It was a hard thought out victory for the Addicks this weekend after Karlan Grant and Lyle Taylor put the ball in the net in each half, with some great build up play to compliment the fantastic strikes.
Before the game I was not entirely confident that we would walk away with the three points in our back pockets, however the mighty reds proved me wrong.
With what looked like a certified win before the get go, I was always getting prepared for us to bottle it at some point in the game. Under Lee Bowyer we look so much more confident going forward and also in our defence as we kept our first clean sheet for four games which is showing signs that we are an improving team.
In the team news Lee Bowyer handed Jamie Ward his full debut in what was a successful outing in West Yorkshire, he played in left-back and was a hard worker in the game throughout.
Ward also had a chance in the first half after his shot deflected off Lyle Taylor to go out for a goal kick.
Jed Steer was in goal for his third game in a row over Dillon Phillips whist Ben Reeves also started after overcoming an injury.
In the opening minutes Bradford struggled in the first minute after not getting a single touch on the ball, but after that they did have a chance from close after Jed Steer saved a shot from Eoin Doyle after being set-up through former Palace man Sean Scannell.
Just after that chance for Bradford, Charlton drove forward and when a ball from just inside our own half from Josh Cullen penetrated the Bantams defence with sheer force and found Karlan Grant as he made the most of the opportunity. Karlan cut in to the defence with a few quick moves until he found a tight opening to smash it in to the goal for his third of the season.
Around the half hour mark it seemed Charlton were trying to kill off the game which is something Charlton never seem to do and us Charlton fans know we are use to late drama!
Grant had a good chance that was assisted by Joe Aribo, but unfortunately Grant blasted it over the bar and we remained 1-0 up at half time.
In the second half it was a lot tougher for Charlton as Bradford dominated the start of the second half, also there was a claim for a penalty when Jason Pearce pulled back Ryan McGowan but it was ruled out.
The Bradford players protested the penalty appeal which resulted in Bradford manager David Hopkin being booked for protesting.
At the 80 minute mark Charlton built up some astounding play between Grant, Taylor and Aribo.
It started with Aribo knocking the ball over his head to Grant as he tipped it over to Taylor.
Now here’s the genius part, Grant ran in to the box as a decoy for the Bradford players, he made them follow on to Grant thinking a ball was coming in to him and even the keeper had his eyes on Grant so Taylor made the most of this move and he took his time to pick out a perfect spot to put the ball and then top right corner was just the right place.
So my prediction of 1-1 was wrong(thankfully) and we came away with all three points at Valley Parade, on to the next game at home against Plymouth Argyle.
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