Portsmouth 1 Charlton Athletic 3
We do like a day out in Pompey don’t we..
Well, well. Happy New Year. What a pleasant surprise, and it will give us all a lift, but we have to now use this as a platform to move forward in what is a very important month.
Dean Holden set us up well I thought utilizing a formation suited to the players he has available.
Our most dangerous and quicker players started the game in a 4-3-3, and it would have been defensively (as usual) that gave me the most pre-game concerns, but other than the set-piece conceded in 1st half injury time the back four stood up really well, with particular praise to Lucas Ness, who I thought had an outstanding game.
Maynard-Brewer didn’t have a lot to do, but I thought confidence coursed through him and outwards the entire game.
The midfield is usually pot luck, but Dobson, Fraser and Morgan all impacted the game positively. Morgan was the tastier side of marmite today and Fraser’s goal reminded us of the reputation he arrived with.
For me, the key was the kind of football we played. None of the fannying around our own box. Defenders cleared their lines, or when in doubt kicked it out. We worked harder off the ball an pressed from midfield with energy but sensibly.
We got the ball forward quicker exploited spaces utilizing the width and pace of CBT and Rak-Sakyi. Yes, sometimes they headed down dead-ends, but it was positive and the ball is a long way from our own penalty box.
A word for Stockley. It has been a tough period, a horrid season. However he came on and played a really key role in seeing us home.
I was really pleased for the travelling Addicks. We needed the win, they deserved the win and performance. George Dobson led by example, as he always does, and it was a small shame that he didn’t score the 3rd himself, but he didn’t care as he reeled away to celebrate with the fans behind the goal.
Just a start, but I’ll take it.
Dean Holden: “It gives everybody real confidence and belief. And momentum for our supporters. They’ve needed to see that, irrespective of the result. The result is most important in regards to the league but the fans driving down here today needed to see that kind of performance.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 49% / 51%; Passes – 382 / 385; Accurate passes – 290 / 283; Shots (on target) – 14 (4) / 11 (4).