MATCHDAY LIVE: Wanderers 2 Charlton Athletic 0
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All over. Job well done in the end for Wanderers. And what a substitution!
Petrov just sent a stinger in on goal. Great effort, palmed away by Hamer.
Eagles' low free kick brings a save out of Hamer. Looks a nailed on three points.
Warnock booked for a foul on Kermorgant. That's him on four too now.
Brilliant finish from the Frenchman again. Kevin Davies played him in, he teased the defender before striking a shot with his left foot, half-saved by Hamer, but not enough to stop it going over the line.
GOAL Ngog again!
Now can Wanderers see this one out?
Two subs combined - Petrov played ball into Ngog, who nearly tripped over as he turned the defender. But there was nothing wrong with his finish once he got a clear sight of goal.
Another big miss, this time from Wilson. Heads over from close range with Wanderers appealing for offside.
Haynes misses another good chance. Wilson's original shot saved by Bogdan - Mears seemed likely to clear but Kermorgant got enough of a challenge in to push the ball into Haynes, who could only head over the bar.
Pace has picked up a bit following the introduction of Ngog. Petrov hasn't been on the ball yet.
Boos from the fans after Chungy brought off...
Butterfield and Chungy off, Ngog and Petrov on
Make that the lowest league gate since May 2001 when we played Sheffield United in the old Division One.
Looks like Ngog and/or Petrov coming on...
First time the gate has gone under 16,000 this season.
Free kick doesn't amount to much. Nor does the next phase of play, where Charlton clear their lines.
Finally a bit of incision on the right - Chungy plays a good ball through for Mears, who is brought down.
3:52pm Sat 15 Dec 12
Cambridge White says
We are not going to win regularly until we get rig of the deadwood which Freedman inherited from Coyle and Megson. he needs time to rebuild. Coyle and Megson bought some rubbish.
Filling nine pages of Monday morning's paper isn't looking an easy task at present. Second half has yet to take shape at all.
Pace certainly needs to pick up if Wanderers are going to get ahead. Something needs to ignite the crowd, because it's all a little flat.
Reliably informed by John McGinlay that it will improve this half - I'm taking his word for it!
No changes made at half time.
Charlton looking a lot more incisive going forward. Kermorgant, Frimpong and Wilson have used the ball well.
Wanderers need to do something different this half. This safety first approach works well away from home, but not so much when teams come to park the bus.
Well, the common consensus in the press room is that was poor.
And that's half time. A few boos, but a relatively benign half of football. Much improvement needed in the second half...
Charlton scramble it out for another one...
Seabourne concedes a needless corner at the other end...
Needless corner given away by Mears. That hasn't cheered the locals going into the break...
Can see a few disgruntled people heading for a half time pie. Butterfield could have changed that, as I type, drilling a low shot at Hamer from distance.
Only moments earlier, Knight and Mears had left it to each other to mop up a pass from Ricketts and nearly let Haynes in. Hasn't been too encouraging so far.
Our man Yann has just brought a save out of Bogdan. Knight got himself in a mess trying to defend the high ball, allowing the Charlton man to get a snap shot in.
That should read Kermorgant, by the way. Might just refer to him as Yann from now on...
Kermogant has been excellent for Charlton so far. Their counter attacks seem to have a lot more edge about them than anything Wanderers have conjured so far.
Big chances wasted by Charlton. Kermogant played ball through for Wilson, who chipped a cross in for Haynes. Free header six yards out and he missed it.
Boos turn to applause. Eagles' angled shot beat the keeper before being turned away by a defender. From the corner, Butterfield swung one in and keeper Hamer pushed away a stinging effort from Eagles. Much better from Wanderers.
Chungy and Kevin Davies nearly prized Charlton open then. Nearly.
Well done Tyrone Mears. Kermogant slipped a ball inside Knight and Haynes had clear sight of goal until his timely challenge.
Half chance for Charlton. Stephens whipped in a corner from the left and Solly threw himself at it, but didn't make contact at the far post.
