POWELL JOY AS ADDICKS HIT SIX
BARNSLEY........0 CHARLTON ......6
CHARLTON manager Chris Powell hailed his side’s six-hit display at Oakwell as one of the best of his managerial career.
Bradley Pritchard and Johnnie Jackson gave the Addicks a half-time lead, while Yann Kermorgant, Callum Harriott, Salim Kerkar and Ricardo Fuller completed the rout.
Stephen Dawson and Tom Kennedy saw second-half red cards for Barnsley, with Powell believing the drubbing could have been even greater as Charlton climbed to ninth in the Championship.
“It’s certainly one of the best performances in my managerial career,” he said. “I won’t say the best but certainly I think that’s the most we’ve scored under my tenure.
“It’s definitely up there in my top three. For us to score six on the road was fantastic.
“We could have scored more, they went down to ten and then nine men but it was 4-0 before the first sending off.
“We were professional right to the end so I’m proud of them all, with six different scorers.
“It was massive to get off to a good start as Barnsley have been very good here. Nobody saw that coming.
“You don’t get many days like this. I said to the players to enjoy it with the supporters and enjoy the moment.
“We’ve had a few down days this year but our recent form shows exactly where we’re at and what this group of players are capable of.
“All of the players are working hard, we’ve worked on our shape in and out of possession. Our key players are playing with confidence.”
The Addicks took a fourth minute lead when Luke Steele spilled Kermorgant’s shot and Pritchard finished from close-range.
Skipper Jackson doubled Charlton’s advantage on 19 minutes when he nutmegged Steele.
Kermorgant scored Charlton’s third with a 48th minute back post bullet header from Rhoys Wiggins’ left-wing cross.
Harriott’s powerful 59th minute shot added the Addicks’ fourth, which Tykes captain Steele parried into his own net.
Barnsley’s misery continued on 62 minutes when Dawson saw a straight red from referee Geoff Eltringham for a two-footed lunge on Kermorgant.
Jonathan Obika’s clever 80th minute turn in the box fed fellow substitute Kerkar for a composed close-range finish.
Kennedy saw red for bringing down a through on goal Fuller on 86 minutes, the former Stoke striker scoring in stoppage time with a delightful curling shot.
Barnsley manager David Flitcroft feels his side must stick together as their relegation struggles deepened, but had no objections to both red cards.
“It went wrong from the start,” he said. “The first 20 minutes we couldn’t cope and we couldn’t handle the strikers and the wingers.
“They got the better of us with scoring so early in the game – it gave them a real advantage. Certainly we left a lot of gaps and were quite fragmented in our play and our shape. We looked open and quite exposed.
“They’ve caused us problems and to concede six goals at home is a real calamitous blow.
“I think the ball has got away from Dawson and it’s a reaching tackle. I’d possibly like to have a look at that one again but with Kennedy it’s a professional foul and he has to send him off.
“We’ve got to build off what we have, remain strong and galvanise this group.”
CAPTAIN MARVEL: Charlton’s Johnnie Jackson celebrates after his side’s second goal