Charlton Athletic 1 Sunderland 1
I thought before the game with our injuries that I’d take a draw. I was even more certain after half hour as we were hanging on and behind to a 2nd minute goal. Sunderland had chances to bury us in that first 30 minutes, but by the half-time whistle the worm had started to turn and we finally started to get our act together.
2nd half was a diffent game. We were excellent and it was the Black Cats that were hanging on and riding their luck. Taylor deserved the rub of the green that saw his cross turned in for an own-goal equalizer. He was excellent again.
Sunderland had chances in the first half after they scored, but probably not as good as Darren Pratley’s header and especially Karlan Grant’s chance when it was easier to score. Although Whatmore did have a very good chance for Sunderland in injury time.
Bowyer flattened the formation at half-time, did away with the diamond that Sunderland exploited so well, especially down our right and clearly Bow gave them a bit of Fergie hairdryer treatment as well.
We showed what a good side we are in the 2nd half. This with an injury list as long as your arm. In fact it was a cracking game and a great advert for League One played in front of a noisy and busy Valley, which must have been great to be a part of.
Anfernee Dijksteel was having all kinds of problems in the 1st half, but was vastly improved in the 2nd, which is a credit to his ability. Albie Morgan was excellent and was replaced by debutant Jonny Williams. Fosu was busy, Bauer was solid, although most praise was heaped on Naby Sarr, who does own a lovely range of passing. The once maligned Frenchman is much improved, and gaining in popularity.
Our first draw since October, and keeps us tucked in nicely. We need to just hang in there during January as we await key players to return.
Addicks at The Valley: Doctor Kish;
Bow: “It’s what people want to see. The owner wants to sell. It is going to happen, we just don’t know when. I keep hearing rumours but I don’t think will happen Monday or Tuesday or I’d like to think I’d heard something.”
Elsewhere: Rochdale have now let in 13 goals in 3 games. Burton the latest to hand out a thrashing winning 4-0 at Spotland. In the other game Coventry were stopped in their tracks after three consecutive wins. Scunthorpe beat the Sky Blues 2-1.