Wanderers built-up about 25 passes there but wasted the final ball. That's definitely where they need to improve.
Bit of frustration creeping in when we lose the ball. Fans need something to get them going at the moment.
Eagles playing on right, Chungy left and Butterfield through the middle at the moment.
It's a case of 10 behind the ball for Charlton when they haven't got possession. Looks like first goal will be key.
Few crosses being whizzed into the box by Charlton now. Wanderers looking a little shaky.
Chung-Yong skims a shot just wide. Combined well with Eagles on the left.
Warnock got himself in a bit of trouble with a poor clearance. Kermogant dug a cross out but Bogdan claimed the ball well.
Stephens goes into the book after five mins. Foul on Butterfield.
Looks like Wanderers are going to have to be patient here. Charlton getting a lot of men behind the ball.
Charlton have made the brighter start. Stephens having one shot blocked by Ricketts but it's all fairly normal so far.
And we're off!
Players are out. Crowd looking a bit thin, but then most people are Christmas shopping at Middlebrook judging by the queues at 1pm around the place.
Not really sure what the relevance is...
Waiting for the players to come out now... the Metallica song has started.
Hard to see where he would fit, with only one striker on the pitch and Ngog/Afobe both on the bench.
No Marvin Sordell in the squad, as many of you have pointed out.
Today's referee is Kevin Wright, from Cambridgeshire, who's two great passions are refereeing and fishing, according to the Football League website...
Also an appearance by Dale Stephens in midfield for Charlton. In my previous reincarnation as a Bury reporter, I interviewed him after his first-ever league game. Nostaliga.
Have been told that the Hillsborough song, He Aint Heavy, will be played at half time at the Reebok, along with grounds around the country.
That's two changes for Wanderers - Butterfield and Mears in for Mills and Mark Davies.
Charlton: Hamer, Jackson, Morrison, Stephens, Haynes, Kermorgant, Solly, Wilson, Seaborne, Frimpong, Dervite
Subs: Button, Wright-Phillips, Kerkar, Pritchard, Cook, Cort, Hulse
Wanderers team today: Bogdan, Mears, Ricketts, Knight, Warnock, Spearing, Andrews, Chung-Yong, Butterfield, Eagles, K Davies
Subs: Lonergan, Alonso, Ream, Ngog, Petrov, Afobe, Pratley
Just been told that Stuart Holden's clothes/food drive has been a terrific success. Hopefully have an update later on.
@MarcIles it would definately work! I'd pay extra for a season ticket in a standing section #bwfc— @BoltonGd 15 December 2012
@MarcIles I think it has to work, we have to do something to improve home atmosphere, it's toxic at the moment— @meanderson93 15 December 2012
@MarcIles Of course it could. Standing isn't dangerous, the problem in the past was the conditions in which people had to stand in— @anthonyhart1109 15 December 2012
@MarcIles It worked at Ewood Park, didn't see one Bolton fan sat down at any point in the game and that made for a great atmosphere!— @ClarkyBWFC 15 December 2012
I've also had quite a few emails asking about the possibility of safe standing at the Reebok. I'll admit I don't know a lot about the idea/logic behind it. Quite a few of you do, though.
@MarcIles We thought that about the Barnsley and Ipswich games though and got a point out of them we need to start showing form drastically— @ramadams 15 December 2012
@MarcIles its definately now or never couldnt ask for better fixtures over this period— @alanwhitey10 15 December 2012
Sadly, as the league table shows, we're also one of those struggling clubs. Need wins and fast, or it's going to be a long and mediocre New Year.
The festive fixtures pit Wanderers against a fair few struggling teams, so on paper look like a good time to start picking up points.
This club doesn't have much luck with injuries, does it?
I've been off this week, but looks like there will be two changes at least to the starting line-up. Mark Davies (shoulder) and Matt Mills (hamstring) out for the next month or so.
Firstly, apologies for last weekend's disaster at Huddersfield (the web commentary, not the game). Dreadful, dreadful wi-fi and phone reception in that part of Yorkshire, which did not help.
And we're up and running!
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