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Charlton Athletic 2 Barnsley 0

A very enjoyable day at The Valley yesterday with my son and a handful of mates. Pre-match I had a couple of beers with Dave, and then outside the ground bumped into fellow Bermuda Addick Matt.

The watching Charlton experience has been turned on it’s head since Christmas with whatever going on off the pitch for once being over-shadowed by what’s happening on it

The home crowd while still sparse was noisy and spirited. There was a lot more bounce about the old place and Dean Holden has bought into that and Addicks’ fans have bought into him.

Barnsley impressed with their style of play, and we rode our luck more than once, particularly in the first half. It’s nice not to focus on stats like we did under Garner, but Barnsley’s 23 shots, but just 2 on target and two-thirds of possession tells a story we know well.

There was a lot of ‘by hook or by crook’ defending, but the players put their bodies on the line, defended high up the pitch and quickly moved the ball forward utilizing the pace and directness of young Campbell, and Rak-Sakyi.

Lucas Ness was outstanding I thought and Fraser found a second wind in the 2nd half and he, Leaburn and Dobson in particular looked knackered after the exertions of Tuesday.

Holden has brought a more simplistic approach playing to our strengths and instilling a discipline and resolve we haven’t seen for many seasons. I am still at the holding hands stage with Holden, but I like a lot of what he says.

A great day for Tyreece Campbell who finished excellently for our first, and Macauley Bonne was lively when he came on, and it was his turn and shot that hit the post that Rak-Sakyi pounced on to secure the points.

Todd Kane became the latest new Addicks’ signing to get injured. He had a promising debut despite being switched to left back after Sessesgnon pulled out in the warm up. A word on Aaron Henry. He also makes an impression on me when he plays.

A rare clean sheet, but a good momentum building win and a very enjoyable day in SE7.

Dean Holden: “It was an exciting game for the neutral. I’m sure the supporters enjoyed it. We played some outstanding stuff, some of the stuff wasn’t so great. I genuinely don’t care how we win at the moment. It’s about getting a foundation – three wins on the spin. We’ve jumped a place higher up the league. What happens off the back of that is that you build momentum – support base, players and staff.”

Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 39% / 61%; Passes – 279 / 423; Accurate passes – 177 / 300; Shots (on target) – 8 (4) / 23 (2).

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Shadow Play #

    Yep, we rode our luck but we were due some fortune and got through a tough game at the end of a long week. By the end there were a few players whose fuel gauges were in the red zone. Lucas Ness was superb at the back and I wonder how Dean Holden will set the team up now that Eoghan O’Connor is back and close to starting. Ryan Innis is looking good, when Todd Kane was subbed off we went to a 3-5-2 formation which worked.

    This was also our first league clean sheet since Shrewsbury away in late October.

    I think it likely we have seen the last of Jayden Stockley – despite some tired legs he was left on the bench and Macauley Bonne was brought on before him. He’s gone from being club captain and first name on the team sheet to our second forward reserve and an unused one at that. I presume his non-appearance was to prevent him getting injured and scuppering a move.

    January 15, 2023
  2. Steve #

    Jammy game to come and watch CA you’ve missed some stinkers this season as you know.
    Could Holden turn out to be a managerial King Midas ala Robert di Matteo???
    A win at Peterborough next week could have us believing.

    January 15, 2023
    • I know Steve. I definitely lucked out yesterday. I was going to be at the Cheltenham game, but had a change of heart….

      January 15, 2023

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