Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Second XI defeat Royals

Charlton booked their place in the second round of the Carling Cup after claiming victory against Championship side Reading. Chris Powell made 11 changes to his team opting to give a run out to the squad members that have played little or no part in the league games this season. Reading also made a number of changes but Brian McDermott blended in some senior players to add a bit more experience to his side.

The game started very quickly and there opportunities for both sides to get off to the perfect start but a mixture of good defending and poor finishing ensured the scores stayed level. Paul Benson and Jason Euell both missed decent chances for the Addicks whilst Jobi McAnuff went closest for the visitors.

It was Charlton who were to break the deadlock however with Paul Benson bundling a ball into the back of the net. Charlton went on to dominate the remainder of the half playing some nice football and creating some good chances but again poor finishing prevented them from adding to their tally.

The second half started in much the same way with Charlton using their passing and moving game to good effect. The Addicks doubled their lead on 65 minutes, Jason Euell claiming his first goal senior goal for the club since his return. Simon Francis was the unlikely provider. The former Southend full back sent in a pin-point cross with plenty of power leaving Euell to simply guide the ball into the back of the net.

Reading grabbed a goal back 9 minutes later and thoughts immediately turned Saturday's draw against Scunthorpe. But time the team managed to see the game out despite some late pressure from the Royals. A good night's work for the Addicks but some potential selection headaches for Chris Powell. Brian McDermott will be scratching his head however as Readings patchy form continues.

Powell's team took their opportunity it has to be said. I was pleased that he went ahead and made all the changes and it's great to see that we genuinely have competition for every place in the team. This is a great situation to be in, particularly as it's a long hard season in this division as the amount of games is huge if you take into account league games plus the Carling Cup, FA Cup and the JPT. We will need to utilise this squad over the course of the campaign.

With the focus now back on the League One competition Powell now has to decide on his team selection for the trip to Bury. Powell can take some confidence though knowing that if he does want to mix his team a little, there are players there who will relish their opportunity and give their best to stay in the team. A real contrast to the attitude of last seasons squad.


  1. Great blog as always . Please don't think I'm being picky but there are infact 9 days between the Bury and Sheff wed games
    Pirate Bill

  2. Cheers PB, for some reason I thought that the Sheff Weds game was on Bank Holiday Monday...

    Thanks for pointing it out.