Monday, 23 April 2018

Jordan Cousins would like to come back one day

Former Addick and QPR player Jordan Cousins would like to come back to The Valley in some capacity later in his career. He grew up in a house five minutes from The Valley and is holding his summer soccer camp in Greenwich: Wants Valley return

Home truths at The Valley

Richard Cawley of the SLP reports: 'Josh Magennis has refused to go into detail about the “home truths” dished out by Lee Bowyer when he took caretaker charge of Charlton Athletic. The underperforming Addicks looked big outsiders to secure a League One play-off spot when boss Karl Robinson quit for Oxford last month. But Charlton have taken 16 points from Bowyer’s eight games in charge and are fifth in the table after Saturday’s edgy 1-0 victory at Portsmouth.

Magennis found himself out of the starting line-up until the last two matches but scored in a 2-0 win at Shrewsbury a week ago as well as providing the assist for Nicky Ajose’s goal at Fratton Park. 'The best thing with Bow is how brutally honest he is,” said the Northern Ireland international. “He tells you how it is. There were a few home truths when the gaffer left and he said he needed to change it up.'

'Some things are meant to be kept in-house. We’re all adults and if you can’t take a bit of criticism then you’re in the wrong game. I’ve got a great amount of respect for everybody, it needs to be kept behind closed doors.'

'Being out wasn’t nice but the biggest agenda isn’t whether I play 90 minutes – the main aim is promotion. We know that Wembley is well within our grasp. There is so much at stake for everybody and we have a genuine chance of getting there, not many people get to say that.'

Charlton definitely have more steel since Bowyer’s appointment on a temporary basis until the end of the campaign. 'We have got very gifted players but sometimes ability isn’t enough,” said Magennis. 'You have to be ready to go to war. Charlton are a big scalp. Charlton is a massive team – you can see that with our travelling support and at The Valley. Bow expects high intensity. That’s how he was as a player – in people’s faces – and he doesn’t expect any less now. Coming off wrecked is a bare minimum.'

I have reproduced the article in full rather than providing a link as the SLP site is responding slowly after recent problems.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Vital win for Charlton

Charlton beat Portsmouth 1-0 at Fratton Park this afternoon through a Nicky Ajose first half goal in front of 2,448 away supporters who were in fine voice, his first goal for the Addicks since 2016. Play off rivals Plymouth Argyle lost at Northampton.

On 16 minutes Ajose did good work down the left and turned provider for Magennis, but it was just taken off his toes. Four minutes later a Forster-Caskey shot was deflected wide. From the corner a Forster-Caskey shot was scrambled off the line.

Charlton were clearly the better side. They were winning possession and broke forward a number of times. They just needed better decision-making in the final third.

A Fosu volley went wide. The home fans were getting frustrated, On 33 minutes Pompey had their first shot on goal, but it was well wide.

On 40 minutes Ajose made it 1-0. He took advantage of a Magennis flick, the keeper came out and Ajose slotted past him.

Pompey came out strongly in the second half and won a series of corners. Charlton had to dig in, but stood up to the test with Amos in command of his goal. Fosu had to be withdrawn on 57 minutes with a hamstring problem and DaSilva came on for his 50th Charlton appearance. One minute later Reeves hit the post with a volley.

On 60 minutes a great Konsa tackle prevented a Pompey goal. Page was injured and was replaced by Marshall. An Ajose effort on 71 minutes was blocked. A Forster-Caskey shot was deflected on 76 minutes for a Charlton corner

On 80 minutes Amos made a good save in a crowded box. Six minutes were added on, extended to seven, but Marshall won a late free kick by their goal.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

To the Londoners 2-0

Charlton were back in the play off places tonight after an unanticipated 2-0 win at promotion chasing Shrewsbury Town. The result leaves Paul Hurst's Shrewsbury five points adrift of the automatic promotion places with four games remaining.

Chances were in short supply at either end in a goalless first half, with Ben Godfrey firing a shot from outside the penalty area off target for Shrewsbury. Then Aristote Nsiala headed a Shaun Whalley free-kick wide as the hosts pushed for a breakthrough.

Charlton were first to threaten in the second half when Jake Forster-Caskey's corner was headed over by Magennis. Shrewsbury quickly surged forward and substitute Abo Eisa's cross-shot was pushed away by goalkeeper Ben Amos.

Tarique Fosu's well-struck shot for Charlton was tipped over by Dean Henderson before visiting skipper Pearce headed a Forster-Caskey corner just wide. But Pearce was more accurate when another chance presented itself in the 74th minute, heading in a Forster-Caskey free-kick from the left from close range to break the deadlock. The Addicks doubled their advantage deep into stoppage time when Magennis lifted the ball home following a sliced clearance from Henderson.

There is now everything to play for in a massive game at Fratton Park on Saturday.

Solly out for rest of season

Chris Solly is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. He will undergo keyhole surgery later this week: Chris Solly

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Top six finish still on says Bowyer

Lee Bowyer reckons that a top six finish for Charlton is still on: they could beat Shrewsbury, Portsmouth and Blackburn: Bold promotion claim

There is something to be said for being positive, but each of these teams is a formidable opponent and Charlton haven't really looked up for it.

Bowyer reckons that the boos at the end of yesterday's game were directed at the referee.