REPORT: Charlton Athletic v Port Vale
Charlton Athletic v Port Vale
November 2016thSaturday 19
At The Valley
Attendance 8,992 including 423 visiting supporters.
Two first half goals for the home side at the Valley saw Vale drop all three points against Charlton Athletic to ensure a long and miserable trip home for the Vale supporters who had made the journey to cheers their side on.
Vale had bossed the game at times, but in truth never really looked like they would get anything from the game, as they failed to trouble the home side where it mattered, in the final third.
Vale made three changes to the starting eleven for their first game at the Valley since September 2001, as Vale took on managerless Charlton Athletic for the second time in a month.
Anthony Grant missed the game through suspension, whilst Sam Hart was forced to miss the game after suffering from concussion. Martin Paterson was the other one to miss out, making do with a place on the bench.
In came Kjell Knops, returning to the left back position vacated by Hart, with Anthony de Freitas and Sebastien Amoros coming into the Vale midfield with Alex Jones occupying a sole striker’s role.
Vale began the game on the front foot, hoping to take advantage of any lack of confidence in the home ranks after Charlton sacked manager Russell Slade in the days leading up to the game.
The home side showed plenty of character however, not allowing Vale to boss the affair and it was Charlton who went closest to opening the scoring.
The home side won a corner kick following a close range save by Alnwick and when the ball came in from the right, defender Jason Pearce got up highest at the back post to plant a header against Vale’s crossbar.
Vale were playing arguably the better football, but it was the home side who looked the more dangerous of the two sides and it was they who broke the deadlock on the half hour.
GOAL: was well placed to send a powerful header into the Vale net.Josh MagennisVale last possession in the centre circle and the home side got the ball out wide on the left and when the cross came in to the far post,
Vale almost hit back three minutes later when Alex Jones brought a save from Declan Rudd, with a strong shot on the turn from just outside the area.
GOAL: who had beat the offside trap and he ran on to fire past Alnwick to give the home side a two-goal cushion.Nicky Ajose minute, knocked the ball forward for thVale continued to pile on the pressure but the home side picked up on a misplaced pass in the 44
Vale made their first substitution at the start of the second half when Martin Paterson came on for Sebastien Amoros.
The home side were the quicker out of the traps at the start of the second period, knowing that a third goal would surely kill off any hopes of a Vale comeback.
Vale stodd firm, awaiting their chance and began to take control of the game once again, pushing the home side deep inside their own half.
There were problems for the Vale when Jerome Thomas went down on the Vale left. The decision was quickly made to replace him, though Vale played on with ten men for a few minutes before Quentin Pereira was sent out to join his team mates.
It was a case of déjà vu as Vale again looked the better of the two sides without even threatening the Charlton goal. Addicks’ ‘keeper Declann Rudd was more or less a spectator.
minute with the introduction of Anton Forrester, who came off the bench as a replacement for Sam Kelly.thVale made another change in the 77
CHARLTON ATHLETIC Dillon Phillips, Jordan Botake, Ezri Konsa, Harry Lennon, Brandon Hanlan, Lee Novak, Jorge TeixeiraSUBS:: Declan Rudd, Kevin Foley, Johnnie Jackson, Patrick Bauer, Ademola Lookman, Andrew Crofts, Josh Magennis, Nicky Ajose, Jason Pearce, Fredrik Ulvestad, Morgan Fox.
PORT VALE: Miguel Santos, Calvin Mac-Intosch, Regino Cecilia, Martin Paterson, Anton Forrester, Kiko, Quentin PereiraSUBS:Jak ALnwick, Remie STreete, Kjell Knops, Sam Kelly, Paulo Tavares, Jerome Thomas, Nathan Smith, Alex Jones, Sebastien Amoros, Anthony de Freitas, Ryan Taylor.