Charlton Athletic 2 - West Bromwich Albion 2
Pretty furious about the two points we've thrown away there, so I'll keep this really brief.
First half I thought we were rubbish. Nowhere near enough intensity or desire apart from the lads at the back and Livermore. I think the half was summed up by Johnstone doing his best to give Charlton a goal straight out of the Graeme Jones playbook where outfield defenders are allowed to abdicate responsibility and give the ball to a footballer only good enough to play in goal, who then tries to hit passes like Pirlo.
We got away with that one and Zohore scored a goal after winning the ball and then, in a style that was to follow for the whole match, shooting from a ridiculous angle when others had a tap-in, only to get lucky with a block and finish the rebound well. It's a bloody good job he scored.
We conceded a goal when Charlton didn't look dangerous from a cross and a knock-down: Bowyer did his homework on that for sure but it felt like a stroll in the park or a 'ride it out' performance from too many and I'd have happily subbed half of them.
Second half we were transformed. Not sure if it was the game plan or a rocket but, calling them out, Sawyers, Pereira, Phillips, HRK and Zohore suddenly started running about, putting themselves about and wanting the ball. For about 25 minutes we were utterly dominant, scoring one but having 4 or 5 situations when we broke 3 v 3 or better but our decision making was terrible, we shot from range or slowed it down at the last moment. We should've been out of sight before the subs were made.
Diagana's arrival added created more space and again that final ball was either rushed, over elaborate or not even chosen and you just knew it would come back to haunt us.
Charlton's 2nd came from another long cross, overloading Townsend and I'm pretty sure Johnstone should've kept it out.
There was still time for us to waste opportunities. The best that sticks in mind was Townsend being played in and he really should've just cut across and put his right foot through it from 14 yards but he wanted ages for it to roll to his left foot and was robbed having been 60-40 favourite.
Pereira planted a decent opportunity for a free kick into the wall and from the rebound Austin did his best to set up Charlton for a break away winner - thankfully they weren't good enough to take it.
Top of the league but the gap shortened and a really missed opportunity. Let's hope we can find a pacey forward to put all of our attackers under pressure to perform for 90 minutes like they did in the second half here.
Thanks Brendan Clegg for all your great reporting on the Albion games. I would be lost without you,
Albion supporter in Ireland
Well Said Richie! Thanks Brendan for the always informative posts. A reliable source of information on what's really happened in a game and how players are performing.
It's been a slightly disappointing Christmas and New Year period, but we are still several points clear of the 3rd placed team. A win against Stoke will be a great boost. Come on you Baggies!
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