Charlton Athletic 2 Crewe Alexandra 0
Much better from Charlton today. Great energy at the start, putting a lot of early pressure on them, got the opening goal, then scored a vital second just as Crewe started to have an influence.
2nd half we again started brightest, created chances but couldn’t get a third. Crewe did have their moments and it needed a couple of goal line clearances and MacGillivray saves to keep them at zip, but we should have added to our tally.
An overdue performance from Nigel Adkins’ side which brought many welcome smiles around The Valley. With next week’s game at Gillingham now off, it was not only vital to clock our first win of the season, but also to win it with a bit of style, and we did.
Adkins made just the one team change, that was to drop holding midfielder Dobson, who didn’t even make the bench. Instead Conor Washington started on the previously isolated Stockley’s shoulder and with Kirk and DJ wide we saw a much more fluid style of play.
Stockley was excellent released from the relentless chase of long balls. DJ was very good. He scored the first with a header and set the sweeping move up for Stockley to get the 2nd. Plenty of trickery too. Kirk was a little subdued I’d say against his old club.
Morgan further back in midfield was a million times better, and to be fair to Watson, he also had a good game as did, wait for it, Chris Gunter. Craig MacGillivray is certainly growing into his Charlton gloves and Famewo had his best game since his return.
Elliot Lee made his debut late in the game, 37 years after his Dad made his Valley debut against Grimsby in 1984. I remember it well.
Other than Ryan Inniss going off injured, although Deji Elerewe was again impressive, it was finally a good day for Addicks.
Eyes now switch to Tuesday night’s transfer window.
Mr Positivity: “We’re making sure that everything is positive around the training ground. We’ve got good players and we’ve got a good team. Results have gone against us just of late, but we’ve had good spells. Today we’ve had more stronger spells and, again, it’s about putting the ball in the net.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews