The special one
Charlton Athletic 2 Huddersfield Town 1
A normal Saturday morning in the Chicago Addick
household then. My 9-month-pregnant-other-half did her yoga, I sat on the couch with a big cup of strong coffee, I listened to the football on the computer, Charlton won and returned to the top of the table and people from Liverpool were feeling sorry for themselves
. Yep, d(ue) day passed like any other day with three points adding a nice little stimulus to the rest of the days activities and no visit to the hospital.
We have had some entertaining games with Huddersfield over the years, and today was no exception with Lee Clark's side playing an open game of football in stark contrast to Oldham last week. Starting 4-4-2 with Shelvey sitting out and McLeod starting we marked a goal up early when Sodje, in for Llera thumped a header into the net from a corner, but then we seemed to lose our way sounding jittery in defence and after a fair amount of pressure we conceded a dubious free-kick. Ex-Man U youth player Anthony Pilkington sweetly striking in the equaliser from 25-yards.
At half-time following a tannoy wedding proposal by Big Dave Lockwood (no, I believe he is already married), the radio guys were taking about the introduction of Mooney, but I got my personal wish when they announced Semedo had replaced the unfortunate Spring keeping the integrity of the 4-4-2 put strengthening the defensive side of our game and rekindling the partnership between the Portuguese and Racon. Phil Parkinson should be applauded for another big decision and instantly we were in front again after McLeod headed in from another set-piece following a Sodje flick-on and then the idiot took his shirt off leaving him one yellow from a suspension!
What followed was a game that swung up and down with some nervy moments but overall our football was crisper and brighter with Semedo pulling the strings. It was good to have him back. Wagstaff had another decent cameo and Dave Mooney made his debut, the 495th player to wear the mighty red shirt. Top until Monday at least.Reports: Blackheath Addicted
; Drinking During the Game
; Addicks Diary
; Kings Hill Addick
; And Nothing Else Matters
; Croydon Addick
.Quote: "That was our toughest home game without a doubt. I have to give Huddersfield credit. From a neutral's point of view, it must have been terrific to watch and they really had a go."
- Phil Parkinson