Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Charlton Ath. 1 - Colchester United 0
A loud Valley witnessed a pulsating game involving two teams playing on the edge this evening.
The referee threatened to lose control many times but seemed to just about keep a lid on things.
Returning ex-Addick, Kevin Lisbie, was the unlikely recipient of an injury time straight red card to go with a previously earned yellow.
Earlier in the game, I had been fairly sure that neither team was going to finish with 11 men.
The goal was a mixture of high skill and good fortune.
Lloyd Sam twisted and turned so much while approaching goal, the covering defender tied himself in knots and fell over.
He didn't get up, leaving Sam free to deliver the killer cross for Forster to powerfully head past the 'keeper.
Unfortunately, the defender then had to be stretchered off, receiving warm applause from all parts of the ground.
The rest of the game was a nervy affair for most of us, - we really needed a second goal to ease the tension.
Five, (FIVE?) minutes of added on time, included the usual obligatory couple of moments where it looked like we were going to throw it away, not least when Colchester appeared to miss an open goal with almost the last kick of the game.
The relief when the referee finally blew his whistle was clear for all to see.
Supporters and players celebrated 3 valuable points that really shouldn't have been in doubt but as we know, nothing ever goes completely to plan at Charlton!
A Casual Rating
The Lacoste polo shirt is being awarded to Jose Semedo.
Another accomplished performance from our Portu geezer. He soaked up most of the Colchester attacks and managed to usually be just in the right place to put in important blocks.
The Primark novelty slogan tee shirt is going to Aidy Bothroyd and his long ball, hoof it style of play.
Both teams spent long periods of the game looking upwards, waiting for the ball to come down again from the sky.
However, in all honesty, I enjoyed tonight's game more than any other I've been at for months.
Lets hope it's the start of a really enjoyable few weeks for Charlton Athletic.