Charlton Athletic’s story that never was

This was nearly a story about Charlton's impressive defensive form...until Leeds came to town.

I have a story for you,” my Charlton supporting housemate said, “but not until after today’s match.

We haven’t conceded a goal for 447 minutes…but don’t write anything until today is over. If we still have the record going into the international break, it’s all yours.”

Given that Charlton’s first match after said break was against Queens Park Rangers – themselves pretty thrifty when it comes to conceding – I agreed.

But in the end, there was no story, because the Addicks’ fine recent form came to an end with a thump…or should that be a thumping?

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It started badly enough, when their match against Leeds United was delayed for 30 minutes due to heavy rain. And it soon got worse as Ross McCormack netted for the visitors after just 17 minutes, ending Charlton’s record 464 minutes after it began.

McCormack would go on to get all four of his side’s goals in a 4-2 victory that ended a five match unbeaten run for Chris Powell’s men.

In that time they had gone to both Birmingham and Blackburn and won, and kept both Wigan and Blackpool at bay at The Valley.

In truth it was less a thumping more an unlucky afternoon for the home side, faced as they were with a man in top form.

At 2-2 with just over a quarter of an hour to go, they were very much in it. But McCormack would have the final say.

So much for your story,” my housemate said on their return.

I’ll figure something out,” I replied.

image: © Ewan-M

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