Saturday, 25 November 2017

Scunthorpe United 2 v Charlton Athletic 0

Not a great surprise to go down at Scunthorpe given their league position and our growing injury list. However, we again had chances before they scored with Magennis, in particular, seeing a close range first-half header somehow pushed onto the post.

Josh Morris won the game for the Iron with two fine strikes from distance; the first a peachy free-kick around the hour-mark and the second a 20 yard strike on the run and we had no response. Karlan Ahearne-Grant came on but it was a tough ask at two-down and Hackett-Fairchild also got the last five plus added time. 

Down to sixth and some distance lost but we still have two games in hand over Bradford and Scunthorpe and one on Shrewsbury (who lost again today) and Wigan. One of those games comes on Tuesday at home to Peterborough. Being a Charlton supporter since the seventies, my natural pessimism causes me to look at 7th place (where you miss the play-offs) and there we have a five point gap over 9th December visitors, Portsmouth. So, a six pointer there before we head to Bristol Rovers. Blackburn Rovers are on a roll and they visit the Valley after that before we go to Southend in the week and finish at Wigan on the Saturday. A real challenge to our end of '17 finish. Let's hope there's no further injuries and we make a fist of it.

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