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Charlton v Albion - at The Valley
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- THE SECOND HALF IS IN PROGRESS
- CHARLTON 3 ALBION 2
- Ulloa back with a goal (22)
- Wilson strikes twice for hosts (32, 58)
- Ulloa header cleared off line
- Kermogant curls in a free-kick (75)
- Barnes and Calderon both hit post
- Ulloa gets late second (90+1)
- Bruno off injured
- Full coverage in The Argus tomorrow
With Charlton keeping the ball in the Albion half deep in added time, Wilson went off to be replaced by Pritchard.
Final: Charlton 3 Albion 2
Ulloa was still going strong. He produced a clever reverse pass to send Calderon scurrying to the byline, where he won a corner.
But Alnwick did well to cling on to the flag kick above Barnes as the hosts edged closer to three precious points.
Albion were running out of steam now – and some of their fans were drifting away.
But those who stayed were given fresh heart in added time when Agustein weaved some magic in the box, Barnes helped the ball goalwards and ULLOA finished off.
Crazy game, tit-for-tat attacking. Poyet would have hated it! #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 26 December 2013
Charlton looked to steady things by replacing striker Church with defender Dervite. They also sent on Evina for winger Stewart.
Albion really got the idea it was not their day as Barnes curled against the right hand post and Calderon followed up to fire the rebound low against the other upright. The ball fell to Bridcutt whose drive was deflected behind by a defender in front of goal.
A foul by El-Abd at the other end though gave Charlton chance to increase their lead with a free-kick from just outside the box – and KERMOGANT curled expertly over the wall and into the top corner.
Albion immediately sent on Agustien for Andrews.
El-Abd treading on thin ice against the direct running of Church. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 26 December 2013
Albion were infuriated when Buckley seemed to be shoved over 25 yards out and play was waved on.
Charlton cleared to Church, who turned away from El-Abd and seemed to have been pushed over by the already–booked defender – but this time home fans were in uproar as play was waved on.
Albion had a very presentable chance from a right-wing corner but Bridcutt’s delivery was headed over by the unmarked Barnes from near the penalty spot.
Barnes left, Buckley switched to right. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 26 December 2013
David Lopez was replaced by Barnes as Albion looked to change the momentum of the match.
Immediately Barnes headed the ball on to Barnes, when then laid it off towards the right foot of the Argentinean, who hooked his shot disappointingly wide.
Charlton were on top though and, when Crofts took a poor touch as a low cross was fired in, the ball ran to WILSON for another blast high past Brezovan.
It was a bad error by Crofts – and a cruel blow given he had been arguably his side’s best player until then.
Church did well to get away from El-Abd down the left and cut the ball back low from the byline – and Upson had to make a terrific clearance inside his own six-yard box as a result.
Then Stewart cut inside and saw his drive across goal deflect off an Albion head for a corner.
But the flag kick was grabbed by Brezovan, who did well to readjust having initially appeared to have mis-judged the flight of the ball.
Buckley was closed down at the other end just when he looked set to let fly.
But Charlton countered and El-Abd cynically barged over Kermogant to stop a very dangerous run by the home striker.
The defender was booked – and Albion were caught napping as the centrally-placed free-kick was slid out to Solly on the right edge of the penalty area. But his cross was too close to Crofts, patrolling near the penalty spot, and Albion eventually got it away.
Charlton, now roared on by their fans, kept coming and Calderon got an important header to the next dangerous cross.
Albion were now playing towards the away end - but play was far from that goal early on.
Stewart slipped past Calderon easily when he had his first run of the half but his cross was poor and the industrious Crofts headed away.
Then Albion countered and David chipped a cross right on to the head of Ulloa beyond the far post but no colleague could get on to his knock down.
Calderon to replace Bruno for the second half.
Bruno was last to leave the pitch at the end of the first half, very slowly, and looked in some discomfort
RT @FBAwayDays: Brighton fans at Charlton today. #bhafc http://t.co/sb76AQMl75— @BrightonFanbase 26 December 2013
HT ADDICKS 1 ALBION 1 BBC Sussex's Warren Aspinall "Albion looked commanding but we gave Charlton a chance and we've been sloppy since."— @BBCSussexSport 26 December 2013
Home fans seemed pretty happy at the break.
Half: Charlton 1 Albion 1
Albion, who had been looking the more assured side at 1-0, had now let slip a chance to take a stranglehold on the game.
Charlton threatened again when Wilson crossed low from the right but Church, in front of the near post, could not hook his shot around sufficiently and it flashed wide.
David made inroads for Albion and threaded a clever pass to Crofts, who slipped as he burst into the box.
