Charlton defeated promotion favourites Leeds United at The Valley yesterday, which sees us re-enter the playoff spots.
Macauley Bonne’s first Charlton goal was enough to secure the three points, with our defenders putting in another warrior’s performance to keep out Leeds’ relentless attacks.
Here’s how I rate the Charlton team after yesterday’s performance:
Dillon Phillips – 8
An outstanding performance from Charlton’s number one. He pulled off some critical saves throughout the game and kept another clean sheet. Brilliant display in between the sticks.
Chris Solly – 7
A solid showing from Solly. Got forward really well and made some decent tackles. He’ll be keeping Oshilaja and Matthews out of the squad with performances like that.
Tom Lockyer – 7
Yet another fabulous display at the back from the Welsh international. Did well to hinder Bamford’s attacking threat and threw his body on the line to prevent an equaliser. What a player he is.
Naby Sarr – 6
A better performance from the Frenchman. Charged forward well a couple of times and made some good tackles, but he still has his scary moments on the ball that he needs to be careful with. I still prefer Pearce at the back over him.
Ben Purrington – 6
Despite carrying a calf injury, it was an ok performance from the left back. Didn’t get involved much but he made some good overlapping runs and his passing was a lot better. I’m not sure how long he can last with that knock he has.
Darren Pratley – 7
Warrior’s performances from Darren. Won practically everything in the air and put in some crunching challenges. Unsung hero for the Addicks.
Josh Cullen – 8
The Irish international was instrumental in the middle. Darted around the field, put in some brilliant tackles and controlled the middle of the park. Fantastic display from him.
Conor Gallagher – 9
This kid just keeps on giving! Him and Cullen were on fire in the midfield, but Conor was a man that was possessed. He was sprinting all around the pitch, constantly working to get the ball back and was causing a lot of frustration for the Leeds players. This boy will go far in the future. Man Of The Match.
Jonny Williams – 7
One of the most creative players on the pitch. The Welshman used his skill to get through the Leeds defence and set up some great chances. Was subbed off in the second half, presumably to save fitness for the Swansea game. Solid performance from Jonny.
Macauley Bonne – 8
The Charlton faithful were crying out for him to start. He starts and he scores, although not in spectacular fashion! What a performance from Macauley. He was given a chance and he delivered with a quality shift. His work rate was superb, let’s hope it’s a sign of things to come.
Jonathan Leko – 5
I’ve not been impressed with Leko recently and he failed to impress me again yesterday. He might whack out some trickery but it leads to nothing. He has to learn to pass the ball, especially when he had a golden opportunity to play it across to Bonne or Aneke either side of him and he just carried on and lost the ball. We need to see an improvement from him in the next few games.
Chuks Aneke – 5
Came on for Williams in the second half. His hold up play was good and he won everything in the air. No one can push him off the ball, but his laziness off the ball is a concern. Needs to start working hard to win the ball back instead of settling for a throw in.
Sam Field – N/A
Didn’t have long on the pitch so it’s unfair to rate him, although he did put his body on the line to stop a certain goal.
Jason Pearce – N/A
Like Sam, Jason wasn’t on the pitch long enough to give him a fair rating. I want to see him starting over Naby on Wednesday.