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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

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. SIMON RIDER #

    That feels a lot better. Could do with going on a confidence building run now. One or two new additions and a good week on the training ground might be the platform we need.

    August 29, 2021
  2. NorfolkRed #

    That’s a good, balanced summary of the game CA. I too thought both Gunter & Watson played well and l hope that they can maintain that level of performance and add some consistency in their game. Agree too that Morgan was far more influential and not far off of a MotM display. A deeper role definitely suits Albie better. Two strikers at home is a no-brainer and l hope for more of the same. Elliot Lee gave an assured performance on his debut. I am impressed that you were around to witness his Dad’s debut 127 years ago and even more impressive is that he played his first game 11 years before Charlton were formed lol.

    August 29, 2021
    • As you know Norfolk supporting Charlton can age you 😂 😂

      August 29, 2021
      • Norfolk Red #

        We are of a similar age l think so l share your pain! Keep up the good work.

        August 29, 2021
  3. Donald Nash #

    1894 You’re a lot older than I thought,any other historical tales?

    August 29, 2021
  4. **Date now amended to 1984. Sorry about that.

    August 29, 2021
  5. David Evans #

    Great result against The Railwaymen from Crewe. We now need to up the anti and get into a winning stride. COYR.

    August 29, 2021
  6. Shadow Play #

    The key thing was going to a 4-4-2 formation and dropping Albie Morgan to play deeper while strengthening the centre by playing Conor Washington also in his best position alongside Stockley. It only took Nigel Adkins five matches to do what should have been screamingly obvious to him after one match. Morgan has some talent, playing him as a number 10 wasn’t one of Nige’s better ideas.

    With Harry Arter about to join and rumours of other recruits incoming then hopefully we have turned a decisive corner.

    And did Robert Lee make his debut in 84 or 83?

    August 29, 2021
    • I believe ‘84 but 1984 and not 1884 as I originally wrote ☺️

      August 29, 2021

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