Sunderland 0 Charlton Athletic 1
Unrecognizable that performance. Full of core traits we hold dear – passion, spirit, commitment. Since 1905 it is all you can demand as a Charlton fan.
Sunderland had won every league game at home this season, and then up on the LNER comes this rag tag of bunch Addicks led by a man dressed like the bloke from the Milk Tray advert. They must hate us.
In just a day and a bit Jacko instilled a bare minimum requirement of effort, a belief and imposed a complete change of formation and system. Dobson came in from the dark to play a pivotal and clever role in front of three central defenders including Matthews. Leko played right wing back, Purrington did so on the left and the forward / defender combo caused the Mackems so many problems.
Gilbey and Lee were up and down in the middle with Stockley supported by the energetic Washington in a much missed front two.
Performance was paramount, but it was also a result to take a lot of enjoyment from, I certainly had not been sat that far on the edge of my seat all season watching. It was a terrific team performance, notable for me of how players supported each other defensively and offensively. We often had five men in the box as we attacked and we defended not only in numbers, but cogently too.
We looked dangerous going forward, but for the first time in an age were much more aligned at the back and took greater care of the ball when we had it. A word for Pearce as well, who was immense when he came on for an injured Lavelle, who I hope has not done significant damage to his groin.
We rode our luck at times, and we were helped that the referee stood firm even booking the little sour puss Lee Johnson for one outburst.
It was hard to pick a man of the match. I particularly liked listening to young Dobson interviewed after, who came across really well, and who took his opportunity against the club that let him go. Yet Leko was a constant threat. It’s like he has been put down a year in school, and is now too bright for the class. Long may we keep see him terrorizing defences.
Just one step forward out of the dark, but it’s a happier and more opportunistic place. Superb support also from the noisy Addicks whose loyalty was eventually rewarded.
Jacko: “Thursday was obviously a bit crazy, so we worked as long as we possibly could yesterday. Obviously I’ve changed the shape so I just needed to keep it really simple. Some clear messages about what I wanted, how I wanted to press and what I expected in and out of possession without sort of trying to bog them down with too much information in one day because there wasn’t a lot of time.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews
It was as though we had 15 men out there compared to the dismal performances of previous weeks – well done you Addicks, we couldn’t have asked for more.
The referee was an absolute disgrace
Let Stockley foul for every ariel challenge and Charltons pathetic time wasting.
Jacko has won every game he has taken charge of, Bristol Rovers last season, two cup games and now Sunderland this season, it shows the players respect him and want to play for him and give their all, something that was missing with both Bowyer and Adkins!
Long may it continue, with Euell at his side and hopefully he is given his chance to fully manage the team, he deserves it.
Understandable joy from all Addicks for a win that looked not just unlikely but impossible last week.
However, another win next week is vital, in fact it’s more important than yesterdays success.
Jacko has restored a vital missing link for all Addicks fans: Hope. Your report spot on. Simple, understandable instructions, each player knowing what was wanted. Motivation
And leadership from a guy who knows the game inside out and set a standard at the Valley over many games as a player and skipper which I’m sure he we will (and did this first Match) instil into a bunch of lads who responded so magnificently yesterday. We have, so often, had hope triumphing over experience you may say we should know better by now. Jacko has a tough task ahead. No instant miracles. We must continue to take the rough. But – that word again – hopefully we’ll now let him get on with what he’s started.
As Greavesy once famously said: “It’s a
funny old game.”
Doug Morrison (67 years an Addick)
Terrible referee allowed Stockley to engage in wrestling throughout the game.
Bitter are we?
Oh wipe those eyes. You know you love playing us.
Rob, my good man, the Sunderland defenders extended Stockley’s game shirt by about four sizes!!
Finally, the team puts in a performance. That’s all we want, nay expect from our team if they go out there and play like warrior poets, whatever the result, the fans will be on their side.
NA just didn’t have a plan or a clue, based on the two games he’s run this season (Pizza Cup and this one) if JJ had been in charge of them all, we would be where we expect to be.
Dobson is immense in that holding role, in front of the backline, and gives his all, allowing those in front of him to go forward with confidence, and providing some respite to those behind him, why NA didn’t use him more, we will never know
Next, we will see Ronnie come into the team and bang in 20 goals …