Views from PerthImp following Saturday’s 2-1 win away at Charlton Athletic in League One: “What a performance and a result. Whittaker was 30 minutes late and I thought it would be a red immediately, plus the referee levelled the game up. Scully – a goal from early-season 👏. Once it was 10 apiece we had no choice but to sit back but we still managed to catch them on the break two or three times. Thought Jacko let Stockley go a couple of times but generally Poole and Jacko handled their strikers well. BNC managed to keep their winger quiet most of the game – got beaten a couple of times but great experience for him. Jamie Robson took his opportunity well, but was still caught out a couple of times. Poole and Fiorini for me were immense with Poole probably shading MoM. Hopefully, that should see us safe for the season 🤞 (another couple of points would be welcome though).”
More views from our Match Thread:
APHLCFC: “Great result.
Said pre-game I thought it was the sort of line-up that fits in with the ‘vision’ of the club. Young, quick, attack-minded.
Well done to MA for having the balls to approach a game like that in the way he did and hopefully that’s a blueprint for how we approach next season.”
Brendan Bradley: “In the first half we played well, in fact moving forward we were pretty slick because we defended deep and there was acres of space to move into when we got hold of the ball. Despite that they got round the sides of our defence a little too easily and could have scored a couple of times from that before we took the lead. But we looked dangerous and inventive going forward and we shaded the first half, and finished it in control with the massive advantage we were gifted. I haven’t seen such an idiotic second booking since Shackell decided he didn’t want to play any more at Carlisle. But I doubt I’ll ever see a player so intent on getting sent off as Shackell was that day.
In the second half Charlton obviously weren’t going to be so attack-minded so we had a lot more possession and we lost our drive. Then, Whittaker decided to throw away the huge advantage we had with a ludicrous lunge. I don’t think he actually knows how to tackle and so this is what you get when he’s in front of our own bench and expected to put something in.
For those who weren’t able to see the game we then completely lost the initiative and to be honest – which I know brings me some mild and less mild abuse when we’ve had a good result – our goal led a charmed life for 15 minutes.
Fortunately, we rediscovered the first half and it was actually a nice move before Scully rifled that one in.
We still had to suffer when Stockley eventually got one right and immediately after that we were lucky not to give up the equaliser because Washington was clean through and put the ball wide. Although they didn’t threaten again after that it was another match where we seemed to run out of steam.
So, all in all, although we actually played well for a lot if it, it was 90 minutes that pretty much summed up the entire season’s inconsistency, except we managed to come out on the right side of the result.
I enjoyed the game, I liked the way we played for the most part and the result was great even though there has never been any serious danger of us being relegated.
I’m happy about it, but nobody should get carried away, there are still a lot of tweaks and changes needed.”
WellingtonImp: “Whittaker’s was as clear a red card as you’ll see. Not malicious, just poor decision-making and late execution. He’ll learn. The truth is, he has no idea how to tackle; when the ball goes past him he turns around and just ambles around waiting for someone to win the ball and feed it to him – it’s an area of the game that he has to work on. He’s got a good future ahead of him, if he can get that attribute to his game sorted. Otherwise, he may well drift out of the game. I hope not. A year with MA might help his development. Despite running in to trouble twice, he beat another two players and finished well for our all-important first goal. Credit for that piece of magic is due.”
Thank you to Graham Burrell and Lincoln City Football Club for the photograph!
Have a go at our Lincoln City versus Charlton Athletic Quiz, published last season (they were all correct at the time they were published):
Charlton Athletic 1-2 Lincoln City:
— Vital Lincoln City (@VitalLincoln) April 5, 2022
2/04/2022 3:00 pm
Referee: Robert Madley
|Charlton Athletic||Lincoln City|
|Stockley 88'||Whittaker 33', Scully 76'|