Monday, 26 December 2011

Yeovil Town 2 v Charlton Athletic 3

A nail-biting afternoon for Addicks fans as we twice came from behind to win in dramatic late fashion with a cracking goal from Danny Green. Our players should take enormous credit for fighting back and for taking the game to our hosts in the final twenty minutes as we went for the winner. We extended our unbeaten run to eleven games and we are all set for Leyton Orient who were trounced three-nil at home by MK Dons today. It promises to be a fantastic end to 2011 as we look to increase our eight point lead at the top-of-the-table. Chris Powell, take-a-bow.

I switched to the Yeovil commentary before half-time and was able to follow the game far better listening to the local commentators. If BBC London commentators were a footballing side in our division they would be in the relegation zone. Fan pressure got Emma shifted for awhile and although we haven't had to suffer her so much of late, the Beeb have obviously decided to punish us with whoever else we get.

Obike opened the scoring after eight minutes with an overhead kick although it sounded like Hamer might have been at fault in the build-up. The Yeovil lead didn't last too long because Danny Hollands headed home at the far post from a Green corner.

We didn't seem to do enough first-half and could have few complaints when Huntingdon met a 50th minute corner to head home from close range to make it two-one. After that, however, we pulled our socks up and set about them. A free-kick was whistled home by Yann Kermorgant and the quality of it stunned the Somerset commentators. They were completely taken aback but full of praise. After that we moved into Yeovil's half and created a string of chances. Rene Gilmartin made two cracking saves from Morrison and Green , and Bradley Wright-Phillips skewed wide twice when put in on goal. It got desperate towards the finish and the ball was cleared off the line twice before Danny Green drove a shot home across the goal. Yeovil stormed back before the whistle but Hamer made a fine save and we stopped one on the line. It sounded like a fantastic game and one that the near 1000 Addicks in the crowd of just under 5000 will talk about for a long time to come.

The bonus was that the mighty Sheffield Wednesday conceded two late goals to lose 2-1 at Walsall, thereby extending our lead at the top and our breathing space. Huddersfield and MK Dons both won but it makes no difference as our side marches on. I am really looking forward to starting New Years Eve in East London and starting 2013 with more confidence and self-belief in my football team since the last century. Again, all those involved need a massive pat on the back. The best thing about all of this is that this squad looks so much better than the rest of the division that we might just take a run at the Championship next season if we can see it through and keep the best of the squad together.


Phil said...

You're wishing your life away Dave ! You're a year ahead ! I listened to the BBC Radio London commentary and after we went behind I turned it off for superstitious reasons and watched on Sky. It did the trick eh ! A fantastic fightback as you say that speaks volumes about the side's spirit. COYR !

Dave said...

Merry Christmas Phil! Yes, just wish my typing could keep up with my thinking. That or I should read what I've written! Great time to be an Addick after five years of pain.

tony said...

There number 8s parents must have a sense of humour (Ed Upson).
Well it tiggled me.