Charlton Athletic 2 Burton Albion 0
A poor game, but a pretty comfortable win which eases any worries. Takes us 13 points above the drop zone, although Crewe can still catch us 😀.
2-0 up at the break, but we were actually better in the 2nd half. We didn’t really look in any danger as Burton failed to muster a shot on target, although ex-Addick Oshilaja did hit the bar.
Two well taken goals, the first following a pin-point goal-kick from MacGillivray landing a ball into the path of the ever-willing Washington, who raced away and lobbed their keeper with aplomb.
The second was from an up until then quiet CBT who cut inside from the left and fired in low shot. In the second half there were a couple of half-chances to add a third, but the game closed out without any stresses.
The back three of Lavelle, Purrington and Clare did the simple things right, although Clare’s distribution was lousy.
There’s a player in Gilbey somewhere, we just need to send out the search party, and he and Fraser were pretty invisible whilst Dobson covered the whole of the pitch.
Stockley suffered from any lack of service, but was more than useful in defence, particularly as Burton’s most potent tool were long throws and Washington once again ran his socks off, and is the most able in our squad of buying time and keeping defenders guessing.
Lastly Rebecca Welch, the first woman to referee a league game at The Valley was the best I have seen this season.
Jacko: “The players have stepped up. After the Accrington game we spoke quite honestly and openly and said, ‘what are you bringing to the party in the remaining games that there are this season.”
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: “When you have 13 shots you need to test the keeper, at least.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews