What a month it has been. September has been an unbeaten month for us playing a total of five games and winning four with the final point coming away at Luton.
How has this month been as a whole? Let’s a take it all the way back to September 1st and we are visiting Chris Powell’s Southend United, we knew this was going to be a hard game and so it was, but what did we see from this performance that started a winning run? It lit a fire in this team once they knew they can fight back hard it never stopped as shown throughout this month.
Lyle Taylor was the man to fire Charlton in front, but just three minutes later Southend equalised with Theo Robinson grabbing the goal. It doesn’t matter dust ourselves off go again and go again we did as Arsenal loanee Krystian Bielik scored late on with a bullet of a header to take us 2-1 in front.
Next up was Wycombe Wanders at home and this showed that the fire was lit and it was not going out. We conceded early on, but came back to go 3-1 up through an own goal with former Palace player Randall Williams making the mistake, Lyle Taylor and Naby Sarr were also on the score sheet. Wycombe got a late goal in the 90th minute as Paris Cowen-Hall headed it home from the corner.
So two games in and two great performances and just as the season looked like it was taking a downfall just before September started, we sprung right back into action showing we can handle ourselves in League One. On to the next outing at Bradford City.
We arrived at Valley Parade in high hopes, higher than what they have been for a long while, we did not show our fight, but we did show our dominance. We did not have to come from behind or anything like that we just made sure we had that game from start to finish and with Grant and Taylor getting the goals, it capped off a great win which took the hopes even higher.
Back at The Valley a week later Plymouth was in town in search of a first victory of the season, but that was to be halted once more, although there was hope for Plymouth as Graham Carey scored in the 9th minute. However, that hope for Plymouth was very short lived as Karlan Grant scored just three minutes later to put more misery on Plymouth.
It then got very late into the game and it looked as though we were going to be taking a point from this one even though we were smashing the shots in, but no comeback yet. That was until Grant got his second of the game intercepting a loose ball in the Plymouth penalty area and scoring a very important and easy goal to make it 2-1.
So a sold-out away crowd were to follow. Luton away, Kenilworth Road was the destination and we knew it was going be a tough game, but nevertheless, I was confident we were going to get something out of this one. First blood was Charlton with Tariq Fosu marking a perfect return with a goal from the penalty spot. First half ended and we were 1-0 up.
The second half came along and once Luton got their first goal in the 74th minute it only took another six minutes for them to strike another goal in through James Collins. We knew we were in trouble, but now was a time to show off that fighting attitude that we have found recently and we did not disappoint as Chris Solly volleyed in his first goal in almost six years to give us a point away from home.
So September is finished, but it is one of the best months of Charlton football we have had in a very long time and now Lee Bowyer’s red army has given us a glimmer of hope for the rest of the season. I rate this month a 9/10 only reason for the 9 was the draw otherwise it would have been a perfect ten for the Addicks. As we look ahead to October we know things are only going to get better.
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