Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Viva Espana

Through the wonders of Twitter, I managed to keep relatively up to date with Charlton's latest pre-season friendly against Bristol City, this despite the match taking place in Spain and me being in Gloucestershire at the time.

It seems the first half was a relatively tame affair, with only a few chances for either side. Best chance for City fell to former Plymouth winger Yannick Bolasie, but he could only manage to hit the Charlton upright. The Addicks should have scored through Sam Williams but he headed wide when unmarked. The half time whistle came to the familiar scoreline of 0-0, just as the Welling game.

Both teams made 11 changes in the second half and again, much like the Welling game, there were goals looming. Charlton opened the scoring with Bradley Wright-Phillips netting from close range. BWP almost scored a second soon after but for a good save by the Bristol City keeper. City equalised through Jon Stead after a mix up between Michael Morrison and Elliot. Apparently Morrison left the ball for Sullivan, but Stead nipped in and scored from close range. But the Addicks sealed the win after a decent cross from Ruben Bover Izquierdo was met by the head of Johnnie Jackson.

We apparently looked a "solid unit" and competed with City for 90 minutes, which is a good achievement considering City are in the Championship and we are a League One outfit with a completely new team. So far so good in pre-season. Two games, two wins, who could ask for more?

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