Fleetwood Town 1 Charlton Athletic 2
Much, much better. A plan, an identity, a hunger, a bit of luck.
I liked the midfield but it needed Harry Arter to be influential and he was. A fitter, calming overlord that Ben Watson never is.
Gilbey and Lee were busy and in sync supporting the mobile and threatening Leko, Kirk and Davison.
The back four had a much more secure look to it, although it wasn’t perfect and twice, once early, and once late, MacGillivray had to save the day.
Equally the Addicks’ goalkeeper was possibly at fault for Fleetwood’s equalizer coming once again just after the half-time break. I sat there then thinking this is the test. Will Adkins’ men fold, cling-on, or keep on doing the right things, and generally they did the latter.
We created a few more very good chances before substitute Stockley dispatched beautifully a Leko cross to put us back ahead. Something that we haven’t been able to do all season.
We rode our luck a bit and defended a barrage of long throws via a combination of fortune and determination but very much deserved our win.
Losing wouldn’t have borne thinking about with Doncaster winning, but it is a start, albeit for me we now need to win and impress in the next four league games.
Sadly, just like after we beat Crewe, we now have a two week recess, which is a shame.
Fleetwood were not particularly good, but after 28 team changes in five games Adkins may have found the secret sauce.
One last word for the Addicks travelling support at Highbury. They sang the whole game, and were brilliant. This one had to be for them.
Mr Positivity: “We’re all involved, it’s an us and we’ve got to keep working hard to get ourselves out of the situation we’ve put ourselves in, from a points total point of view.”
Simon Grayson: “You’ve got players out there today that haven’t trained since Tuesday night, we’ve got six players out as well, we were really down to the bare bones today but we kept going to the end with the never-say-die attitude which has been shown again without getting the final outcome of late to equalise to give us a point.”
Photo Credit: Kyle Andrews