Saturday, 17 September 2011

Rochdale 2 v Charlton Athletic 3

A fourth successive away win in the league today moves us onto 20 points at the top of the table with Sheffield United who beat Colchester 3-0. 

We were under the cosh early on and it took a fine save from Ben Hamer to prevent Rochdale from taking the lead. Johnnie Jackson then took strode into the game and it put a cross onto the head of the unmarked Danny Hollands two yards out and he opened the scoring after twenty minutes. We had the better of the first-half from then on and capped it with a Rhoys Wiggins drive that flew in off the post. Surely we could settle in the second-half and close the game out? Who knows, maybe add to our goal difference? 

Instead we let Rochdale back into it and two goals inside the opening twenty minutes levelled the scores and all Charlton fans feared the worst. The two commentators on CAFC Player (Radio Kent) had seemed overly positive and were still saying they expected the Addicks to go on and win the match. Ten minutes from the finish, man-of-the-match Johnnie Jackson played down the wing and another cross was headed home by father-to-be Danny Hollands. We survived a last minute scare when sub Jason Euell headed a Dale effort off the line from under the bar. 

We have a good chance in the next two matches to establish a lead at the top and put some distance between us and the play-off places. Chesterfield should be easy meat for a confident Addicks side if we can play better at home and we then face MK Dons away in midweek which is effectively our game in hand. If we can remain unbeaten in those two, the match at Bramall Lane that follows on 1st October should be a belter, although Chris Powell may well have just been cursed with the Manager-of-the-Month award. Time to start looking for trains to Sheffield methinks.

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