Charlton Athletic 1 Hull City 0
Happy to see us finish the season on a high. It may have been a sloppy own goal that gave us the win, but it was good to see us keep going at the end looking for another goal.
A very decent return this week, but as expected we just miss out on the Play-Off’s by goal difference with Oxford comfortably seeing off Burton 4-0 whilst down on the south coast Pompey choked at home to Accrington.
I’m pleased the season is over, for the most part it has not been enjoyable and with Covid-19 watching football continues to be a surreal experience, although it has allowed me to watch every game live, football without fans leaves me with an empty feeling, and some of the dirge we have had to put up has only added to the emptiness.
It does say something that despite how often we have been quite dreadful, we still managed to finish the season in 7th and then only on goal difference. Fine lines, such as a last second penalty miss.
Nonetheless we have come a long way since the charlatan-filled, transfer embargoed, administration-heading start to the season, and I’ll write a bit more on the season in the coming days.
As for today’s game, it was mostly pedestrian and Hull dominated the early stages with Amos making an excellent save from Magennis, but we slowly grew into it and were deserving winners.
Towards the end of the 1st half Conor Washington nearly gave us one the moments of the season, when he superbly controlled a cross-field ball from Maatsen and in one movement half volleyed just wide. It was a spectacular piece of skill.
After the break Millar was much more involved and worked the left side well with Maatsen. Then when Chuks was introduced with him and Stockley we had a more threatening look about us, particularly at set-plays
The goal came 15 minutes from time when a teasing Millar cross caused Greaves and Hull’s keeper Ingram to between them send the ball over their own goal line. Famewo came closest to making it two when he saw a header saved.
In recent years we have made it a habit of watching the league champions celebrate in front of us on the last game of the season. Nigel Adkins was being interviewed and with Hull’s players celebrating behind him Adkins stopped deadpan, looked into the camera and said: “That’s going to be us next year.”
That’s the spirit.
Nigel Adkins: “We’ve had 10 games since I’ve joined. Thanks to all the staff, the players and everybody – the supporters have been great. We’ve lost once since I’ve been in charge and that was our best performance against another team that got promoted in Peterborough.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews