Late goal rescues point for Blues

In terms of season defining games, this one is literally the definition of it. Blues could settle any scares of relegation to League One with all 3 points against the Addicks, whilst a loss could well have proved to be catastrophic. So in typical Blues fashion they did it the hard way.

After a slightly better and brighter first opening half an hour, Blues were rewarded with a penalty, only for Hogan to have his initial effort saved before belting the rebound over the bar and into The Tilton. Despite that, the positives were there and it seemed Blues were the most likely to go on and win the game.

The second half arrived and with that tiny amount of positivity came a heap of “here we go again”, as Blues proved ineffective whilst in possession and vulnerable defending the counter attack. A ball in behind Colin and a pass across our 6 yard box allowed Bonne to roll the ball into an empty net. The defending was a story of the entirety of our season.

Charlton were very much happy to then sit back and soak up any (little) real pressure Blues could throw at them and almost had a second when Aiden McGeady cut in a hammered the ball against Camp’s post, which was closely followed by a brilliant point blank save to keep the score at 0-1.

Blues began the usual bombardment from a Roberts long throw, which was proving to be ineffective as ever. As the clock ticked on it looked like we were going to be dragged even further into trouble, before Bellingham decided to take matters into his own hands, toying with the Addicks defenders before delivering a dangerous ball into the box, which bounced around before Juke was able to bundle it over the line and calm those imminent relegation nerves.

Overall it’s not job done by any means, and it’s still a huge missed opportunity to get ourselves over the line with two games to go, however it could prove to be a huge point in the shape of things. Blues all over.

Starting XI

Lee Camp

Brilliant when called upon and commanded his area brilliantly from the air. Made a crucial save at 0-1 when Charlton’s striker seemed all but certain to score. Let down by some school boy defending, once again.

7
Maxime Colin

Looked bright in the first half with his forward runs, but still a shadow of his usual self. Allowed Charlton’s fullback in behind him which set up their goal. He’s struggling with confidence and it’s so apparent.

5
Marc Roberts

Some may disagree, but he seems to have reverted back to old ways. Panicky when he was on the ball - always seemed to put his foot through it when a better option was on. Made an important block on McGeady's effort deflecting it on to the post. Still waiting for one of the long throws to finally work.

6
Harlee Dean

We’ve all had a lot to say of “skip” in recent times and when that interview after the Stoke came out there was a reaction of “talk is cheap”. However, he backed up his words and showed some leadership and desire when the chips were down. Fair play Harlee.

6
Kristian Pedersen

Better than recent performances, but still not to the level we’ve seen at times this season. Fairly steady on the left hand side and kept McGeady quiet for the majority of it. Say’s a lot when Charlton decided to attack our right hand side more.

6
Dan Crowley

Perhaps our brightest spark in the first half and the majority of the game. Looked hungry to get the ball in tight areas and try and work an opening. His end product is still more to be desired, but you hope with more confidence that’ll come.

7
Ivan Sunjic

A player who is the Human form of marmite. I happen to be an admirer and tonight he showed glimpses of his excellent defensive display. A goal saving tackle in the first half and the composure when on the ball in deep positions. Again, not his usual best, but much better.

6
Gary Gardner

One thing you cannot knock Gary for since the restart is his commitment. Tonight he showed the willingness to collect the ball and drive with it, perhaps with more confident players around him, it might have proved to be more effective. Overall steady.

6
Jeremie Bela

Almost opened the scoring in the first half with a first time drive from outside the box. However, he didn’t seem to get much service out on the left, which meant he couldn’t cause the problems that he usually does. Quieter game compared to his usual standards.

6
Lukas Jutkiewicz

The usual Jutkiewicz performance. Worked his socks off throughout and was rewarded with his efforts with a last minute equaliser. He could prove to be the saviour once again.

7
Scott Hogan

Scott Hogan is a confidence player, if ever I saw one and recent performances have starved him of that. Had a chance to restore that from the spot, but a poor penalty and an ever poorer follow up summed up his evening. I just pray he finally gets that goal to kick on again.

5

Substitutes

Jude Bellingham - Man of the Match
Game changer. Proved just what a talent he is with the build up to the equaliser. Allowed Blues to be more free flowing when on the ball and got his reward late on. Edges MOTM for these reasons alone.
7
Jayden Reid
Looked raw and eager to make an impression, which cannot be knocked. However he was very quiet and didn’t make a huge amount of difference when he came on.
5
Maikel Kieftenbeld
Came on in place of Sunjic and almost allowed Charlton to score their second with a half arsed attempt at defending. Didn’t really have a huge involvement on the game and showed why Sunjic is picked ahead of him.
5
Caolan Boyd-Munce
Came on in the dying minutes of the game, therefore difficult to give a rating.
5

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