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Four takeaways from Charlton’s draw with high-flying Rotherham: A top-of-the-table clash missing one vital ingredient

Conor Washington struck late on to extend Johnnie Jackson’s unbeaten start in caretaker charge of Charlton Athletic against high-flying Rotherham United. The Millers, unbeaten in nine before play, edged ahead on the stroke of half-time but the Addicks fought their way back into the contest before grabbing a deserved point. Here’s Louis Mendez’s four takeaways from an enthralling evening at The Valley.


A really entertaining game where the Addicks once again more than matched decent opposition – in fact Rotherham will be pleased to have got away with a point. The Millers started the stronger of the two sides but it didn’t take long for Charlton to work their way back into it. Washington saw two decent openings come and go before the break but the visitors took the lead on the stroke of half-time. The South Londoners came flying out of the blocks after the interval and applied serious pressure – although ironically scored just as Rotherham were having a good spell and could have killed the contest off. This was just like a high-tempo top end League One encounter – the only reason it can’t be described as such is because Charlton’s terrible start has them in a false league position. Millers boss Paul Warne says the Addicks are a top six side in waiting and they’re finally starting to act like it. They may have given themselves a mountain to climb but if they are to do so – Johnnie Jackson is acing the application for the role of Sherpa.

Conor Washignton struck the Charlton equaliser. Paul Edwards


I’ve had to double and triple check the calendar on my phone because my brain simply refuses to compute that performance came just two weeks after the Addicks were humiliated by Accrington Stanley at The Valley. 14 days feels like a lifetime. A fortnight ago Charlton looked like an untidy gang of perfect strangers, but they’ve got so much more about them now. They also showed some nerve to battle back from the setback before the break. Compare that to the capitulation against Bolton Wanderers earlier on in the campaign. Warne said it himself after the game: “I would love to have played them two weeks ago.” I bet the rest of League One are missing that Charlton.

Alex Gilbey played a key part in the Addicks midfield. Paul Edwards


I think a lot of the work that Alex Gilbey does in the Addicks midfield goes under the radar. No one touched the ball more in a red shirt than the 26-year-old this evening – he was also third on the list for aerial duels won behind noted aerial combatants Jason Pearce and Jayden Stockley. Having started last season so well but struggling to return to the sort of player he can be when he came back from an injury, he did finish off the campaign in good form and is proving a real asset for the Addicks again now. There’s plenty to like about his game and he can score goals too – he just needs to get off and running in that regard and stung the palms of the Rotherham stopper Josh Vickers with one drive this evening.

Oldham set the tone early by booking Jayden Stockley inside four minutes. Paul Edwards


The refereeing in League One is often like a game of cards – sometimes you wonder how the officials have bluffed their way up to this level. Scott Oldham, the man in the middle for this encounter was as inconsistent as they come. One major talking point came as he bottled showing a second yellow card to Millers defender Michael Ihiekwe for a trip on Gilbey. Paul Warne immediately substituted his man to extinguish any further risk of the visitors being reduced to ten men, but Oldham shouldn’t have left Warne in a position where he could take that option.

Ben Purrington roars his approval after the Addicks levelled the scores. Paul Edwards


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One thought on “Four takeaways from Charlton’s draw with high-flying Rotherham: A top-of-the-table clash missing one vital ingredient

  • I went to the game with a bit of trepidation as Rotherham had just demolished Sunderland a few days earlier. In my view, this game was a bit too early in the reign of Jacko to get anything from and I would have been over the moon to get a point. A point we did get and, on chances actually created, we should have had all 3 !. I think in all honesty, Rotherham looked the more composed side, but the effort and commitment given by Charlton was brilliant. Yes, two weeks ago was a completely different Charlton side and would have been cannon fodder for Rotherham. Can we still make the play offs ? on this performance, yes we can, you only have to look at Oxford and Blackpool, who both had bad starts and were in a similar position to Charlton at this stage of the season. Well done everybody and a cracking game to watch.


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