Birmingham City 0 Charlton Athletic 1
An excellent result and not just a clinging on rear guard action. The Addicks created chances too, with youngsters Ademola Lookman and Tareiq Holmes-Dennis outstanding, especially Holmes Dennis playing out of position at right back who danced down the wing to provide a teasing cross for super skipper Johnnie Jackson to head powerfully home.
Lookman started up front with Simon Makienok with Reza on the bench along with the returning Harry Lennon and new loanee Ricardo Vaz Te. There was no place for Moussa.
We were under the gun for a lot of the 1st period, especially before half-time but the Blues never caused many heart-fluttering moments, at least listening to the radio. That was until the final seconds when Holmes-Dennis rounded off a terrific performance preventing Grounds from a sure equaliser.
The vital winner belonged to one man. The inspirational skipper who headed in his 50th goal for the club and celebrated it like everyone of the 49 before it – in some style. For those of you that said Jackson was finished, bow your head in shame.
I will credit Karel Fraeye again, and his staff on our first win away since March and our first clean sheet since August 18th. The players seem to be responding to his more even-tempered style compared to the tempestuous Peeters and the eccentric Luzon. Whether Fraeye is up to it once other managers counter his tactics, only time will tell.
In the meantime nothing changes one iota how I feel about the ownership and the mismanagement of the club. See you in the West Stand car park next Saturday.
Support the team not the adminstration.
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Relegation watch: Bolton go bottom after losing 2-1 at Reading. Rotherham had a big win at Steve Evans’ Leeds and MK Dons drew at home with Fulham 1-1. Huddersfield lost 3-1 at Hillsbrough after leading with 12 minutes to go. Brentford beat Forest 2-1 with Lee Carsley, who has won 5 of his interim 9 games, saying today was his last game. Bristol City drew 1-1 with Hull and Preston lost at home to Blackburn who won in Paul Lambert’s first game.