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Unbeaten so far, this game saw a couple of changes at full-back. Harding was omitted following the birth of his child and Dani Ayala replaced him, with Halford moving to left back. And Sam Hutchinson slotted in on the right.
Hutchinson Ayala Collins Halford
And, as we are beginning to expect from Sean o’Driscoll, the first half had some incredible football. Charlton’s midfield simply had no way to deal with our fluid attacking play, even if our domination only resulted in a few clear cut chances. Guedioura hit the bar, Lewis hit another of his specials (going in from a seemingly impossible angle) and a couple more chances fell to Lewis. The whole thing was extremely pleasing to the eye, with everyone playing their part. But the man who really stood out was Simon Gillett who was absolutely controlling the midfield.
Charlton had more of the game in the second but on balance I would say we were still in control. Especially when Dex controlled the ball and played in Hutchinson who coolly slotted it past their keeper. It didn’t all go our way though, as we failed to regroup following a substitution, Charlton exploited the gap and Fuller scored – setting up a relatively nervy finish.
Overall some fantastic football – mainly on the deck, lots of movement, looking for the right pass and to keep possession, and working very hard to win it back when we lose it. A fantastic performance and something to be proud of. Project o’Driscoll is coming along nicely.