Lu­zon shown door as Judge rules

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By James Jenk­ins

NINE league games with­out a win proved to be the fi­nal straw as Guy Lu­zon was axed as Charl­ton man­ager af­ter a heavy home de­feat to Brent­ford.

The Ad­dicks looked ab­ject from start to fin­ish as Brent­ford’s Alan Judge ran the show.

John Swift opened the scor­ing on 26 min­utes for the Bees, Judge scored Brent­ford’s sec­ond goal af­ter the break, with Lasse Vibe adding the third strike late on.

The game ended amid a cho­rus of boos and chants for Lu­zon to be sacked, with Charl­ton oblig­ing by ter­mi­nat­ing his con­tract just an hour af­ter the Is­raeli gave a de­fi­ant press con­fer­ence.

“Foot­ball in the end is about scor­ing goals and we missed, but the dif­fer­ence be­tween here and the last game was that we had the chances to score, too many chances to score,” said Lu­zon.

“This is the sit­u­a­tion, it’s not easy but foot­ball is a game of char­ac­ter and now we need to show our qual­ity and char­ac­ter to­gether.

“I’m strong in the head be­cause if I think that we don’t have the qual­ity in the squad and that we are a bad team, that we don’t have any chance to do some­thing this sea­son, then okay I need to raise my hand and go home, but I am full of con­fi­dence for our squad.

“I ad­mit it will not be easy, it will be tough but I am sure we will do it.”

If only they had. Lu­zon made six changes to his Charl­ton side af­ter los­ing 3-0 to Pre­ston in mid­week, bring­ing Stephen Hen­der­son into goal for his first start of the sea­son, as well as Si­mon Makienok, who was re­stored in at­tack af­ter a six game ab­sence through in­jury.

Charl­ton started the brighter of the two teams, but Franck Moussa, Jo­hann Berg Gud­munds­son and Tony Watt all failed to con­vert.

Brent­ford broke the dead­lock in the 26th minute when Judge’s cross from the right man­aged to find the un­marked Swift, who headed in.

The Bees had scored just once in four league games against Charl­ton prior to this match, but that was not the case again as a dom­i­nant dis­play in pos­ses­sion saw the vis­i­tors con­trol the game.

Brent­ford be­gan the sec­ond half with the ma­jor­ity of the pos­ses­sion as Charl­ton ap­peared re­luc­tant to chase down the ball.

And the Ad­dicks were made to pay for their back-seated ap­proach when Alan McCor­mack picked out Judge, whose thump­ing ef­fort dou­bled the lead.

Vibe, on as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute, sealed the win late on as he struck from in­side the box to find the bot­tom left-hand cor­ner.

Brent­ford boss Lee Carsley said: “We un­der­stand the form that Charl­ton are in and when you play against a team like that they are dan­ger­ous.

“It’s im­por­tant that the club know the sit­u­a­tion and the way I feel. It’s not a first-time man­ager’s role. It’s not a ‘see how you get on’ role. It’s a re­ally good job in a for­ward-think­ing club that’s po­ten­tially go­ing to the Pre­mier League.

“I don’t feel I’m the right per­son for that, but at the minute I am the right per­son.

“I learned that my strengths were in coach­ing and de­vel­op­ment, and I don’t think there’s any­thing wrong with want­ing to be a spe­cial­ist in that area.

“I can do this job. It’s not some­thing I’m over­whelmed by, but you know – you’re a reporter, why aren’t you on TV?

“You know what your strengths are, and mine are in de­vel­op­ment and get­ting the best out of younger play­ers.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

ON TAR­GET: Brent­ford’s Lasse Vibe scores their third goal to wrap up the vic­tory which saw Guy Lu­zon lose his job as Charl­ton boss

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