Sunday, 11 November 2012

Bristol City 0 v Charlton Athletic 2

As predicted, we beat hapless Bristol City this afternoon to make it two wins in-a-row and haul ourselves up to 16th. I was watching Scotland square up to the All Blacks but had the sound off so I could listen to the commentary from Ashton Gate.

To be honest, it sounded to me like a case of when, not if we would score, so when Stephens rattled both posts and Haynes pounced it felt like we were home and dry. We were invited to meet friends at the O2 for a meal in between their tennis event and much as I didn't want to miss the commentary or the rugby, they had travelled down from Cambridge so I sacrificed the second-half of our game.

It sounds like we were very good value for the victory and I was pleased to learn that Michael Morrison thrust the dagger to put us in control for the last 40 minutes.

We now face a tough trip to a Burnley side who are very good at home before two very winnable games at the Valley where we will entertain Huddersfield and Peterborough. Ricardo Fuller returned before the final whistle today as a sub and with other injuries clearing up, we might just find ourselves winning more games before New Year than we lose. 

There is every chance we can fight our way into the top ten and then it's all to play for in 2013. The first back-to-back wins in the Championship for five years has put the doom-mongers back in their boxes. I only wish there was genuinely more encouraging news from behind the scenes. Still, I reminded myself that we returned to the top flight in 1985 after an absence of 28 years with absolute chaos at the club and playing at Sellout Park. Anything is possible as we proved on Tuesday evening.

Charlton forever!

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