Under pressure and out of form Charlton headed in to Tuesday’s clash with table topping Cardiff needing points from somewhere, something that seemed impossible following the trouncing they suffered at the hands of Middlesbrough three days previous.
Sitting 21st in the table has made alarm bells ring for some Charlton fans that seem to at any opportunity jump on the team and more importantly Chris Powell’s back.
That seemed like it was going to be the case again after just 25 minutes against Cardiff where they found themselves 2-0 down courtesy of a Helguson header and a Mason tap in. However in this incredible game Charlton didn’t just flake away like most people would have expected with their current form but found themselves back on level terms at the break following a Johnnie Jackson brace.
With the amazing support well and truly behind the Addicks now they made an assault at the Cardiff goal on numerous occasions and completed their comeback on 54 minutes when a forty yard free kick eluded David Marshall and sent the covered end in to absolute delirium.
The goal scoring did not end there though and with Charlton’s tails well and truly up now, Haynes quickly added a fourth which resulted in numerous amounts of Cardiff fans actually head for the exit with the home fans taunts of “Cheerio cheerio”. The home support carried on in full voice and there chants of “ we want five” was duly met with a thumping header from Rob Hulse on 65 minutes.
A shell-shocked Cardiff did start to react by now and had carved a few openings for themselves keeping this a very entertaining game and one which was about to swing the pendulum the other way as the fourth official rose the board to reveal 6 minutes added time, no idea where this came from but Cardiff made the most of it and almost completed the most unlikeliest of comebacks. Firstly Noone cooly took it round Hamer and slotted home to a sarcastic cheer from all corners of the ground but this lifted the Cardiff team and there was time for Gunnarsson to add a Fourth by now Charlton fans could not watch and Cardiff actually almost nicked an amazing equalizer at the death only for Noone to fire just over to the relief of the Charlton fans.
A great night of football at the Valley and one that will live on for a long time, it’s also taken that little bit of pressure of Powell’s shoulders now they have masterminded a great comeback against the league leaders at the time. Next up for Charlton is a trip to Ashton gate to face the struggling Bristol City already being dubbed as a potential “6 pointer”. Charlton will need to be at their best they will know but a win could actually see them rise as far as joint 14th which just goes to show how even this league is.
The one thing that really lifted Charlton on Tuesday night was the amazing support even at 2-0 down the crowd did not stop singing including a solid first fifteen minutes of “Chrissy Powell’s red and white army”. I’m sure it inspired this amazing night and it really proved that some games the crowd really is the 12th man so come on Charlton fans every game let’s get behind the boys from now on and leave the stick for at home.