Saturday, 28 January 2017

Bolton Wanderers 1 v Charlton Athletic 2

A coupon buster at Bolton this afternoon. Not only did we take on the division's third-placed side but we did so with only Tony Watt up front and had to play with ten men for 80 minutes. That will have fans reaching for the record books.

It was the unfortunate Lewis Page who was dismissed after ten minutes for what sounded like a professional foul. Clough stepped up for the Whites and planted the free-kick into the top left corner of Rudd's goal for the lead. That had many Charlton fans putting their tin hats on and asking when was the last time we came back from one down with ten men to win? Barely ten minutes later and we were level. Patrick Bauer rose highest to meet a free-kick and the BFG netted for the second match in succession.

On the stroke of half-time, new boy Nathan Byrne scored to give the Addicks a shock lead at the break and try as hard as they could, Bolton couldn't get back into the match in the second-half. A typical Charlton performance against ten men from Bolton in many ways.

The win lifts us into 11th spot in the table and has us looking at play-off places, however unrealistic that sounds. Next week we face fourth placed Fleetwood at the Valley. The Scunthorpe postponement may yet prove to be hugely valuable to us although I can't see this squad having enough steam to mount a play-off challenge. Perhaps the win might galvanise Duchatelet to spend on the marquee striker signing Robinson has clearly been asking for? Duchatelet has always said he would be prepared to spend in January if we look in with a sniff. Sod's Law decrees that Robinson can get this squad to over-perform but miss out by inches.

In the meantime, kudos to Robinson for keeping his side battling out there today and having the courage to go for it after a disastrous start.

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