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The Big Match Preview: Charlton vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

7 September 2018

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

Charlton Athletic vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 8th September 2018, k.o. 3pm
The Valley
Referee: Graham Salisbury

It was April 2012 when these two sides last met, on a day that clinched the League 1 title for the Addicks and nudged the Chairboys closer to the relegation trapdoor. On Saturday they meet again in the third tier, with Gareth Ainsworth's men looking to extend the five-game unbeaten run they've put together in league and cup.

There's been impressive progress from the Blues since they succumbed to defeat to Bristol Rovers last month, and the positives from league meetings with Plymouth, Bradford and Charlton far outweigh any negatives which occurred along the way. Adapting to the higher level is one thing, but achieving consistency in performance and results is another.

Their next challenge sees them face a Charlton side who've made a modest start to the season, made more admirable by off-field turbulence which has often stolen attention away from matters on the pitch, where Lee Bowyer has guided the Addicks to two wins, two draws and two losses from their first six games.

Bowyer was finally appointed manager on a permanent basis on Thursday following a long stint as caretaker, and goes head-to-head with the country's second longest-serving boss whose sixth anniversary in charge is just over a fortnight away.

Team News
Scott Kashket came through a full 90 minutes on Tuesday for the first time in almost two years so could force his way into the side, while Adam El-Abd, Nathan Tyson and Darius Charles have continued their progress in their recoveries from injury.

It's international weekend which means the Addicks are without loan pair Jamie Ward and Josh Cullen, while livewise striker Tariqe Fosu is suspended, but defender Patrick Bauer could return after injury.

Man in the Middle
Graham Salisbury has shown 19 yellow and two red cards in his six games in charge so far this season.

His last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 4-2 home loss to Notts County last season.

Wycombe will be in their regular light and dark blue quarters.

On-the-day prices are as follows.

Adult: £24
Over 65: £20
Under 21: £20
Student (with valid student ID): £15
Under 18: £13
Under 11: £8

Tickets can be purchased and collected from Charlton's stadium from 1.30pm on Saturday.

By Adrian Wood


Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Take the M40 towards London and the anti-clockwise M25. Leave at J2 and follow the A2 towards London. After around 12 miles the road splits with the A2 going off to the left and the right-hand lanes becoming the A102. Proceed on the A102 towards the Blackwall Tunnel. Leave the A102 at the next slip road (sign posted Woolwich & Ferry A206). At the bottom of the slip road turn right at the traffic lights towards Woolwich/Charlton. Proceed along the A206 passing the Antigallican pub on your right (the ground and away entrance are diagonally behind this pub). For the main club entrance and car park go straight over the next roundabout, passing a retail park on the left. At the next roundabout, go right around it turning back on yourself along the A206. Then take the first left into Charlton Road. Cross over the railway and after passing the Royal Oak pub on the right, turn right into Harvey Gardens. The ground is on the left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 84 (approx. journey time 1 hours 40 mins)

Recommended area for car parking
Parking at the ground is for permit holders only. There is street parking, but due to a local residents parking scheme, not in close vicinity to the ground or to Charlton railway station. As you come off the A2 onto the A206, there is some street parking to be had on your right, in a couple of streets, before you reach the Rose of Denmark pub.

Using the train?
There are very regular services from London Bridge, Charing Cross and St Pancras International. The Valley is a very short walk from Charlton station – exit into Charlton Church Lane (all exits lead onto this road), turn right and cross over to the other side. Take the next left into Floyd Road and then right into Valley Grove for the away section entrance.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 27,111 (all seated). Away fans are housed in the Jimmy Seed (South) Stand at one end of the ground, which is slightly raised above pitch level, making for a good view. The height between rows is good and the stand quite steep, keeping you fairly close to the playing action. There are refreshment areas on either side of the stand. There is a decent fish and chip shop at the top of Floyd Road, which you pass on the way to the away fans entrance.

