Saun­ders vows to fight on

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Derek Davis

DEAN Saun­ders re­mained defiant de­spite a last­gasp Jonathan Obika goal leav­ing Wolves star­ing down the bar­rel of rel­e­ga­tion with just two games to play.

In what was a huge game for Saun­ders’ men they fell be­hind in the 63rd minute as Do­rian Dervite put Charlton ahead only for the vis­i­tors to equalise through Kevin Doyle three min­utes later.

Wolves had chances to win the game, as did Charlton, but in a cruel twist it was the hosts who took the spoils as Danny Greens de­flected strike fell to Obika, who hit the win­ner.

“Foot­ball is cruel isn’t it?” said Saun­ders. “Both their goals are scram­bled. It was not our day.

“Karl Henry hits a 35-yarder, which hits the un­der­side of the bar and comes out, if it is your day that goes in.

“The first goal is a mis­kicked cor­ner, which he scuffs along the floor. Kevin Doyle has tried to clear it but it is like a low ball in crick­ets and he mishits it.

“The sec­ond goal is even more un­lucky in the 90th minute when it hits Jack Robin­son in the face and squirts out to their player when it could have gone any­where.

“But all is not lost. Other re­sults have kept us in it.

“All that bad luck can be re­versed. The play­ers can do it. We have dug re­sults out be­fore.

“This was a kick in the teeth and is hard to swal­low but it is foot­ball you have to pick your­self up off the floor.”

It was Obika’s sec­ond late win­ner in as many home games af­ter scor­ing against Leeds at the Val­ley and this vic­tory takes Charlton’s un­beaten run to six matches.

Ad­dicks boss Chris Pow­ell said: “Obika shows the value of hav­ing a squad. He has been top class since he came into the dress­ing room.

“He is good fin­isher, when he doesn’t start he wants to be in­volved, he al­ways gets chances, which is a good trait for a striker.

“On top of that Jonathan is a good char­ac­ter and de­serves hero sta­tus for the day.

“On the bal­ance of chances we de­served the win. They had two, the Karl Henry shot and the goal but apart from a few crosses our keeper has not had a lot to do.

“We had the bet­ter of the chances and th­ese lads never give up and they dug in again to get the win.”

It was in-form Charlton who made the early run­ning as Ri­cardo Fuller stung the hands of Do­rius de Vries af­ter a zippy run by teenage winger Cal­lum Har­riott

Henry ex­ploited the space in the mid­dle and mid­way through the first half let fly with a 40yarder, which Charlton keeper Ben Hamer touched onto the cross­bar be­fore clear­ing.

The dead­lock was bro­ken just af­ter the hour as Green’s cor­ner fell in­side the six-yard box and Dervite forced the ball in from a yard out.

With the threat of rel­e­ga­tion loom­ing larger,Wolves bit back and equalised three min­utes later.

Left back Jack Robin­son swung in an an­gled cross from deep and Doyle glanced in a header from 10 yards out leav­ing Hamer flat-footed.

Obika’s strike came on 90 min­utes af­ter the in­flu­en­tial Green had a shot blocked and it fell for the sub­sti­tute to drill in from an an­gle.

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