Charlton Athletic 2 Lincoln City 1
An important win. The Portsmouth result would have meant nothing unless we followed it up today.
We deserved the win, but true to form we somehow almost blew it at the end. As the weather deteriorated so did our confidence and Lincoln came within inches of equalizing as we played an unexplainable 9 minutes of injury time.
We started sluggish as well allowing Lincoln to impose their ‘up and at em’ style on us from the off, but we settled down and created a couple of openings before taking a 36th minute lead.
Fraser sent Leaburn away down the right, the youngster then fired over a tasty cross that was met by Fraser’s head and although the ‘keeper got a hand to it, he couldn’t keep it out.
Fraser was good today and offers so much more playing higher up the pitch where Holden has had him playing.
We were cruising after that and we added a second before the break when Blackett-Taylor fired delightfully into the roof of the net. Fraser this time the provider.
CBT is a frustrating player to watch, as much as he has a goal like that in his locker, he equally can fire them into Sam Bartram Close. In the 2nd half he created a couple of opportunities for himself that afterwards you just wish he hadn’t as the end product was so meh.
Miles Leaburn really should have put the game to bed straight after half-time when Rak-Sakyi pounced on an error had a shot saved and Miles spooned it over.
Our clean sheet woes continued when Lincoln gathering a little confidence after hardly being it, scored with 15 normal minutes left.
Still, there didn’t seem to be any concerns but as the rain lashed down and we played until past 5 o’clock Lincoln almost grabbed an equalizer and we bayed for the referee to finally blow up.
Those last few minutes showed that we still have a fragility about us, but generally the defending today was less scientific and more simplistic with Ness and Inniss clearing lines and throwing themselves into blocks well.
It was all about the result today, but we deserved to get our second win on the bounce, and we head to Manchester in good spirits.
Dean Holden: “But we saw it through. We won ugly in the end. The conditions were tough. We stuck at it. Ideally, we would have been more comfortable, and I’m disappointed we didn’t get that clean sheet. But we can’t snuff at two wins in the last two games.”
Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 60% / 40%; Passes – 461 / 298; Accurate passes – 341 / 164; Shots (on target) – 19 (7) / 11 (2).