Charlton Athletic 3 Lincoln City 1
So in this most forlorn of all season’s, when our home record resembles desperate relegation years, tonight the Addicks stretched out the fun and anticipation to the final game of the season by managing to beat 3rd placed Lincoln City 3-1.
Charlton Athletic, the grandmasters of kicking you in the teeth, now face champions Hull on Sunday when a win combined with not a win for both Portsmouth or Oxford will take us into the play-off’s.
This game matched so many others this season. At times we were dour and idea-less. At other times we sparkled and roused.
The first half was best forgotten. There will be a Netflix True Life Story in years to come of why Chuks Aneke, a footballer, can’t play a whole football match. Yes, he was very fortunate not to get sent off, but once again his introduction changed the whole dynamic of the team.
It’s not just that, but putting Aneke on is so often the difference between making me stand up and pump fist the reds on, to switching the game off and doing the washing up instead.
We were lucky not to be behind at the half, but with the onus on us, we were unimaginative and lifeless. The amount of times we passed sideways and back in the first half or if we felt ambitious hurled the ball in the general direction of Stockley was painful.
Millar would hurtle forward, stop, turn around and go back. Maatsen at right wing, I think that was where he was playing, was a liability. Ben Watson, woeful. JFC after I said that he has had an injury free season, got injured!
2nd half and a whole new team came out. Well, actually it was the same team but with Aneke. That first goal was possibly the goal of the season. Beautifully crafted, beautifully finished. By the way what a lovely chap that Jayden Stockley is.
Then it was two. Ryan Inniss doing everything right at the far post from a corner. Lincoln, who have had a fantastic season, had finally met their match.
Aneke got the 3rd, it was deflected but it was on its way in, and in normal times the Covered End would had sucked big Chuks into the Lower for a mass hug.
Of course a clean sheet was too much to ask, but we won and we move on to the final day.
How rare is it that we have nothing to play for on the last game of the season?
Nigel Adkins: “We’ve taken it to the last game of the season, and as we know…anything can happen.”
Photo Credit: Kyle Andrews