Spare time on your hands?
One option is the “Rose of Denmark” on Woolwich Road. Apparently, the pub has a photo display on the wall of fans from visiting clubs that have visited previously. I have read this is a “home supporters only” pub after the game. To find these pubs come out of Charlton station and turn left into Charlton Church Lane. The Antigallican pub is down on the right-hand corner. If you continue down to the T-junction with the Woolwich Road and turn left you will find the Rose of Denmark further down on the left. Alternatively, alcohol is available in the away end.

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Match Reports

Report: Charlton 3-2 Wycombe

Williams and Cowan-Hall on target but the Addicks take the points.

8 September 2018

Promotion candidates Charlton Athletic edged a pulsating affair at The Valley with Wycombe going down to a 3-2 defeat on Saturday afternoon.

The Chairboys earned their lead given to them by Randell Williams' excellent finish from 20 yards, but the tide turned when Sido Jombati turned a cross into his own net to level the scores.

Despite a strong start to the second period from the visitors, Lyle Taylor and Naby Sarr seemingly put the game out of sight before Paris Cowan-Hall set up a grandstand finale with a bullet header, but there was to be no dramatic equaliser with the Blues tasting defeat for the first time in six games.

Gareth Ainsworth had made 10 changes to his side for the midweek win at Northampton in the Checkatrade Trophy but reverted as much as possible to the XI that took on Luton in the league seven days ago, though Matt Bloomfield was sidelined as a result of the concussion he sustained against the Hatters, with Curtis Thompson taking his place.

The Addicks looked to start on the front foot but found the door closed on their early efforts to enter the box, and fell behind soon after. Bryn Morris did excellently to win a throw and it was taken quickly by Jason McCarthy, with the ball finding Randell Williams via Curtis Thompson in acres of space just outside the box. The Watford loanee took a touch and curled a low effort past the keeper for his second goal of the season.

The goal rocked the hosts, in similar circumstances to the effect that the Chairboys had at Bradford a fortnight ago, and jeers from the home fans only heightened the need for the former Premier League side to find a response.

But Wanderers remained resilient, and largely in control, finding space in the box for Williams to send a header straight at the keeper and Morris to drill goalwards only to see it blocked.

And the game descended into a lull midway through the half, which suited the visitors just fine, with no efforts to trouble either keeper.

So it needed a touch of fortune for the hosts to level, and that’s exactly what they got just past the half-hour mark. Charlton worked the ball neatly to the left wing and Lewis Page’s cross was sliced into his own net by Sido Jombati in an attempt to clear on the six-yard line.

It was harsh on the Blues, but didn’t deter them from their endeavours, and after Naby Sarr was booked for a foul, Wanderers threatened from a corner when keeper Jed Steer failed to gather Joe Jacobson’s delivery and no blue shirt could quite convert.

Then action swung to the other end, and the visitors were indebted to a fine save from Ryan Allsop to keep the scores level. Karlan Grant was sent through into the area by a neat pass but Allsop reacted superbly to block his shot and then push the loose ball to safety.

Bryn Morris lashed a difficult chance over the bar from 20 yards as the game neared the interval, but there was still time for Lyle Taylor to go close with a spectacular effort, flying through the air to meet Grant’s cross from the right with a well-hit scissor kick, missing the target by a matter of feet.

The 1-1 scoreline at the break might have irked the Chairboys, who’d looked good value for their lead before the own goal, but boss Gareth Ainsworth will have been heartened by how his side remained focused to prevent the Addicks building on the momentum they had gathered.

Charlton made a change at the break, though new arrival Ben Reeves wasn’t ready in time to take his place for kick-off, so the Addicks resumed the second period with 10 men for two minutes following Nicky Ajose’s substitution.

Joe Jacobson fired a low free-kick into the arms of the keeper from the corner of the box following a foul on Williams, before Williams was scythed down on the counter attack by a wild Darren Pratley challenge, earning the Athletic midfielder a deserved yellow card.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer withdrew Pratley soon after, bringing youngster George Lapslie into the fray, while Wanderers made a change of their own with Fred Onyedinma given licence to run at the home defence as Craig Mackail-Smith made way.

