Charlton Athletic 2 - Leyton Orient 0.
Charlton maintained the 6 point gap over the chasing Northerners this afternoon with a comfortable home win.
Despite being at the top of the league for over 6 months, there don't seem to be very many Addicks enjoying it.
I guess we know there's always a chance there could be an almighty choke at the final stages and we just want to get these games out of the way.
Of course, while we are winning it doesn't matter one jot what those teams below us are doing but we also know that pressure makes everyone behave in different ways.
Would a Manchester United fan be worried with a six point lead over second place? Of course not. They'd be (sat on their sofa in Surrey) sure of their dominance.
At Charlton it's different. We have seen the most appalling fall from grace over the last 6 years and it just feels odd to have something going right for us.
Today, Charlton were in command for most of the game.
The team seemed keen to erase the memory of last weekends trip to Huddersfield, though the referee seemed equally keen to keep jogging our memories with some rather, (ahem), crowd baiting decisions.
As last week, it really did seem as if the Bloke In Black was quite enjoying being the pantomime villain.
I was amused to find out the referee's name was 'Brown', as that was exactly the shade on the colour chart that was being repeated by everyone around me when mentioning his performance.
Mr. Brown denied two penalty appeals within the first 5 minutes and finally gave a free kick, outside the penalty area on the left.
It was a case of 'Wiggy - Waggy' as Rhoys Wiggins crossed very quickly, bypassing the napping Orient defence for birthday boy Scott Wagstaff to poke home from close range.
The rest of the first half was a series of Charlton pressure, Orient clobbering Kermorgant and the crowd screaming with derision at yet another 'contentious' decision by Brown, or more often waving away appeals to penalise the clattering of our Breton battler.
We were all up and celebrating when a Stephens corner was sent into the roof of the net by Cort, who's bullet header was unstoppable.
Brown was the centre of attention again when he disallowed the goal.
He seemed to be motioning his decision was for a handball but he didn't book anyone which I'd have thought was the normal state of affairs.
In the second half, Orient looked better organised and made a couple of decent efforts on goal.
Kevin Lisbie still looks a pretty good player at this level and Matthew Spring has a decent shot on him and was able to put his foot on the ball to distribute well.
Mooney, the other ex Addick, was woeful and unsurprisingly substituted.
He may have been trying too hard but nothing he did today came off.
Mooney remains the only player I've seen, to manage the remarkable achievement of scoring a goal and then to be roundly booed by his own support as he tried to 'stick it' to the crowd while celebrating.
Orient had their own claim to a penalty when a point blank shot was saved by Hamer and then deflected onto an arm but it all happened so quickly there was little anybody could have done to get out of the way.
With the Charlton support starting to get a little jumpy, the final few minutes were much more relaxing after Lee Cook did extremely well to fight back and win possession. He then floated in a perfect cross for Millwall loanee N'Guessan to head home.
Referee Brown could find nothing wrong with this effort and Charlton strolled home as 2-0 winners.
The finishing line is in sight.
Nearly there Addicks fans!
A Casual Rating.
Even though Orient came back into the game much more in the second half, they never really looked like grabbing much from the fixture.
Charlton looked the better team and unsurprisingly sent the O's packing.
Orient were very keen on telling everyone they could be the only team to 'do the double' over Charlton this season but without the benefit of a flukey deflected goal and playing against 10 men for 85 minutes, it wasn't to be.
The regularly awarded Lacoste polo isn't going to anybody on the pitch today.
Sometimes football isn't the most important part of a football day.
I'd like to make the award to those Orient fans who walked to the Valley today to raise money for charity.
Well done to every single one of them.
The Primark novelty slogan t shirt is going to me, for my 'stupidity' in going out and having a fantastic time last night, seeing Stiff Little Fingers at the Forum Kentish Town, and subsequently feeling a little fragile throughout the game.
I'm old enough to know (much) better.
Mr M. Brown didn't come to The Valley to make friends.
He left having accomplished just that.