Lucky 13 for Reza sharp Addicks
INTERIM boss Karel Fraeye admitted he was a proud man after seeing the form book go out the window at the Valley as Charlton secured their first victory in 13 games.
The Addicks hammered Sheffield Wednesday thanks to an all-star showing from Simon Makienok.
Johnnie Jackson’s header gave the hosts their first goal in five games, before forward Makienok’s toe-poke put them two up before the break against a side who only last week had beaten Arsenal.
Wednesday huffed and puffed to get a foothold in the game but fell further behind after the restart as Reza Ghoochannejhad put away defender Morgan Fox’s pinpoint cross.
The visitors scored a late consolation through Fernando Forestieri But Fraeye was delighted.
“Of course I am pleased and proud,” he said. “Everyone said we had no chance. Sheffield Wednesday had not been beaten in 11 games and we were on a poor run without scoring for a long time.
“From the outside, the perception to our team, our quality and our staff was very negative. But inside, we always believed that we had the quality. That’s what the players have always said and they confirmed those qualities.
“We put in the head of the players that hard work always pays off.
“We had a very difficult game at Middlesbrough, but we all learned from it.
“We knew we could hurt them with our set-pieces and I’m very happy for the skipper. It was his third 90-minute game this week and he opened the scoring for us, which gave a boost to the supporters.
“They played their part and pushed the players forwards. Just before half-time, we got the second goal and it couldn’t have come at a better moment.
“The desire – and that is the code word for this game – that we showed was big. It was massive and when you have a massive desire you can have a massive win.”
Pre-match protests by the home fans did little to distract the team from helping interim manager Fraeye earn his first win since taking charge in late October.
Charlton started the brighter and when captain Jackson was inexplicably left unmarked as Johann Berg Gudmundsson took a corner, he timed his run from the edge of the box perfectly to thump home the opener.
The Addicks continued to attack and on the stroke of half-time Makienok finished off a brilliant passage of play that saw El-Hadji Ba and Ghoochannejhad combine well on the left before the striker played the ball to Gudmundsson, who duly set up the Dane to score.
Midfielder Gudmundsson was also instrumental in Charlton’s third goal, cutting the visiting defence apart with a chip to Fox, who then set up Ghoochannejhad.
Although the Owls had come into the game unbeaten in their previous 11 matches, they managed just two shots on target as they slipped to ninth in the table. Despite a hugely welcome victory, Charlton remain in the relegation places.
Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal said: “My players played with a lot of heart but not so much energy because we could not match what the opposition had.
“But I am not unhappy with the players, in fact it is the opposite because they have been fantastic.
“We have just had three games in a week, we have played Arsenal in the cup, and these games have all been played at high intensity.”
TARGET MEN: Charlton Athletic striker Simon Makienok celebrates his strike. Inset: Reza Ghoochannejhad scores their third goal