The ball was cleared as far as Bridcutt who fizzed a terrific drive just wide from 25 yards.
Bruno had been playing some good stuff as he joiend in moves down the right but, when he stumbled under pressure from Stewart and lost the ball near halfway, he had no option but to haul his man back and take a yellow card.
RT @NewsShopperSprt: Really confident finish from a man who has been playing right-back for the past three months #cafc #bhafc #Championshi…— @mattbrown50 26 December 2013
ADDICKS 1 ALBION 1 BBC Sussex's Warren Aspinall "That will be disappointing defending from the Albion and really Charlton's first attempt."— @BBCSussexSport 26 December 2013
The goal had improved the game as a spectacle.
Crofts thumped a shot from outside the box into Alnwick’s midriff, then Morrison drilled a free-kick over the bar for Charlton.
Albion worked some decent positions without producing an end product.
And Charlton levelled when the ball fell to Kermogant in the box and he had the presence of mind to slide it right to WILSON, who fired across Brezovan and inside the top corner.
Albion, though, went ahead midway through the half after determined work by Crofts kept an attack alive. Buckley weaved his way in from the left and the chance seemed to have been lost but ULLOA got on to the loose ball, twisted back inside on to his left foot and drilled a low shot past Alnwick.
The hosts almost levelled within a minute but Brezovan was quick off his line to fist a ball away and then Stewart drilled the loose ball high and wide.
Then Church curled wide from just outside the box as Charlton made a spirited response to conceding.
David opened the game up with a crossfield pass to get Buckley to the byline on the left.
Buckley played the ball back to Bridcutt, who seemed undecided as to whether he should cross to David arriving beyond the post or try to curl a 25-yarder inside the far post – and in the end he did something in between the two and the ball sailed harmlessly behind.
The Albion skipper did better work to get his head in the way of a viciously inswinging free-kick at the other end and his side got the ball away.
But it was generally very undistinguished fare.
The going underfoot was already in heavy, especially in central areas.
El-Abd incurred the anger of the home crowd when he bundled into the back of Kermogant near halfway but referee Russell awarded a free-kick and no more.
The lofted delivery was never properly cleared and eventually fell to Morrison on the edge of the area.
He stepped inside El-Abd and let fly woith a low right foot drive which was on target but was blocked by Upson.
David Lopez curled a clever pass into the path of Ulloa making ground down the right. Ulloa held off a defender and had time to measure his cross – but it was just too far in front of Andrews arriving from deep.
Andrews was dropping deep to get on the ball when Albion had possession.
They enjoyed a spell when they worked the ball around nicely.
Albion had the first effort on goal when Bridcutt won the ball in the home half, David Lopez worked it on and Crofts shot over from 25 yards.
Charlton hit back to win a corner – but Ulloa rose in his own six-yard box to head it away unchallenged.
The hosts passed the ball neatly through midfield but El-Abd got back to block Church’s attempted cross and then knock the loose ball off Stewart to win a throw.
No change of ends so Albion will defend the away end in the first half.
Four members of ground staff are out there givinig the pitch a last-minute forking. A few muddy patches out there, albeit small.
To be honest, 20 years ago we;d have been saying how good the pitch looked for Boxing Day!
BBC Sussex summariser Warren Aspinall "Teams like Charlton are not playing with confidence and there strikers aren't firing." #BHAFC— @BBCSussexSport 26 December 2013
Perhaps understandably a rather subdued atmosphere as we await the arrival of the teams.
Albion have packed the bottom half of the old Jimmy Seed Stand to my right and the back half is filling up.
My view for the afternoon! #BHAFC http://t.co/pz8VM3Nl7j— @TheDon_UWECC 26 December 2013
Pitch will play a part here. Already cut up quite a bit after the warm-ups. #bhafc— @AndyNaylorArgus 26 December 2013
I kick off this live report with some trepidation. Internet connection is notoriously hit-and-miss here down here in the dip - they don't call it The Valley for nothing!
If I lose connection then rest assured I will be trying all I can to get it back or waiting for a time when it returns. So check back.
Failing that full report and reaction will be appearing online through the afternoon and evening.
Sorry if it seemed a bit gloomy for Christmas Day.
Admittedly the piece we put online yesterday about Albion’s record on Boxing Day in recent years since 2005 did not make cheerful reading.
But the chance is there for them to put it right today at a Charlton side perched just above the drop zone.
Guy Butters was the last man to score a winning goal for Albion on December 26 – eight years ago against QPR at Withdean.
Can someone emulate him today?
If so, it will take Albion into the top six at full-time here.
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