Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Addicks edge it

Leicester City were left to rue their missed chances after an entertaining encounter at The Valley last night.  Leicester started the better side but the Addicks managed to grab a goal against the run of play when Bradley Pritchard fed his namesake, Wright-Phillips, who turned and shot low to the keepers right hand side.  The ball was perfectly placed and weighted, and Kasper Schmeichel had no chance of keeping it out.

Yann Kermorgant added a second from a Rhoys Wiggins throw-in.  The ball bounced off the head of a Leicester defender and much to the away fans annoyance, Kermo banged it into the roof of the net.  The Addicks could have had a couple more during the first half with Leon Cort going close with a header and Wright-Phillips putting a shot wide.  Leicester created little during the first period though some of their play was neat and tidy.

If Charlton fans were not already in a buoyant mood, then the appearance of Ricardo Fuller on the pitch at half time may have lifted more spirits.  It was announced that Fuller has signed for the Addicks on an initial one-year deal.  A very astute signing by Powell in my opinion.  Fuller has had his share of injury problems, including a back issue that prevented him from joining Charlton when he was a 19 year old.  But at 32, he is by no means finished, and I think he can definitely do a job for us in this division.

The second half was a totally different affair altogether.  Nigel Pearson made a double substitution with Andy King and David Nugent replacing the ineffective Matt James and Jermaine Beckford.  It didn't take too long for the visitors to pull one back with both substitutes linking up and King fired in from a Nugent centre.  The goal had been coming, and having the two goal cushion at the end of the first half was enough to ensure we didn't share the spoils.

The Foxes played some great football and created bags of chances but a mixture of good defending and poor finishing meant they would leave South London empty handed.  A draw would have probably been the fairest result but after the heartbreak of losing an injury time goal to Birmingham, we'll take the three points thanks.

To have four points after our first couple of games is a great start, particularly as we have faced two of our toughest opponents in this division.  We lived dangerously at times, Leicester are obviously a very good side at this level, and we have to take our hats off to our players who never stopped running.

Yann Kermorgant will be particularly pleased with himself knowing he grabbed the winning goal, but his celebration will only help to darken his reputation with the Foxes fans, if that's even possible.  After the ball hit the net, the Frenchman wheeled away towards the away fans with his finger to his lips to silence the boos that rang out when his name was announced.  It was a well taken goal and it shows what the player can do if left with that much space in the box.

Hopefully our players will not have to endure too many barrages like we saw in the second half last night, but what it does highlight is the importance of taking your chances when they come.  We didn't do that at Birmingham on Saturday, had we done so, we might have been sitting at the top of the table, though third at this early stage of the season is good enough for me.

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