The Chalkboard: Jonny Williams changed the game for Charlton

It was edging towards extra-time as the play-off final between Charlton and Sunderland fizzled out into a typical League One affair.

Little quality on show, a lot of hard graft and effort, but very few opportunities in front of goal to show for it.

That was until Lee Bowyer subbed on Jonny Williams for the last 19 minutes of normal time.

The Welsh international, formerly of Charlton’s south London rivals Crystal Palace, set about carrying the ball forward and taking the game to the opposition like he has done throughout his career.

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Typically for the diminutive dribbler, Williams found himself spending more time on the Wembley turf than he did on his feet due to persistent fouling from the Black Cats players, but only because of how threatening the Charlton man was proving to be.

Within minutes of coming on, the 25-year-old embarked on a number of dangerous dribbles and put some inviting crosses into the box; it was quickly apparent that Bowyer was going for the win.

Williams continued to run at the Sunderland defence despite constantly being kicked, playing two key passes as the south London side eventually found a way through thanks to Patrick Bauer’s 95th-minute strike.

Having spent time on loan with Sunderland and even coming onto the field with warm applause showering down from the Black Cats’ section, it must’ve been a bittersweet moment for Williams to see a club close to his heart lose the game in the worst way possible.

This is the second play-off final success that Williams has been a part of, winning the Championship version with Palace back in 2013, and it is clear that the Welshman is the man for the big occasion.

At a time where his side really needed him, Williams helped bring some inventiveness and creativity to an affair devoid of such features; Bowyer definitely owes him a pint for his efforts.

Article title: The Chalkboard: Jonny Williams changed the game for Charlton

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