Charlton Athletic 4 Doncaster Rovers 0
Couldn’t ask for much more than that.
Doncaster were poor, but Jacko’s team executed an astute game plan, pressed and harried, got forward in numbers creating loads of chances and ended with another important clean sheet.
Matthews missed out due to injury and Gunter came in at right back but rarely ventured forward, unlike Purrington on the other side who popped up constantly in advanced positions and fully deserved his goal.
The first ten minutes were a bit scrappy, but after Elliott Lee had a goal bound effort cleared off the line the stage was set as we upped the pressure.
Lee then took a free-kick on the left hand side and with pace curled right footed a delicious ball past Stockley’s head and straight in.
The second was important, but to have us in any danger Donny had to first get into our defensive third, which they rarely did, and if they did red shirts just swallowed them up.
George Dobson was excellent again winning second balls, breaking up play and moving us from defence to attack. One lovely little pass put Gilbey away who burst into the area only to get fouled. Washington calmly dispatched the penalty for 2-0.
Washington had a shot saved and Purrington missed a great chance at the back stick similar to last week following a good move.
2nd half started with Donny already looking beaten. Donny’s keeper Dahlberg was the blame for our third when he parried another teasing Lee free-kick onto Stockley and into the net, but to be fair he also was mostly responsible for keeping the score down.
It was game over then as The Valley got in full chorale mode and those of us sat at home put our feet up.
Purrington does get into some really good advanced positions (I always think of the play-off goal) and a deep cross from DJ was headed across goal by him past Dahlberg’s dive for 4-0.
There were more chances but it was left to Jacko to punch the air in delight in front of the Covered End and then four tunnel jumps to wrap up proceedings.
The only negative was Leko going off with a hip injury as the treatment room annoyingly gets crowded again.
Probably the most comprehensive home win for some time, but the pace will get picked up on Tuesday when Rotherham come to SE7.
Jacko: “We did a lot of work on what we look like out of possession, especially when we’re attacking, what do we look like underneath the ball? I thought we had a real good shape about us, even when we were attacking we limited them to very few chances and to go and get the clean sheet tops it off. That’s a really pleasing aspect, too.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews