Brentford 0 Charlton Athletic 1
300 Addicks boated up the River Thames today to Griffin Park to watch the game, but it apparently wasn’t true that Bradley Wright Phillips walked on it instead!
Today was unlikely to be easy with our record at Griffin Park and so it proved as we defended gallantly and rode our luck especially in the first half when the Bees were easily on top.
Powell is proving that without the need for flying tea cups he is still capable of instilling a belief into his players during the half-time talk and we came out of our shells in the 2nd half.
The game appeared to turn after the serious injury to Brentford’s Shaleum Logan, who was stretchered off after lengthy treatment. The delay allowed us to collect some momentum and go for the 3 points and soon enough a Kermie pass put Green away to cross for BWP to steer home in front of a rammed away end.
I had long given Emma the elbow on Player and scurried around the house clasping my mobile checking Twitter instead and in those 13 extra minutes I had a real case for RSI as my fingers continuously pressed refresh to see if we could hold on.
The one negative was the injury to Johnnie Jackson who collided with some advertising boards and will have a scan on Monday to access his hamstring. I know Hogan Ephraim replaced him to make his debut, but the skipper is proving very valuable (remember last season?) and I hope he will be able to take his place in our TV showdown with Huddersfield.
So we march on, but today only by grinding out an untidy result. The kind that championships are made of.
Addick Bloggers at Griffin Park: Mike’s Meanderings; Addicks Third Division Diary; New York Addick; Charlton Casual; God, Charlton and Punk Rock; Doctor Kish.
Powell-ometer: Powell added Ephraim to the bench instead of Euell, which was the correct decision and used both the QPR winger and Waggy to stretch the pitch late in the game.
Elsewhere: Well, Huddersfield set up our mouth watering game with them by claiming the Football League’s longest ever undefeated record as they beat Notts County 2-1 (that is if you don’t include the League Play-Off final). Jordan Rhodes got both the goals. The top 5 all won. MK Dons stuck five past Colchester. Charlie MacDonald getting two. Sheffield Wednesday won at Tranmere, whilst neighbours United beat Carlisle at home by a single goal. Stevenage and Leyton Orient were goalless, Robbie Simpson scored a hat trick as Oldham thrashed Chesterfield 5-2 leaving th Spireites bottom and Preston lost again, this time at home to Rochdale, for whom Nathan Eccleston was an unused substitute in his last game of his loan.