Not a convincing performance by the sounds of it but we took the lead and hung on. A fine first-half strike from Racon settled it, even if the world and his wife initially reported it as Semedo. Southend got at us in the second-half and we rode our luck. Semedo was lucky to stay on after a hard tackle whilst on a yellow and Parky was moved to replace him immediately. Elliot made several last ditch saves and Southend should have had a late penalty but a handball was missed by the officials.
Parky took the opportunity to rest a number of players as Doherty, McCormack, Reid, Martin and Abbott all started. None of them sounded like they did too much in terms of competing to stay in the side for Saturday. There were an impressive 1200 Addicks fans down there and they were in good voice at the end.
Roll on Saturday!