Young Ad­dicks hold on in shock

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Dar­ren Devine

CHARL­TON ATH­LETIC boss Karl Robin­son cred­ited an in­cred­i­ble rear­guard ac­tion af­ter his youth­ful ten-man team dealt Bolton’s pro­mo­tion hopes a heavy blow.

First-half goals from Charl­ton cen­tre-back Pa­trick Bauer and loan sign­ing Nathan Byrne se­cured the points af­ter the Trot­ters had gone ahead through a stun­ning Zach Clough free-kick.

And ju­bi­lant Ad­dicks boss Robin­son even had no complaints about the red card that saw new sign­ing Lewis Page dis­missed af­ter 11 min­utes for bring­ing down Josh Vela when clean through.

He said: “It was def­i­nitely a send­ing off. I thought it was un­lucky for Lewis Page be­cause he’s ac­tu­ally been in­jured in his first game and out for the first the few weeks.

“I feel sorry for him be­cause it wasn’t even his man and he did un­be­liev­ably to al­most get there.”

But Robin­son was full of praise for his team’s de­fen­sive stand af­ter the Trot­ters dom­i­nated but cre­ated lit­tle.

He added: “I don’t think there were many chances cre­ated. We looked dis­ci­plined. Our sec­ond-old­est player was our goal­keeper (De­clan Rudd) at 26 and that showed in the en­ergy and the legs we had in the team.” Bolton boss Phil Parkin­son was at a loss to ex­plain how his side let slip such a com­mand­ing po­si­tion. He said: “I can’t re­mem­ber a worse feel­ing since I came to Bolton. It is ab­so­lutely un­ac­cept­able for the in­tel­li­gence we have got in this team. “Of course at 2-1 they will sit back and make it as dif­fi­cult as pos­si­ble, but we didn’t show enough qual­ity in the sec­ond half to get back into it. “There wasn’t enough in­tent to get back on level terms so we didn’t de­serve to one bit.” Early on Charl­ton mid­fielder Joe Aribo al­most found space in the box, but saw the chance snuffed out by Trot­ters’ de­fender Mark Beev­ers With an en­ter­tain­ing ebb and flow to the con­test Charl­ton mid­fielder Jake Forster-Caskey stung Ben Al­nwick’s fin­gers af­ter the Trot­ters’ Jay Spear­ing mis­con­trolled on the edge of the box.

Next came the mo­ment that should have turned the con­test when Clough fired his su­perb free­kick be­yond Rudd from 25-yards out af­ter Page saw red.

Clough should have made it two on 19 min­utes when he volleyed over from ten yards out with the goal at his mercy.

And Bolton were swiftly pun­ished when Forster-Caskey supplied the free-kick that saw Bauer head home the lev­eller on 21min­utes.

Next Charl­ton cap­tain Chris Solly saw his at­tempted block de­flected against his own post, be­fore Rudd had to be swift off his line to deny Clough.

With the con­test look­ing like it was drift­ing to­wards half-time Forster-Caskey supplied Byrne from a free-kick for the vis­i­tors’ sec­ond in first-half stop­page time.

Parkin­son ex­pressed dis­may af­ter see­ing his team go to sleep for the equaliser, be­fore get­ting caught on the break for the win­ner.

He added: “We were in con­trol of the game re­ally, pa­tient with the ball, but then gave away a silly free­kick and the ball is in the back of our net.

“We are ab­so­lutely livid about the sec­ond goal be­cause we left our­selves open against Swin­don (in the last home game) at 1-1 and had spo­ken about it.”

Af­ter the break James Henry saw a header drift wide of Rudd’s goal, be­fore the Trot­ters mid­fielder fired wide from the right edge of the box.

Next Bolton cen­tre-back David Wheater headed straight at Rudd from a cor­ner, be­fore Spear­ing blasted over and Bolton ran out of steam.

PIC­TURES: ProS­ports/ Craig Gal­loway

HEADS UP: Charl­ton’s Pa­trick Bauer nods in to make it 1-1 BYRNE BABY BYRNE: Nathan Byrne cel­e­brates scor­ing the win­ner

SLOT­TED: Nathan Byrne clips home Charl­ton’s sec­ond goal

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