It’s been 6 years since Chris Solly booted a magnificent volley past Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, I just can’t believe it’s been that long for the right-back. It seems like only a couple years ago that Solly was helping us to our League One title win and then all of sudden he’s made 270 appearances in a Charlton shirt. Time does fly!
“I think that takes my ratio from one in 135 to maybe one in 90 so it’s quite a big difference, It comes around every six years, so I’m not sure you’ll see another one. It’s sat up nicely. We were trying to get the equaliser so I had squeezed right in.
“It’s just trying to get a good connection and keep the ball down. You see it so often where they go flying over the bar so I was just trying to get a good connection. I think one of their lads was trying to clear it but shanked it in. But I think it’s my goal. It was definitely on target.”
Has anyone noticed that when Chris Solly scores he always gets absolutely fantastic goals, for a right-back you just don’t expect him to have the potential to shoot the ball the way he can? Maybe if Bowyer gave Solly a more right-wing-back position maybe we could see him pulling off more of those shots in the near future. It’s always a great spectacle to see him do something like that. You can also see within the fans reactions the one-club man can really raise the roof when he puts in a performance.
Solly also spoke with the club website.“We’ve got a great team spirit this year and it reminds me of the squad we had a few years back, we’re as close off the pitch as we are on it.
“We do stuff together outside of football. It’s a close-knit group and that bodes well when you’re on the pitch.
“You can see when you come to places like Luton and you need to dig out a result, that togetherness comes through.
“Our fans always travel in big numbers. They’re always massive for us. Coming to places like this, they out sang nine thousand of them massively.
“It was nice to give them a little reward at the end and send them home half happy and now we look forward to Tuesday.”
It’s nice to see the togetherness around the team is really going well for all of them, it’s just the little things that give the team a boost such as the paintballing last week. All of these little activities make the team bond well together and Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson are doing a fantastic job of keeping them all in line.
Solly added. “One of the biggest differences now is I always feel like we’re going to score goals. We can go 1-0 down and I’d still fancy us to come back and win 2-1 or 3-1.
“Maybe we didn’t have that the last couple of years. It’s a big thing. Lyle Taylor has been a massive signing for us. Karlan has come back this season flying, Igor looks fit and Nicky looks sharp.
“We’ve got four top strikers there who’ve got goals in them. It’s a massive positive.”
That’s the fighting spirit I have been talking about for the last couple weeks. Now it reassures me that the team feel that way as well. The last team I remember who had this never say die attitude about them was way back in the Premier League when we would be losing against a team like Manchester United or Arsenal and we would never give up until that final whistle went, although we are in League One it feels a lot like that teams we had back then.
I just can’t wait to see what more in store for this team, because when a man who has been there his whole footballing career is saying that he still fancies us to win after going 1-0 down is a very good sign for all of us. He is confident in the team that is going out there, he is confident that we will still win after conceding the first goal. That is something our team has been needing for a long time and now we are finally there.
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