Saturday, 2 September 2017

Oldham Athletic 3 v Charlton Athletic 4

Karl Robinson and his band of merry men managed a very rare Charlton treble today by completing their third successive away victory inside eight days. The match was eventful with plenty of talking points. 

Ricky Holmes opened the scoring from 35 yards with another superlative strike. Fosu-Henry scored to double our first-half advantage as we dominated early on. Oldham hit back before the break with a spell pressure of their own when
 Davies had pulled one back from the spot after Bauer had conceded a penalty.

Oldham started quickly after the players reappeared and were level within six minutes when Doyle netted. Charlton fans the world over began swearing at this point and repeating the mantras of their fathers. However, Oldham, who haven't managed a single point this season, were down to ten men within three minutes when Fane was dismissed for second yellow. 

Could we beat ten men? After a week of striker-disappointment, up stepped Billy 'midfielder' Clarke to put the Addicks back in front and, with a point to prove to lots of us, substitute Dodoo put Charlton out of reach with a debut finish. There was still time for Oldham to score a third but time ran out for them and we move up to third in the table. Heady times indeed but there will be much stronger tests ahead as we seek to maintain a challenge. The fixtures are falling fairly kindly for us at the moment. The next four sides we face are Southend (H), Wigan (H), Gillingham (A) and Bury (H). Wigan are currently fifth in the table but that will mean that all of the other eight sides we will have played are currently in the bottom-half of the table. I'm not complaining but we should expect some stiffer competition sooner or later.

Karl Robinson will be grinning broadly tonight and he deserves it after a testing week, one which I suspect he will have lots to say about at some point in the future when he not reliant upon Roland Duchatelet to pay his wages. 

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