A dirty win
Charlton Athletic 2 Exeter City 1
Described by one Addick as a dirty win, and certainly we made hard work of it, magnified by a fine 2nd half Exeter display but 3 points is 3 points and I would expect home fans will see a lot more of those kind of games this season particularly when we don't get on the scoresheet early.
It's always difficult to judge from the radio but the first 30 minutes sounded like business as usual as we got to work early but the goal didn't come. However Bailey did score at a perfect time just before the break. 2nd half it sounded like we played too deep and encouraged our guests from Devon to gain confidence and the young Noone was causing us many problems, and his surprise substitution gave me a lift sat on the couch.
Spring fitted well into Semedo's spot but according to Tim Breacker he should be fit for Tuesday. Youga was most correspondent's man of the match and like others I was pleased McLeod got on the scoresheet. I feel he could be a real impact player for us this season but unsure if he would be better starting in a front two or coming on for Burton to stretch opposing defences as games enter the later stages.
I am concerned about our recent inability to close games out. Our fitness was being credited early in the season but in recent games players such as Bailey, Sam and Burton have clearly tired and Parkinson does seem like he is hesitant to change players and/or the system during the games (admittedly it nearly backfired at home to Wycombe). Yesterday was the first league game this season that he has used all three subs.
Leeds' late winner prevented a return to the top, but I think that result more importantly put some more elbow room between us and Franchise. So it's hard to have too much to moan about, and we need to rally around the boys as we enter a very testing week. Come on you reds.Reports: Drinking During the Game
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