Saturday 6 January 2018

Charlton Athletic 1 v Oldham Athletic 0

An ugly win but one that we desperately needed to halt the slide. Oldham were as poor as their league position suggests but we still needed Ben Amos to prevent them from taking something from this game after Stephy Mavididi put Charlton in front after careering into the box from the left, slaloming past two defenders before poking his shot in at the near post. 

Bury away next week is a match we should get something from before we return to the Valley and another point-rich opportunity against Walsall. If we could see Duchatelet off in that timeframe, the club might benefit from a big feel-good factor, although this season looks over to me. 

Karl Robinson is speaking out this evening about the need to strengthen the squad but has also said he has had to tell interested parties that "we are not trading at the moment." I feel slightly cheated that Duchatelet has a reasonable excuse for not spending because I am pretty sure he wouldn't be even without an impending takeover. 

I am still boycotting Duchatelet-owned Charlton and took myself over to Park View Road again this afternoon where the Wings rediscovered some form, inspired by fit-again talisman Joe Healy, to send Eastbourne Borough back to the south coast with a 3-0 defeat. Welling started quickly, as they have a habit of doing, and with Eastbourne on the rack, it was Durojaye who opened the scoring after 9 minutes as he arrived on the edge of the area with the Wings working it around. The ball was slid to him in a yard of space and he put his right foot through it to send his shot high and wide of Mark Smith and inside the right-hand upright. They might have score again minutes later when Tom Bradbrook lashed a ball across a pack box. It was headed for the top right corner but somehow, Will Hendon, standing on the line managed to get his head to it and divert it over the bar. Some of those around me thought it just hit him but it looked deliberate to me and was some save.

Disappointingly, Welling came off the gas after that and whilst Goldberg and Romain ran for everything, they weren't committing nearly as many men forward as they had been. Eastbourne didn't really create much until after the break but even then they struggled against the Welling backline. As the game wore on I was worried the visitors might find a goal from somewhere but the non-stop running Elliott Romain was rewarded for chasing a long ball down late on when he judged his turn in front Smith's downfield clearance perfectly and managed to get a deflection which flew back beyond Smith and spun inside the post.

Two minutes later Romain was named man-of-the-match. I understand his loan spell is coming to an end an it could be his last game for the Wings. Perhaps he was conscious of that too, because in added time he stooped to meet a driven cross and his powerful headed beat Smith in the centre of the goal.

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