An evening of surprises. The first for me was I didn't go this evening. I was busy all day and didn't quite get around to sorting myself a £10 ticket and couldn't be bothered late on. I suppose that's what happens when you don't have a season ticket and feel obliged to go.
I followed the game on Charlton Life so won't pretend to give you a personal opinion, suffice to say that the early discussion was all about how small the actual attendance was. The consensus apperaed to be nearer 3,000 than the 5,500 season tickets but the official gate was a highly questionable 9,174 (419 visting fans). Slade went with an unchanged side which upset a lot of people but he was quickly rewarded as we raced into a 3-0 lead in half-an-hour. Holmes cracked a 25 yarder to open the scoring, Captain Jack netted again two minutes later and after 30 minutes Holmes curled home direct from a corner.
In between Shrewsbury weren't too bad at all by all accounts. They matched our efforts on goal for the large part and saw plenty of possession in spite of the scoreline. The evening's entertainment for Addicks was also spiced by regular scoreline updates from London Road where Champions-elect Millwall were shipping goals with metronomic regularity. They managed a late consolation but went down 5-1.With the Gills scraping a home draw and the Blades losing at home, the evening really was a coupon buster.
The second-half appears to have been relatively unexciting with fewer chances. Another match of two halves?
Looking at the table this evening, we are now up to 8th and are above Millwall on goal difference. Who'dathunkit?