Cardiff City 1 Charlton Athletic 2
Recently Guy Luzon said that he likes to win beautifully, but yesterday was quite beastly by all accounts, yet another 3 points was added to our growing total. That’s now 5 wins from 6 games since the Norwich debacle that most definitely wasn’t beautiful.
It wasn’t much of a game by the sounds of it, kind of an end of season match in the first week of March, but once Cardiff got their noses in front, I didn’t hold out much hope for what was to follow.
Luzon’s changes made all the difference with lively Eagles replacing the lost Lepoint and the forgotten Simon Church on for the quiet Bulot. At half-time Marko Dmitrović had already replaced the injured Stephen Henderson, who we anxiously wait on news although Luzon’s initial reaction was positive.
Both Eagles and Church contributed to the victory with Eagles involved in the equaliser dispatched by the on-fire Tony Watt and Churchy, who under three different managers has hardly had a look in his final year of his contract, was felled in the box to allow Yoni Buyens to confidently put in the penalty.
Rarely are the words late penalty for Charlton ever seen in real life, and the celebrations from the almost 1,000 Addicks in South Wales were long and loud.
A week to get further players back. Igor was rested yesterday but still made up the numbers on the bench being preferred to Ahearne Grant. Rhoys Wiggins is getting close to full fitness although Morgan Fox has improved game by game.
Elsewhere in The Championship: Blackpool lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday, after two wins in two Wigan lost at home to Leeds and Millwall were beaten 4-1 by Norwich at The Den. Fulham were thrashed on the box by Bournemouth Friday night 5-1 at Craven Cottage, Huddersfield lost 0-2 to 10-man Rotherham and Reading entertain Brighton this week.