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!