Charlton secured promotion to the second tier on Sunday with victory over Sunderland at Wembley Stadium, but they certainly didn’t do it the easy way.
It looked like the SE7 outfit were going to fall at the final hurdle after a shocking start to the afternoon but Lee Bowyer’s side were able to pick themselves up and get the result they needed.
The former Newcastle boss will have given his starting XI plenty of thought ahead of the game but the match might have been much simpler if he had heeded Charlton Live’s warning.
Naby Sarr has been an absolute rock at the back for the Addicks this season despite a testing few years at The Valley and has even been keeping Jason Pearce out of the lineup in 2019, but he threatened to undo all that when Charlton hosted Doncaster in the play-off semi-final second leg.
As noted by Charlton Live, the gigantic Frenchman was nervous against Donny and podcasters Louis Mendez and Tom Wallin were concerned that he might not be up to the Wembley occasion, with the aforementioned Pearce perhaps the more sensible option at the back.
Bowyer kept faith in the former Sporting Lisbon defender, though, and might have been regretting his decision just five minutes into the high-stakes clash.
Of course, most of the blame for Charlton’s calamitous own goal should be shouldered by Dillon Phillips, who completely misjudged the path of the ball and allowed it to roll past his foot and into the net, but Sarr neglected to even look at his goalkeeper before passing back to him at speed.
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This kind of error is one born out of nervousness; it’s the last thing Charlton needed so early on and it’s something that Bowyer cannot legislate for.
Fortunately, Ben Purrington would equalise before half-time and the mistake wouldn’t matter in the end, but it will go down as one of the craziest moments in EFL play-off history and puts an unfortunate dampener on an otherwise brilliant season from the towering defender.