LUZON LAPS UP ADDICKS COMEBACK
CHARLTON head coach Guy Luzon was left purring over his troops’ second-half performance against Reading, adamant the scoreline at The Valley should have been far more comfortable for the home fans.
After a quiet opening period Pavel Pogrebnyak put the away side in front on the stroke of halftime with a fine turn and finish.
But Charlton scored three times after the break, twice through Yoni Buyens with Simon Church grabbing the other, with the away side, down to ten men after the dismissal of Danny Williams, getting a late consolation with Pogrebnyak’s second.
And Luzon was thrilled with the turnaround, praising the mentality of his players as they made it seven wins in their last nine.
He said:“I think we started the game very well. In the first 20 to 25 minutes we moved the ball well but we were not efficient enough in finding that final ball.
“I told them at half-time that we needed to go back to how we started the game and that final ball would come in the end.
“I thought the second half was brilliant because we played great football.
“We scored three goals but we could have scored three or four more.
“For me it is not only important that we win but the way that we play is also important.
“We have to enjoy the game and play with a smile on our faces and I think we did that well.
“The whole club is happy and if we continue to play like this we will keep winning and more Charlton fans will come to the games.”
Reading were the first side to produce a sustained spell of pressure and got their reward in the 40th minute when Jordan Obita’s scuffed shot from the edge of the area was well controlled on the turn by Pogrebnyak, the Russian making no mistake from six yards out.
Charlton started the second-half on fire and got the equaliser when Reading centre-back Michael Hector clearly handled a deep cross under-pressure with Buyens scoring his seventh spotkick of the season.
The home side continued to pile forward and added two more goals in a rampant second-half performance.
First Buyens scored his second of the game, fortuitously guiding Joe Gomez’s low cross into the top corner via his knee, before Church scored against his old club, tapping home from a yard out after good work from Tony Watt.
Reading were completely outplayed in the second half and things got worse when they went down to ten men after Williams was sent off for an off the ball incident. They did get a late consolation through Pogrebnyak, but Charlton fully deserved the three points that keeps them 11th in the table.
Reading manager Steve Clarke said: “Our second half performance was just not good enough so that is very disappointing.
“In the first half I thought we performed very well but the difference between the first half and the second half was incredible, really.
“It was symptomatic of the season that we have had and also symptomatic of the way we have responded to adversity in games and it is not too difficult for people to see why we are where we are in the league.
“We need to work out how you can do so well in the first half and have so much control within a game but then come out and have absolutely no reaction to them equalising in the second half.
“It is something that is really frustrating and the sooner this league campaign is over and the sooner we are safe in the division then the sooner we can try to start again.”
HAIR-RAISING: Simon Church, left, takes the praise after scoring Charlton’s third and, inset,Yoni Buyens sends Adam Federici the wrong way from the spot