Aston Villa home. What was the score? Won 2-1
Phew they will be the death of me. Nurse! More drugs please.
Fantastic result this morning that has kept a big smile on my face for the entire day. When Agbonlahor steered the ball inches wide late on, I had my heart in my mouth but then to see Bryan Hughes head in a late winner was so just after the Fulham game. Pardew as a mate informed me earlier has now been responsible for 25% of our points tally, in just 2 games. Just shows what a proper bit of inspirational bounce can do. It is hard to figure that these were the same players that strolled around under Reed's command.
It was another early start for me this morning and I was on my tod in the pub to watch both teams start sluggishly although despite sleep in my eyes I saw Darren Ambrose run around like his life depended on it and he was very unlucky with an ambitious curler that Kiraly just turned onto the crossbar.
Our defensive play is still peppered by errors and El Kak turns from hero to villian in a matter of seconds. Equally HH proved that he is slowing down in terms of pace and decision making when he gave away a penalty on 39 minutes. I thought either side of the half we lost our way a bit but one of El Kak's long cross-field balls was met by a revitalised Darren Bent who stooped low to head in. It was game on then as we gained confidence and took the fight to Villa magnificiently.
Barry was sent off for catching Rommedahl although I was baying for him to have a shot on goal yards before he went down. 10 men are often so hard to play against but we started to turn the screw as Traore headed against the bar, then with Hughes and my man of the match Holland driving us on as well as Thomas when he came on we finally got our just deserts.
A hugely encouraging and vitally important victory, which as Pards said sends a message out to the teams above us that we are NOT finished yet.
Finally a word about Alan Pardew. He spent the whole 90 minutes in the technical area encouraging all players within earshot and chasing any ball that went out for a throw on, none of this sitting next to Richard Murray in the West Stand with an ear piece on crap.
At half-time he had a face like thunder and when we equalised he went over to a disabled kid sitting behind the bench and gave him a kiss before jumping into the crowd after Hughes scored as all around him the coaching staff went bonkers.
Now, this is what we have been missing, this is what being Charlton is all about. Welcome Mr Pardew.Opinions of those that were there: cafc.co.uk
; The Times
; BBC Sport
; All Quiet
; Addicks Diary
; Frankie Valley
; Villa Blog
.Super Al: "We sent the fans home screaming from the hills."