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17:45 20th April 2013

Cruel Blow At The Valley

Charlton Athletic 2 (Dervite 63, Obika 90)

Wolves 1 (Doyle 66)

A 90th minute goal from Charlton substitute Jonathan Obika robbed Wolves of the point they deserved at The Valley. It was cruel on the Molineux men who dropped back into the bottom three with just two games of the season remaining.  

Wolves were unchanged and they kicked-off defending the end of The Valley that housed almost 2,000 travelling supporters.

The early play was centred in the visitors half of the field although there was little to trouble Dorus De Vries. Tongo Doumbia forced the first corner of the game in the fifth minute, but Stephen Hunt’s kick was cleared.

When Charlton won a corner, that was taken by Johnnie Jackson, De Vries had little difficulty in claiming the flag-kick. 

The keeper had to fist clear a drive from Ricardo Fuller before Charlton were forced to make a change as Mark Gower replaced the injured Andy Hughes.

Attempts at goal were few but an inspirational moment from Karl Henry saw Wolves inches away from taking the lead. The midfielder chested down a clearance and, from fully 40 yards, he hit a volley that crashed against the angle and back into the arms of keeper Ben Hamer.

Roger Johnson needed lengthy treatment after taking a blow to the face but, typically, he was keen to get back into the thick of things.

Two Hunt corners in quick succession were cleared by the home defence and in first half stoppage time there was a half chance for Björn Sigurdarson but he didn’t get a kind bounce of the ball and Michael Morrison nipped in to clear.

A total of five minutes extra time were played at the end of a half that was bereft of goalmouth action.

Half-Time: Charlton 0 Wolves 0

Chris Solly was well wide with the first attempt of the second half as Wolves then enjoyed some early pressure without unduly worrying Hamer.

With just over an hour gone, home skipper Jackson limped off and was replace by Danny Green who was soon in the thick of things with a shot that took a hefty deflection for a corner.

Green took the kick himself and although his first effort was cleared behind for a second corner, it led to The Addicks taking the lead in the 63rd minute. Green’s low flag kick landed in the six-yard box and the ball was forced home from close range by Dorian Dervite.

It took Wanderers just three minutes to draw level with a deft header from Kevin Doyle beating Hamer after Johnson had flicked on a cross from Jack Robinson.

Kaspars Gorkss became the first of four Wolves men to be booked in a ten minute spell when he caught Green on the right hand corner of the visitor box. He was followed into the book by Matt Doherty for what the referee deemed a dive on the halfway line, Sigurdarson for blocking as the keeper cleared, and Hunt who caught Hamer after a run from the centre circle that took him into the home area.

After Green had curled a free-kick dangerously across the face of De Vries’s goal, Dean Saunders sent Adam Hammill on for the final few minutes in place of Hunt who was suffering from cramp after a tireless display. 

The 90th minute afforded nothing but heartbreak for Wolves and their followers as home substitute Obika forced the ball home after Green’s initial shot had been blocked. It was a bitter pill to have to swallow.

Charlton: Hamer, Hughes (Gower 13), Jackson (capt) (Green 61), Morrison, Pritchard, Wiggins, Kermorgant, Fuller (Obika 81), Solly, Harriott, Dervite.

Unused subs: Button, Taylor, Kerkar, Wilson.

Wolves: De Vries, Doherty, Robinson, Henry, Gorkss, Johnson, Sigurdarson, Doumbia, Doyle (capt),Ward (Batth 90+2), Hunt (Hammill 86).

Unused subs: McCarey, Dicko, Foley, Cassidy, McAlinden.

Bookings: Gorkss (67 - foul), Doherty (73 – diving), Sigurdarson (76 – foul), Hunt (78 – foul). 

Referee: R. East.

Attendance: 19,023 (1,968 away supporters).


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