Saturday, 17 November 2012

Burnley 0 v Charlton Athletic 1

Just as I had hoped in the week, the Addicks made the long trip to Turf Moor today and are returning south with three points following a smash and grab raid. Danny Haynes headed the winner in the second-half after a fine Charlton move which Solly started and Rob Hulse teed-up (Sky reported it as Ricardo Fuller, but I'll go with the BBC London commentator).

The match story started early in the first half, however, when Charlton hit the bar in a goalmouth scramble and Kieran Trippier was sent off for a handball which the locals strongly disagreed with. After a long delay, Johnnie Jackson missed his second penalty in succession and we all had that "up against 10 men" concern. Burnley certainly took the game to us for the remainder of the first-half and Ben Hamer pulled off a couple of first-class saves to keep the scores level after forty-five. It sounded like we got the breaks from the referee as Rob Hulse went unpunished for a heavy challenge and several other big decisions went in our favour. We have had more than our fair share of bad luck so far this season, so things have been due to even up. Second-half we heard far less from the hosts as Charlton used the extra man and when Haynes finished after 70 minutes we were home and dry.

It was our third successive Championship victory and we look to be finding our feet. This win was achieved in spite of another disruption to midfield. Dale Stephens was a late change due to illness and Eggert Jonsson got a start. With two home games up next against weaker opposition (I include Hudders in that bracket), we have every chance to consolidate our first half-season and possible push on and take position for an exciting 2013.

COME ON YOU REDS!

8 comments:

Phil said...

About an hour after reading your post it eventually dawned on me why you posted a picture of buses Dave ! Another 3 wins in a row would be most welcome particularly the last of that particular treble eh !

pete said...

I notice no comments for a while. Has everyone been having the same problem I have? Sort it out son!!

Dave said...

Apathy, ardent apathy.

Dave said...

Peter - I think I have taken that word verification off now?

Dave said...

Phil -spot on.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dave et al,
I came on here a few weeks ago when the d&g merchants were predicting the worst things imaginable since the last days of Pardew's reign (more on other sites than this one though). I said we'd have a good November and that this was the best I'd seen Charlton playing in six years of following them.
We've done that and now we have to push forward with a win against Hudds and then Peterborough.
One criticism :) Regarding the logo on the site interface we're not 100% behind Chrissie Powell. We're 101% because where we were at last season and those with short memories forgot that for a while. These boys are the same ones took us to the heights of the red devils last year. They might not hit 101 points this year but we'll finish above Millwall!!!

Dave said...

Anon - only professional footballers are capable of giving more than 100% to anything. That's because those who can don't understand what 100% is! I am immediately reminded of the BBC London commentator at Turf Moor on Saturday who said that "he shot from 30 yards from a very long way out!"

sm said...

It should be noted that in the picture there are 5 buses coming along at once, and possibly more out of sight of the camera!