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Morecambe 1 Charlton Athletic 4

A win! And that one was for every Charlton fan who made it to Morecambe tonight plus Greg and Terry. Ultimate loyalty and blind faith.

We lost Lucas Ness to injury, which sounds as if we may not see him for a while, so it was a little patched up the side, but Campbell, Blackett-Taylor and Leaburn all started with Fraser and Morgan behind them. A much more welcome 4-3-3.

We started well and attacked with purpose and were far more direct creating chances and having pops at goal. The opening goal was even scored by a striker, the first time since seemingly Darren Bent.

Thomas flicked back a cleared corner and Leaburn stayed onside to control on his chest, turn and fire home. It was a very tidy finish.

Then, as if that wasn’t enough we scored from a corner. Inniss showing good movement in the box to head back to the opposite side of the goal for CBT to pressurize the defender into him putting the ball into his own net.

We continued to get shots on target. Clare, who had a good game, ran almost the whole length of the pitch and as Morecambe’s players’ gave up the chase, he burst into the box and had his shot palmed away.

Tyreece Campbell had a great half, and he put in a lovely cross which this time CBT put away himself. That was 3-0.

As is usually the case the 2nd half was a little less exciting, but we still managed to give away our traditional goal after Inniss had what Holden described as a “Beckenbauer moment” back-heeling a pass into the path of a Morecambe player and they broke away and scored.

Here we go I thought, but no we settled the ship and went up the other end and scored the goal of the night after some good possession with Clare in the middle of it. A clever one-two between Rak-Sakyi and Fraser, saw the latter move stealthily into the box to finish with aplomb.

There was a spate of subs, including Kanu and the good to see back Egbo, and the game ended with a cheer for once and not groans.

Dean Holden: “As happy as I am with that performance, it’s really frustrating because we’ve not done that enough this season. We’ve had issues with consistency. Now it’s important, with 10 games to go, that we can’t drop our standards. That’s the challenge to the players.”

Stats (CAFC first): Possession – 50% / 50%; Passes – 377 / 375; Accurate passes – 270 / 272; Shots (on target) – 20 (10) / 11 (2)

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Greg and Terry oh those who never pay to get in but enjoy all the hospitality and limelight and many other genuine supporters for 7 yes SEVEN DECADES never get the credit but exceptional to the 200 who went and LOL must have loads of dosh.
    Just joking lads

    March 14, 2023
  2. JOHN F GOSS #

    Yes agree however you didn’t mention the academy players coming in and making the difference, how refreshing to see our young talent. Innis again making his usual mishap. Holden has warned him do the obvious thing just kick the ball for a throw in. Yea an improvement.

    March 15, 2023
  3. houndal #

    At least staves off any relegation worries.
    Other than that I just wish I could wake up in 2 months time with this season horribilis over.
    Never in 50 years have I not cared less about a Charlton result.

    March 15, 2023
  4. Mike #

    A really good performance and I missed it 😦 as after the all the crap that has been served up, decided not to watch, as didn’t want to waste my time and also paying to see yet another dreadful away game!
    The only blight was Inniss yet again giving away another goal! Had it just been one nil, wonder if heads would have dropped again as previous matches!

    March 15, 2023
    • That’s it Mike. You are banned from watching!! 😉

      March 15, 2023
      • Mike #

        Can’t seeing them playing the same at Cambridge so might as well miss watching that one and save myself another £10 and give you guys a good chance to see another thrashing! 🙂

        March 15, 2023
  5. Shadow Play #

    We got bodies in the box, supplied the passes to them and scored two easy goals (CBT x2) and one with bit of inspiration (Miles Leaburn). The 4-3-3 formation and getting the ball moving faster were really the key. Campbell had a good game on the right flank, playing out of position he looked comfortable and maybe Dean Holden put him there deliberately? If so he has an extra option there for next season.

    This didn’t look like a side who had only scored one goal in the previous 9 hours of football.

    Both Morecambe’s and then Fraser’s goals were well also taken. Ryan Inniss shouldn’t have given the ball away like that, but we missed a couple of chances to close their attacker down or just get bodies in the way.

    Motm for me was Sean Clare, even if CBT got it by scoring twice – also the first time he has scored more than one goal in a match.

    March 17, 2023
    • Was CBT given that first goal? Looked for the life of me an OG.

      March 17, 2023
      • Shadow Play #

        Officially it’s been given to CBT (well so far), but from that range he would have scored and the point is we created the chance which we have failed to do for most of the last month.

        March 18, 2023

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