Preston away. What was the score? Won 2-0
Someone once said it only takes a second to score a goal. Well the last second is fine by me. Two great finishes with almost the last kick of each half kept the Addicks ticking along nicely, squashing any post-international rustiness and our 53-year barren streak at Deepdale. I always reckon ticking those kind of stats off is a very good sign and it was another fine away win adding to the four already collected this season.
In the first half I thought we had much the better quality and we showed some patient passing finally getting our rewards when ZZ superbly finished with his, wait for it.... foot. I sensed that we had that goal in us as the half came to an end, and injury time is as we know a great time to score.
In the second 45 our defence came under a lot more heat as the home players attempted to impress their new manager with real effort, if not quality. We withstood a couple of spells of intense pressure, particularly late on and Weaver made a couple of very good saves.
I thought the introductions of Holland, Ambrose and Varney each interrupted Preston's flow though and all three helped steady the ship, although Luke Varney surpassed himself with another confidence boosting cameo.
With me watching the clock tick down (I don't know where 4 minutes came from but it seems to be average in this division) Iwelumo released Varney out on the right and sensing he had the beating of Davidson he raced into the box and finished well before getting buried by red shirts. Then, as if on cue, the final whistle blew.
I took some advice
and spent £3.50 and watched it online. The picture quality was good although I regularly lost the feed and suffered the commentators repeating themselves as the sound stuttered but overall it was great to watch the game, especially the movement of the players and of course the goals.
This was a fine win and even better because I thought it was one of Reidy's less effective games. Other players pitched in with the probing including Sam and Thomas, who I thought was top drawer in the first half. The back five were immense with Mills at the heart of everything, once appearing out on the left wing, Basey again impressive and the centre pairing of Sodje and Fortune dominant, bequeathing further confidence to Nicky Weaver.Who was at Deepdale: Addicks Championship Diary
; Charlton Athletic Online
.Reports: Sky Sports
; Sporting Life
; Lancashire Evening Post
.What Pards' said: "If you're going to try to play football in the Championship, you must deal with the physical side of it and the tempo, and I think we have the right ingredients to do that."A bottle of fizzy pop for:
Nicky Weaver. A couple of great stops to perserve the lead and he coped very well under pressure at corners. Deservedly our number 1 in my mind.