Charlton Athletic 1- Colchester United 0.
Bradley Wright, Wright, Wright, (Phillips) scored a fantastic debut goal this evening.
He hooked the ball over his shoulder and into the far corner of the net but unfortunately for him, it won't be the talking point tomorrow morning.
What on Earth went on there then?
It would now seem that perhaps the 'correct' decision was given but at the time, I felt Colchester had been shafted.
*You may want to skip this bit, it does go on....and on.
The ball ended up in the Charlton net, the ref seemed to have a bit of a concern about giving the goal, he chatted to his (male) assistant, the goal was awarded, the goal was announced over the tannoy and celebrated wildly by the away supporters, the 'nicest man in football' went off on one, the Charlton players surrounded the referee, the fourth official became involved, the referee went for another chat with his assistant and FINALLY the 'goal' was chalked off.
What a palaver eh? Mass confusion all around the ground and head shaking were the strongest memories of that particular passage of play.
I've since heard that the referee blew his whistle in the build up to Colchester's 'goal' but at the time, I was completely clueless.
A 1-0 win was the end result though I do feel more than a little sympathetic towards Colchester and their supporters.
A Casual Rating
Bradley Wright Phillips can have a welcome to the Valley Lacoste polo shirt for his tireless running and spectacular goal.
Well done BWP.
Alan McCormack is also receiving a brand new polo for his last minute, (7th minute of added on time) clearance from a Dave Mooney effort.
I'd already decided the ball was in so he certainly saved the 2 extra points.
The Primark novelty slogan tee shirt is not being awarded this time.
Nobody had a stinker.
I haven't quite decided if this was an extreme case of a referee using his common sense and finally arriving at the correct decision or if it was an absolute shambles.
I suppose the Colchester supporters have already made their decision!
What I do know is that he certainly made an impression this evening.