Sarfend United 1 Charlton Athletic 2
Phew, how about that to start off a weekend. Add some fish and chips, a pickled gherkin or two and a pale ale and tonight has been rather enjoyable. If I get 10 hours sleep tonight I will think Christmas has come early.
Admittedly at 5pm Bermuda time I wasn't in such good spirits. I had switched my computer off in a huff and swung my leather chair into my desk rather too zealously and stomped out of the office to meet my waiting other half and daughter.
Bradley Allen on BBC Radio London wasn't too complimentary and he made one comment that resonated with me about us having no leaders. I was left embarrassed by how Bailey's part in Jean-Francois Christophe's sending off was described on the radio. It sounded as if he again fell as if shot by a sniper parading as a ball-boy but to be fair eye-witnesses seem to agree he was caught in the face and certainly Sky Sports pictures showed Christophe walking to the tunnel without complaint.
Bailey helped drive us forward in the second half but it was the introduction of Reid that provided the impetus. The cross for Sodje's goal was excellent and his finish from Llera's fine long ball was cracking. Meanwhile Elliot has had a 'mare with Southend's goal but he's redeemed himself with saves both before and after. In my mind it is Mooney who needs to be the most sheepish after his 2nd half miss.
Like Orient earlier in the season, it obviously wasn't a vintage performance but to be a goal down and then get a late winner away from home in front of delirious away fans can do wonders for spirit and confidence.
We won our next three games without conceding after that night at Brisbane Road. So feet up tomorrow to see what the others do. Looking at the table tonight we are still only 6 points behind Norwich. A win over Brighton, Tranmere and Orient at home in the last month and I might have treated myself to a some mushy peas tonight as well!Quotes: "I didn’t get a clear view of the incident, but it seemed that after the referee awarded them a free kick just outside our box Bailey might have been a little slow to hand over the ball. He received a punch in the face for his troubles, with no arguments offered by their player for the red card (for good measure Bailey was given a yellow)."
Blackheath Addicted"Hope all Addicks are home safe. Even the bloke who weed on me on the Tube can't dampen (ahem) my spirits! Sweet dreams."
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