YONI ON THE SPOT TO MUG BLUE­BIRDS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Matt Lloyd

RUS­SELL Slade could not help but feel his Cardiff side had been ‘mugged’ af­ter Yoni Buyens’ late penalty snatched a victory for Charl­ton Ath­letic.

Cardiff looked to be in to­tal con­trol of this typ­i­cal mid-ta­ble Cham­pi­onship clash af­ter Fed­erico Macheda’s sec­ond-half strike.

But Tony Watt equalised be­fore Buyens struck in the 86th minute to com­plete a come­back victory for the Ad­dicks and keep their re­vival go­ing.

It was in­fu­ri­at­ing for Slade who had stopped the rot at Cardiff City with just one de­feat in their pre­vi­ous seven games.

But Sean Mor­ri­son clum­sily bun­dled over Simon Church in the penalty area and Buyens held his nerve to slot home the win­ner from the spot.

Slade said: “We dom­i­nated 75 per cent of that game so it is frus­trat­ing to say the least that we have lost.You could say we have been mugged.

“We dom­i­nated for long pe­ri­ods and should have put the three points to bed. But we have to learn to man­age the game for the whole 90 min­utes. If you look at the ta­ble, that’s what the top six sides do.

“It didn’t look as if Charl­ton were com­ing back into the game. We just didn’t clear the dan­ger from one cross and then didn’t get tight enough to the blue shirts in the box for their first.

“Then the sec­ond goal is to­tally un­nec­es­sary. There are no qualms about it be­ing a penalty but it wasn’t needed when their player has his back to goal and is go­ing nowhere. Sean and the rest of us are dis­ap­pointed with that.

“But we also have to look at the fact that we didn’t cre­ate enough clear-cut chances. We had a lot of the ball but we need to cre­ate more op­por­tu­ni­ties to put op­po­si­tion to bed.”

Victory was Charl­ton’s fifth in their last six games and an­other shot in the arm for boss Guy Lu­zon. But the Ad­dicks manager ad­mits it took some harsh words at half­time to turn this one around.

He said: “We didn’t play well in the first half and I told the play­ers at half-time that some­thing had to change if we wanted to take three points back to Lon­don.

“We were or­gan­ised but we weren’t keep­ing the ball and that just wasn’t enough to win.We had to change the tempo and move the ball and then we played a lot bet­ter.

“In my phi­los­o­phy, there is no point to play long balls. If you keep the ball and move it, then you have a chance to score goals. That is the first thing of foot­ball.

“We also showed char­ac­ter when we were 1-0 down away from home to get the goal and then to con­tinue play­ing af­ter the goals.”

It also took the in­tro­duc­tion of fresh legs from the bench to gal­vanise Charl­ton into ac­tion, par­tic­u­larly Chris Ea­gles. It took the for­mer Manch­ester United for­ward less than 60 sec­onds to reg­is­ter his side’s first shot on tar­get on the hour.

And his burst and pass found Watt un­marked in the penalty area to hit his third in three games.

Fel­low sub­sti­tute Church then made his pres­ence felt by win- ning the penalty that set-up Buyens’ late win­ner.

Lu­zon added: “Ea­gles had a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence but so did the other sub­sti­tutes. This is the job if you are on the bench, to come on and be pos­i­tive.”

Charl­ton keeper Stephen Hen­der­son de­nied Craig Noone and Conor McAleny from long range with the best ef­forts of a frus­trat- ing first-half. But Hen­der­son failed to make the sec­ond half with an an­kle in­jury and re­place­ment Marko Dmitro­vic con­ceded when Noone crossed for Macheda to score his sev­enth of the sea­son.

But Ea­gles gal­vanised Charl­ton and changed the game. Watt struck the equaliser be­fore Mor­ri­son’s late blun­der.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

ALL SMILES: Charl­ton’s Yoni Buyens cel­e­brates scor­ing their win­ner from the spot, inset

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