Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Charlton sink U's

Charlton continued their fine form with a 2-0 victory at Colchester last night. The opening exchanges saw Colchester go closest though the Addicks quickly gained a foothold. The match was virtually put safe during a spell where Bradley Wright-Phillips bagged two goals and Scott Wagstaff, Johnnie Jackson and Paul Hayes all went close.

The first goal came after a Michael Rose pass was intercepted by Wright-Phillips. A one-two with Scott Wagstaff saw BWP receive the ball inside the Colchester United box and the finish was never in doubt. Wright-Phillips grabbed his second after a well worked opportunity involving three Charlton players. Michael Morrison ran the ball out of defence and found Johnnie Jackson. Jackson crossed into the box and found the head of Paul Hayes who unselfishly headed the ball on to the waiting Wright-Phillips who calmly slotted home from close range.

The hosts made a bit more of a fist of it in the second half but despite some half chances and a string of corner kicks, they rarely troubled the Addicks defence. The hero for the home side was goalkeeper Mark Cousins who pulled off a string of fine saves to stop Charlton adding to their tally and foiled Wright-Phillips who was desperately looking for his hat-trick.

Although Wright-Phillips managed the two goals, Paul Hayes needs to be given credit where it's due. Hayes was often a handful for the U's defence and looks to be playing a vital role for the team. Hayes was unlucky not to get on the score sheet for the second successive game having shot agonisingly wide and seeing an effort brilliantly saved by Cousins.

Danny Green made his debut for the Addicks but had little time to impress. Wagstaff had another decent game and Green will likely be sitting on the bench again when Charlton entertain Scunny on Saturday. Jason Euell was given 10 minutes to show us what he could do and was unlucky himself not to score. Cousins again was the man of the moment and pushed Euell's shot wide.

It was a professional performance from a side that seem to be growing in confidence. U's manager John Ward was complementary of Chris Powell's side in his post match interview and admitted that the better side won the day.

Next up is Scunthorpe. The Iron have yet to pick up a win and are currently languishing just above the drop zone. A defeat against Oldham last night might just be the tonic they need to get themselves fired up. There is no doubt they will be looking to knock the wheels of the Charlton juggernaut and Chris Powell's side will need take care not to get too complacent after their recent run of results.

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