Charlton Athletic 3 Portsmouth 0
A lot of good things to enjoy tonight. No less than watching the game with a few fellow Addicks in the pub in Bermuda.
As a comprehensive a win as you could get. Some great individual performances, but pleasingly a team effort to really buy into.
Portsmouth are no slouches under Danny Crowley, they have recruited well and lost just once in the league this season. So all the more pleasing to win again on the back of the Exeter result.
With no Leaburn, Garner picked Kirk in the hole behind Stockley, and it garnered the best out of both. CBT was the CBT we hope he can be consistently, and credit to both him and his boss to conceive that kind of response tonight.
I am really starting to see something in the Dobson / Fraser partnership, both were really at it tonight and drove the team forwards and backwards creating spaces and closing gaps. Fraser was especially good.
Both the centre-halves scored, from good old fashioned headed set pieces. Now, defensive partnerships take time, and these two are not perfect individually or together, but night’s like tonight will only help.
Lastly on the team, our improvement has coincided with the return of Egbo and Sessegnon. We look miles better with them in the side. Square pegs in square holes.
A very enjoyable win, and particularly pleasing for those at a sparse Valley, who made a lot of noise. I reckon we will all sleep better tonight, Ben Garner needs some more of that special sauce on Saturday if we are make this winning a habit.
Ben Garner: “I think the standout for me was the team ethic, how hard all the players are working for each other, which is something we have spoken about and want as a minimum standard here. The pleasing thing for me is that I think we can still play a lot better and improve a lot more.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 49% / 51%; Passes – 366 / 384; Accurate passes – 274 / 289; Shots (on target) – 11 (6) / 10 (3)
Photo credit: Keith Gillard