Tariqe is ter­rific for ‘per­fect’ Ad­dicks

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ben Rear­don

KARL Robin­son ad­mits Tariqe Fosu has made him­self in­dis­pens­able at Charlton after his su­perb hat-trick downed Fleet­wood in a “per­fect” Ad­dicks per­for­mance.

Fosu, who spent time on loan at the Cod Army dur­ing the 2015-16 sea­son, net­ted a brace in the first half, ei­ther side of Bobby Grant’s equaliser.

He added a third late on to end the Charlton’s a four-game win­less run and Robin­son claims the mid­fielder has be­come far more valu­able than he imag­ined when sign­ing him from Read­ing in the sum­mer.

Robin­son said: “Tariqe was brought in here as a squad player. He knew it was go­ing to be hard to get in.

“But we’ve had some big in­juries to big play­ers, and full credit to him; he got his chance sooner rather than later and he has ex­ploited that.

“He de­serves it as he has done great in train­ing.

“If we can get to Jan­uary and keep do­ing what we are do­ing, we can push on fur­ther, and that is a very strong and promis­ing place for us to be.

“We knew we had to be dis­ci­plined, and it was the per­fect per­for­mance away from home.”

The Ad­dicks led after 14 min­utes when Fosu con­nected with Ricky Holmes’ cross to nod past Alex Cairns.

Fleet­wood were level 11 min­utes later as Grant drove a low ef­fort beyond Ben Amos.

Fosu then added his sec­ond on 40 min­utes, weav­ing his way through a sea of Fleet­wood de­fend­ers be­fore slot­ting con­fi­dently into the bot­tom right-hand corner.

After the break, Fosu took ad­van­tage of Fleet­wood’s fruit­less search for an equaliser by com­plet­ing his hat-trick.

The mid­fielder prof­ited from a counter-at­tack, out­pac­ing Nathan Pond prior to burst­ing into the box and fir­ing through Cairns’ legs to wrap up the win.

Fleet­wood boss Uwe Rosler said: “The way the goals went in and those mis­takes that we made were based on fa­tigue and poor de­ci­sion­mak­ing in those cru­cial mo­ments.

“But that is no ex­cuse and I have no prob­lems with that.

“Some­times, as a coach, you need to be hon­est with your­self and your play­ers – this was not good enough, and we know that as a squad.

“It was clear to see where the prob­lems were. Ev­ery­one who saw us beat Brad­ford at Val­ley Pa­rade knows how much we in­vested into that game.

“But then our stan­dards have dropped here.”

STAR MAN TARIQE FOSU Charlton

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