League 1

Match Report: Charlton 1-1 Bury

Bury remain in the League One relegation zone, despite claiming a point away at promotion chasing Charlton.

First Half

It was the Visitors who were on top in the early spells and had a good chance early on when Michael Smith’s shot was blocked by Jay Dasilva. In the ninth minute, the Shakers took a surprise lead. Jermaine Beckford’s curling effort from the edge of the area went sailing into the top corner, leaving Amos with no chance of saving it. Questions could be asked of why he wasn’t closed down quicker, but there was no denying it was a great striker from the ex Leeds forward. Not long after, Bury continued their pursuit of a second, when Amos was forced in to a good save from a Chris Maguire effort.

This was in between of a few good chances for Charlton, however. Josh Maggenis forced Bury ‘keeper Murphy in to a good save on the half an hour mark. This was after Ahearne- Grant’s effort was placed over the bar from the Charlton winger.

The Addicks leveled six minutes before the interval. Forster-Caskey’s nicely weighted cross was headed in to Murphy’s bottom right hand corner. It was a very well placed header from the Charlton striker, after some good build up play from Fosu and Dasilva. Kashi nearly put Charlton ahead just before half time but he put his shot well over.

It was 1-1 at the break. After a poor first 25 minutes from Charlton, they upped the tempo and arguably deserved to be level.

Second Half

It was a quiet opening to the second half before Beckford forced a good save from Amos, tipping the striker’s shot over the bar.

Meanwhile, Charlton had chances too as Maggenis pass played through Fosu 1 on 1 but his pass was a bit to heavy and ran through to Murphy. Bauer headed inches wide minutes later from Forster-Caskey’s free kick as Charlton began to get control of the game.

Clarke’s deflected effort was well saved from the Bury keeper as Charlton really began to put on the pressure.

It was more chances for Charlton after that as Murphy made two very impressive saves from headers. Firstly in the 77th minute when Forster-Caskey met Dasilva’s cross but Murphy pushed it away well. Then in stoppage time when Murphy had to make a world class save from Maggenis’s header after a good cross from Solly.

But The Shakers held on to get just their second point away from home all season.

Final Thoughts

On the balance of play and chances both sides had, I think Charlton just about deserved to win. Up until the hour mark it was a pretty even game but in the last 30 minutes there was only one team that looked like they might get a winner.

It’s the same old story for Charlton as again they can’t convert their chances and drop points against a side in the bottom four. Just like the Plymouth and Gillingham game, both of which they lost, they had the chances but just couldn’t take them. However you could certainly argue that the first 60 minutes wasn’t good enough from Charlton, and at the time was getting matched by a team on poor form at home. Charlton face a tough three games now. Away to Walsall on a good run, away to Fleetwood in the top half of the table and at home to second placed Peterborough. In  my opinion, this will ceratinly tell whether Charlton have got what it takes for promotion after what has been a relatively easy start. A win is very much needed now, with their last one being four games ago, 2-1 at home to Southend.

As for Bury, they’ll certainly be happy with a point and will hope it’s the start of a good run. They have two games against 12th placed Oxford and 11th placed MK Dons next. They’ll hope for points in both of those games before a huge game away at bottom side Oldham. It’s certainly not a hard next three fixtures and will hope to see themselves outside of the bottom four by then.

Featured Image Credit – Charlton-Athletic1,  Flickrworker



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