League 1

Match Report: Plymouth 2-0 Charlton

Plymouth picked up there first points of the season after Jake Jervis’s second half double helped The Pilgrims to a 2-0 win against Charlton.

Charlton had the better chances in the first half and were unlucky to be down at half time. McCormick was forced into a good save early on from Solly’s effort before denying a good effort from Holmes and not long after, McCormick was called into action again, making a fantastic reaction save from Maggenis after saving Clarke’s initial effort.

The Addicks came extremely close on the half an hour mark after Forster-Caskey’s strike was headed off the line. Ryan Edwards headed clear after Magennnis’ knock down. Magennis missed again not long after Fosu’s cross was headed inches wide.

Despite a dominant first half from The Reds, a lot of badly missed chances from Maggenis combined with some top goalkeeping from McCormick meant it was 0-0 at half time.

However, the second half was a completely different story as Plymouth took control of the game and made Charlton pay for the missed chances.

Jake Jervis gave Plymouth the lead just eight minutes into the second half. A corner was crossed in and Plymouth’s Edwards headed in to a crowded area where Jervis bundled it in. At the time, it felt harsh on a Charlton side who had dominated the first half. But Charlton created very little in the second half. However, the Addicks did create an opportunity with seven minutes left. After being played through, Magennis squandered another great chance as he couldn’t put his effort past McCormick after Forster-Caskey’s superb ball. He took it past the last defender but was off balance when against McCormick.

Plymouth wrapped up the game with a few minutes left with a counter attack as Jervis struck from far out into the bottom corner. It was a good shot but terrible goalkeeping from Amos too as he pushed it into the bottom corner from a shot any goalkeeper should be saving.

Charlton will rue all of their missed chances in the first half but, at the same time, were poor in the second half. Plymouth always looked comfortable at 1-0 up and Charlton never tested much in the latter 45 minutes.

From a Charlton perspective, it is clear what Charlton need. A prolific striker. A better striker than Magennis and the game would have been over by half time.  He wasted far too many chances and really cost The Addicks the game. In a one striker formation, the striker needs to score a lot of goals and Magennis doesn’t score enough. Also, Amos has shown he is a shocking signing. He was very dodgy against Bristol Rovers and was no different today. Awful from corners, once punching Bauer and not the ball. As well as this, he failed to stop an easy shot for Jervis’s and Plymouth’s second.

But positives for Charlton is that they created a lot of chances. Certainly in the first half but just had no one to finish them. The three midfielders behind the striker have shown they can be fantastic and so crucial.

Next for Plymouth is a trip to Southend who have certainly had a mixed start to the season. After beating title favourites Blackburn 2-1, they then lost 5-0 to Rotherham in an extremely surprising result. Meanwhile, for Charlton, it’s a home game against Northampton. The Cobblers have lost their first two by a goal to nil so Charlton will certainly be favourites but I really feel it depends on whether or not The Addicks by a striker by then as to whether or not they will win.



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