Charlton Athletic 1 Bristol Rovers 0
Plucky little Charlton..
Three words to warm your hearts. A well deserved victory yesterday where despite being down to 10 men from the 7th minute, Charlton battled like soldiers but continued to show attacking intent with Tariqe Fosu and Ricky Holmes outstanding. Billy Clarke ran his socks off as Robinson decided against replacing Novak like for like, but instead Ahmed Kashi and Jake Forster-Caskey allowed Clarke, Holmes and Fosu to play further forward preventing the age-old Charlton problem of sitting back on the lead that Patrick Bauer gave us in the 38th minute.
Novak meanwhile blew his chance standing in for an injured Josh Magennis, which highlights how short we are of options up front. Tony Watt’s lazy 20-minute substitute’s cameo was met with a combination of rage and bewilderment by Addicks. Watt, who had chronicled his big push for fitness through the summer on social media, is an enigma but the complex Scot’s time must be up in SE7. Robinson told the media after he was following instructions, but the whole cameo was a bit of an embarrassment.
How good is Kashi in the division? Let’s all pray that the Algerian can stay fit. When he went down with a bit of cramp yesterday the internet nearly broke.
A hard earned and very positive victory then for Robinson and the boys. And The Valley was in good voice too. It’s a start.
Quote: “The fire was lit and the roof came off and that’s why I came here. It’s their team, not mine and we play for them.”
Addick Bloggers: Drinking During the Game; Addick’s Third Division Diary; Chris Powell’s Flat Cap.