Scoring at The Valley has made the news more than once this past week. The ‘Sextra Time‘ CAFC sex tape scandal had put Charlton in the headlines but it was (yet another) Berg-Gudmundsson stunner, and two very well taken goals by Tony Watt, that sealed the deal on Saturday afternoon.
The goals were all superb, but it was the manner of the victory that was most impressive. The players were brimming with confidence and appeared full of energy. They hardly allowed Huddersfield the time on the ball to create a meaningful attack and ensured the 25,000 Charlton fans, many of which had taken advantage of the football for a fiver deal, went home happy.
New Charlton manager, Guy Luzon, must take credit for the turn around. He took over in very difficult circumstances and had the fans on his back following the dismal performance against Rotherham. I must admit, I was very sceptical of his appointment and his habit of crouching down in his technical area immediately irked me. However, he has clearly got the dressing room behind him and has overseen three superb 3-0 victories that have put a smile back on the faces of many disillusioned Addicks, including mine.
Yesterdays victory ensured that Charlton leap-frogged over Huddersfield into 12th place and took another step closer to safety. With only 12 games to go, The Championship table is really starting to take shape and looks set for a very exciting conclusion. The top 8 are are only separated by 8 points whilst the bottom three now find themselves 6 points adrift.
In-form Nottingham Forest visit The Valley on Tuesday and I hope that many of those who took the opportunity to watch the game on Saturday return to create another great atmosphere. No matter how many supporters turn out, Dougie Freedman is guaranteed not to receive the warm welcome offered to Chris Powell upon his return to The Valley. The ex-Palace legend was rumoured to be in the running for the vacant Charlton managers job following the dismissal of Bob Peeters, but he ended up at Forest whilst Luzon took the reigns at Charlton.
Charlton can expect a tough game, but if they put in the same sort of performance that we saw against Huddersfield then there is no reason why we can’t secure another victory. 3-0 anyone?