Saunders vows to fight on
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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