Monday, 10 October 2011

Second best but still first

Another weekend passes with Charlton sitting top of League One. It wasn't a great match on Saturday, and in the end we might have been fortunate to snatch the point.

The game was pretty awful to watch if you were an Addicks fan. The first half performance was very ordinary and Tranmere deserved to go in at the break a goal ahead. Their deflected strike left Ben Hamer no chance and should have been a wake up call, but it wasn't. There definitely seemed to be some kind of hangover from Wednesday's game against Brentford, even though there were changes made within the team.

There was improvement in the second half and Charlton created more but nothing clear cut. The referee awarded us a penalty, I'm still not sure why even after seeing it on TV, but Johnnie Jackson struck it well and sent the keeper the wrong way.

The crowd were both relieved and elated, not least because Tranmere had resorted to a fair amount of time wasting tactics throughout the second half with Owain Fon Williams being the major culprit. His antics ensured that JJ had to wait some time before eventually being allowed to take his spot kick. It was a well taken penalty which headed straight for the bottom corner.

Charlton stepped up a gear afterwards and put some pressure on the Tranmere back four at last, but it was not to be, even Bradley Wright-Phillips was off the mark and failed to properly connect with a great chance from six yards. A draw was probably the right result, though Tranmere were a bit aggreived at the penalty being awarded.

There was some disappointment at this result, but I think we need to accept that we are not going to win every game we play. We are still unbeaten and are in an excellent position. We are going to hit a bad patch at some point in the season, this might actually be the start of it, so we need to dig in and grind out a few results until we get ourselves back on track again.

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