And he did so straightaway, dancing into the Charlton box and threatening with an early shot which was half-cleared and resulted in a free-kick to the Blues for a foul on Curtis Thompson, which was deflected off the wall for a corner.

Then, from Jacobson’s inviting cross, Onyedinma’s header was cleared off the line with Jason McCarthy also doing his utmost to force the ball into the net from close range.

But for all the visitors’ pressure, they almost fell behind to a second own goal, with Grant showing impressive footwork in the box to deliver a low cross which was turned behind by Jacobson as he slid in to clear the danger.

Wanderers recovered, and threatened again, with Jacobson carrying the ball forward superbly and teeing up Williams, whose low cross to the penalty spot was miscued by Morris as he attempted a first-time shot on his left foot.

Then came another substitution, with goalscorer Williams departing to make way for Scott Kashket, whose stunning strike in midweek had settled the win at Northampton.

Sido Jombati was booked for a foul on Taylor on 64 minutes, with Patrick Bauer heading over the top once the free-kick had made its way to Lapslie on the right wing.

And Ryan Allsop came to the rescue a minute later, letting Anthony Stewart off the hook when the defender midsjudged Jed Steer’s long punt and allowed Taylor a clear path to goal. The ball bounced awkwardly for the striker, and the keeper took full advantage, throwing himself brilliantly to block the shot and rescue the rebound.

But the second goal came, and it was Taylor who finally had something to show for his efforts. Wycombe were out-foxed down the Addicks’ left and Joe Aribo fed a clever pass through for Grant, whose low cross-shot was returned into danger by Ben Reeves at the back post and Taylor bundled home to complete the turnaround.

Charlton had their tails up, and Reeves drilled wide at the end of Lapslie’s clever run, with Wycombe needing a new gear to rediscover their attacking threat from earlier in the half.

Gareth Ainsworth introduced Paris Cowan-Hall for Akinfenwa with 12 minutes remaining, but the striker had no time to make an impact for the Addicks stretched their lead through Naby Sarr. A free-kick into the box sat up kindly via a couple of ricochets for the defender to nudge it home, leaving Wanderers wondering how the game had got away from them after at least matching the home side for long spells.

Kashket saw a shot blocked after Stewart neatly controlled Jacobson’s free-kick into his path, and Cowan-Hall sliced a chance over the bar from Onyedinma’s flick-on, though in truth the home side were now looking comfortable with their two-goal advantage.

But their nerves would have been shot on 89 minutes when the Blues gave themselves a lifeline, and it was Cowan-Hall who reduced the arrears with a bullet header from Jacobson’s excellent corner.

With five minutes of injury time, it was game on, and Charlton threw on Anfernee Dijksteel to tighten things up, with Taylor heading to the bench.

Then Jed Steer was booked for time-wasting, with Bauer lucky to escape the same punishment moments earlier, and hopes of a grand finale arrived with a Wycombe corner in the final seconds. The delivery was cleared, and that was that, condemning Wanderers to a first defeat in six games despite a valiant effort at the Valley.

Attendance: 10,358 (including 1,078 Wycombe fans)

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Ticket News

Tickets on sale: Charlton (A, 08/09)

Follow the Chairboys to The Valley on Saturday 8th September.

15 August 2018

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' visit to Charlton Athletic on Saturday 8th September (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 1,500 tickets for the fixture, with more available on request. Tickets will be available to purchase on the day of the game with a price increase of £3.

Advanced ticket prices are as follows:
Adult: £21
Over 65: £17
Under 21: £17
Student (with valid student ID): £12
Under 18: £10
Under 11: £5

Buy tickets online, call 01494 441118 or book from the shop at Adams Park (10am to 5pm, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays).

Tickets will go off sale at 12pm on Friday 7th September. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from Adams Park before that time, or from The Valley Stadium from 1pm on the day of the game.

To view ticket information for our upcoming games, please click here.

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