MATCHDAY LIVE: Wanderers 2 Charlton Athletic 0

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4:54pm

All over. Job well done in the end for Wanderers. And what a substitution!

4:49pm

Petrov just sent a stinger in on goal. Great effort, palmed away by Hamer.

4:47pm

Eagles' low free kick brings a save out of Hamer. Looks a nailed on three points.

4:43pm

Warnock booked for a foul on Kermorgant. That's him on four too now.

4:40pm

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.

4:39pm

GOAL Ngog again!

4:34pm

Now can Wanderers see this one out?

4:34pm

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.

4:33pm

GOAL! Ngog.

4:30pm

Another big miss, this time from Wilson. Heads over from close range with Wanderers appealing for offside.

4:28pm

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.

4:25pm

Pace has picked up a bit following the introduction of Ngog. Petrov hasn't been on the ball yet.

4:23pm

 Boos from the fans after Chungy brought off...

4:22pm

Butterfield and Chungy off, Ngog and Petrov on

4:21pm

Make that the lowest league gate since May 2001 when we played Sheffield United in the old Division One.

4:19pm

Looks like Ngog and/or Petrov coming on...

4:14pm

First time the gate has gone under 16,000 this season.

4:14pm

Attendance 15,991

4:13pm

Free kick doesn't amount to much. Nor does the next phase of play, where Charlton clear their lines.

4:12pm

Finally a bit of incision on the right - Chungy plays a good ball through for Mears, who is brought down.

4:10pm

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.

4:10pm

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.

4:07pm

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.

4:03pm

Reliably informed by John McGinlay that it will improve this half - I'm taking his word for it!

4:03pm

No changes made at half time.

4:00pm

Charlton looking a lot more incisive going forward. Kermorgant, Frimpong and Wilson have used the ball well.

3:59pm

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.

3:58pm

Well, the common consensus in the press room is that was poor.

3:47pm

And that's half time. A few boos, but a relatively benign half of football. Much improvement needed in the second half...

3:46pm

Charlton scramble it out for another one...

3:46pm

Seabourne concedes a needless corner at the other end...

3:45pm

Needless corner given away by Mears. That hasn't cheered the locals going into the break...

3:43pm

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.

3:42pm

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.

3:41pm

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.

3:39pm

That should read Kermorgant, by the way. Might just refer to him as Yann from now on...

3:38pm

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.

3:37pm

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.

3:31pm

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.

3:29pm

Chungy and Kevin Davies nearly prized Charlton open then. Nearly.

3:26pm

Well done Tyrone Mears. Kermogant slipped a ball inside Knight and Haynes had clear sight of goal until his timely challenge.

3:23pm

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.

3:21pm

Wanderers built-up about 25 passes there but wasted the final ball. That's definitely where they need to improve.

3:18pm

Bit of frustration creeping in when we lose the ball. Fans need something to get them going at the moment.

3:17pm

Eagles playing on right, Chungy left and Butterfield through the middle at the moment.

3:15pm

It's a case of 10 behind the ball for Charlton when they haven't got possession. Looks like first goal will be key.

3:12pm

Few crosses being whizzed into the box by Charlton now. Wanderers looking a little shaky.

3:09pm

Chung-Yong skims a shot just wide. Combined well with Eagles on the left.

3:08pm

Warnock got himself in a bit of trouble with a poor clearance. Kermogant dug a cross out but Bogdan claimed the ball well.

3:06pm

Stephens goes into the book after five mins. Foul on Butterfield.

3:04pm

Looks like Wanderers are going to have to be patient here. Charlton getting a lot of men behind the ball.

3:03pm

Charlton have made the brighter start. Stephens having one shot blocked by Ricketts but it's all fairly normal so far.

3:00pm

And we're off!

2:57pm

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.

2:53pm

Not really sure what the relevance is...

2:53pm

Waiting for the players to come out now... the Metallica song has started.

2:33pm

Hard to see where he would fit, with only one striker on the pitch and Ngog/Afobe both on the bench.

2:33pm

No Marvin Sordell in the squad, as many of you have pointed out.

2:23pm

Today's referee is Kevin Wright, from Cambridgeshire, who's two great passions are refereeing and fishing, according to the Football League website...

2:20pm

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.

2:18pm

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.

2:13pm

That's two changes for Wanderers - Butterfield and Mears in for Mills and Mark Davies.

2:12pm

Charlton: Hamer, Jackson, Morrison, Stephens, Haynes, Kermorgant, Solly, Wilson, Seaborne, Frimpong, Dervite

Subs: Button, Wright-Phillips, Kerkar, Pritchard, Cook, Cort, Hulse

2:11pm

Wanderers team today: Bogdan, Mears, Ricketts, Knight, Warnock, Spearing, Andrews, Chung-Yong, Butterfield, Eagles, K Davies

Subs: Lonergan, Alonso, Ream, Ngog, Petrov, Afobe, Pratley

2:08pm

Just been told that Stuart Holden's clothes/food drive has been a terrific success. Hopefully have an update later on.

1:41pm

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1:40pm

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.

1:38pm

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1:37pm

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.

1:36pm

The festive fixtures pit Wanderers against a fair few struggling teams, so on paper look like a good time to start picking up points.

1:35pm

This club doesn't have much luck with injuries, does it?

1:34pm

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.

1:33pm

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.

1:32pm

And we're up and running!

Comments (5)

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3:44pm Sat 15 Dec 12

boltonnut says...

Where is every body?Must be out xmas shopping I guess.
Where is every body?Must be out xmas shopping I guess. boltonnut

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.
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. Cambridge White

4:27pm Sat 15 Dec 12

boltonnut says...

RE McGinlay's quote, a standing crowd making more noise, the crowd need something to make a noise about.Maybe he could rent himself out as a one man crowd he makes alot of noise standing or sitting.( My god I must be bored.)
RE McGinlay's quote, a standing crowd making more noise, the crowd need something to make a noise about.Maybe he could rent himself out as a one man crowd he makes alot of noise standing or sitting.( My god I must be bored.) boltonnut

8:21am Sun 16 Dec 12

Wigan Trotter says...

No Stadium in this country with a capacity of 20,000 plus should ever again be allowed to have standing area's, especially with the incidents of anti social behaviour which still exist at grounds. Have some people not learned anything form Hillsborough?
No Stadium in this country with a capacity of 20,000 plus should ever again be allowed to have standing area's, especially with the incidents of anti social behaviour which still exist at grounds. Have some people not learned anything form Hillsborough? Wigan Trotter

10:42am Mon 17 Dec 12

Dzsimi says...

Our terraces WERE unsafe in the past. in Bundesliga stadiums they are entirely different and have a railing on every step so nobody can get crushed. They can also convert them to seats at any time which they are obliged to do for European matches.

The German government is considering getting rid of standing areas but the fans movements and police seem to have proven pretty categorically that there is ZERO danger.
Our terraces WERE unsafe in the past. in Bundesliga stadiums they are entirely different and have a railing on every step so nobody can get crushed. They can also convert them to seats at any time which they are obliged to do for European matches. The German government is considering getting rid of standing areas but the fans movements and police seem to have proven pretty categorically that there is ZERO danger. Dzsimi

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