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Charlton Athletic 0 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 (4-3 on pens)

This team….. Just when you want to shun them, give them the cold shoulder, they come up and give you a big fat slobbering kiss!

What a performance, one filled with heart and hope. I didn’t want to use that last word, but it spilled out. There is a lot to happen still off the pitch, whether sooner or later, but it was a night for us not to forget all of the issues, but a night to saviour, and to remember what it is to support this football club.

I listened to the commentary and it was a very good game. Of course Brighton dominated possession and chances, but we defended exceptionally well, and had chances ourselves and made good use of the ball when we had it.

The youngsters were a real credit. Lucas Ness, Richard Chin and of course Ashley Maynard-Brewer were exceptional. The midfield also sounded as if it covered some serious ground snapping at ankles. Then a pause for George Dobson, often a one man machine, but tonight part of a team.

It was the largest League Cup Valley crowd for 18 years and the atmosphere was electric. We won a corner near the end of normal time, and the noise on the radio was incredible. It made my heart pound.

Fantastic memories for those that were there. A night off from all the drama, negativity and distrust. I assume Peter Varney, and of course Dean Holden enjoyed it as well.

I’m also chuffed for Anthony Hayes, and Jason Pearce. Well done both, as well as Sam Lavelle, who seems like a nice lad, but has had a terrible season.

Sleep well Addicks. There is life in the old bird yet. COYR.

Anthony Hayes: “That’s the minimum requirement when you wear this badge. The quality has to improve but if we have that as a base, not many teams will beat this.”

Roberto De Zerbi: “I’m sorry for the result and sorry for our fans, we wanted to win the game and play in the quarter-finals.”

Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 23% / 77%; Passes – 90 / 295; Accurate passes – 50 / 253; Shots (on target) – 6 (2) / 18 (6)

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  1. NOW That,s just the bestest Early Christmas present we could have wanted.

    December 22, 2022
  2. Daggs #

    I wasn’t expecting that (nor was anyone, probably) If we can reproduce that performance we can get ourselves safe for this season. Maynard-Brewer was excellent, he should become first choice now.
    Hopefully new ownership is on the horizon and next season we can make a go of it.

    December 22, 2022
  3. Chris #

    That’s the best Christmas Present ever !!
    Passion,commitment, and determination all the game and outstanding performances from Dobson, Maynard-Brewer and we showed we can match the best.
    Big praise for Inness who demonstrated he’s not prepared to be beaten and showed he means business.
    The fixture against Peterborough is a game we can and should win.
    The covered end choir and drum were brilliant and matched the 6000 Brighton fans noise 👏

    December 22, 2022
  4. Floyd #

    Quality evening CA – mots fans pre-game were thinking if we could stop Brighton from scoring more than 5. To come away with a win just felt so good. Big shout to Jack Payne whose interaction with Sessegnon on the left was awesome – so often in the first half it was Payne in the left back slot covering. His enthusiasm and energy makes him an automatic starter in my book. And then of course when JFC came on he just naturally raises the teams level of quality – what is going on there I would love to know.

    December 22, 2022
  5. houndal #

    Yes its taken 5 months but finally a game where we can be proud of the team.
    OK Brighton should have won but then they are PL and everyone worked their socks off to compete.
    As far as off field is concerned, I think Holden having a contract only to end of the season re-inforces the belief that he is a stop gap appointment to stave off relegation leading to a sale in the Summer.
    Scott has a contract till the end of Jan which seems ridiculous in its brevity.
    There must be some reason for it.
    Fingers crossed we don’t revert to type against Peterboro.

    December 22, 2022
  6. NA4Y #

    Picked this game as one to travel to a while back; when we got there we realised that the whole Jimmy Seed and upper West stand were 100% Brighton fans. Our covered end easily matched them – at some point in the second half our chorus of we’ve forgotten you were here had me laughing out loud. As for the football that was a proper performance by a ‘more limited’ team playing against a ‘better’ team – thoroughly engrossing to watch. We have some fantastic youngsters coming through and even Innes with his mistake or two per game was able to move fast enough clear his own block before it went over our line – obviously concentrated the whole game. One last plea, and I don’t normally say this, but no more McG in goal. He’s just slower to react than JoJo or Maynard Brewer. On the way home my son showed me a rapidly deleted tweet from a Brighton fan at the game saying Charlton put in a real 90 minute shift so shame Charlton then lost on penalties… finished off my evening nicely.

    December 22, 2022
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      December 22, 2022
  7. Mike #

    Great display, listened on Brighton’s own site for free, just had to sign up, and save the £4 Charlton would have charged me! Charlton need to learn something from this! Fair enough pay to see a video no problem, but for just a radio commentary, which I didn’t know was also on 5 live extra, that’s just trying to squeeze every last penny out of supporters, when they are trying to entice them back.

    Ashley Brewer should have been our main choice number 1 a long tome ago, he was often man of the match at Hearts until he got injured, but like Phillips previously, who also kept be cold shouldered, was only really given a chance as the first choice was injured for a few games. Just lucky Garner wasn’t still here as he wouldn’t have played!

    The biggest laugh of the night came when Chucks got injured after about 2 minutes after coming on as a sub, what a complete joke that guy is. No doubt he will now be staying at home for the rest of the season playing his fantasy football on his ipad, but still collecting his wages not earnt! Until we see him again, prancing around in the waves enjoying himself, on Charlton’s pre season trip.

    December 22, 2022
  8. houndal #

    £30k a month will help to soften the blow for Chuks.

    December 22, 2022

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