Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Scunthorpe United 0 v Charlton Athletic 0

A creditable performance tonight from a Charlton side missing Ricky Holmes through injury and Lee Novak who was ill. Esra Konsa was also rested as widely predicted, which meant a first start for The Big Friendly German. Jackson and Foley came into midfield with Crofts and Ulvestad. Lookman and Magennis were the nominal attackers but Lookman was played wide in a five man midfield.

I listened to the game on  BBC Radio London and we held our own in a match short on goal-scoring opportunities. I think we shaded possession and created a few more chances than our hosts who head the early season League One table. Johnnie Jackson might even have nicked it at the death with a free-kick that grazed the post. A good point in the end against a side who had scored 12 goals in their preceding three home league outings. Russell Slade will be satisfied with the clean sheet and the point after seeing his side throw the points away on Saturday.

Two wins, four draws and two defeats from eight league starts is less than many expected. Our record away from home matches that at the Valley (a win, a loss and two draws), which is all the more disappointing for those not motivated to travel and that's quite a lot of us - looked like less than 100 Charlton fans behind the goal this evening.

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