Lucky 13 for Reza sharp Ad­dicks

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sam Thomas

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.”

PIC­TURES: Pro Sports

TAR­GET MEN: Charl­ton Ath­letic striker Si­mon Makienok cel­e­brates his strike. In­set: Reza Ghoochan­nejhad scores their third goal

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