Charlton vs Derby
Sky Bet Ch’ship
3:00pm Saturday 19th October
Charlton re-established their Sky Bet Championship promotion credentials with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Derby.
The global break was a welcome interruption for Lee Bowyer’s side following a run of just one win in five games had tempered their early-season optimism.
Derby appeared rudderless and lacked goal within an display which belied their recent five-game unbeaten run.
Charlton expectancy was embarrassing disjointed were the visitors.
A single attempt was offered by the Rams and that was a taken.
By contrast, Charlton served up and poured forward at every chance.
The width made by overlapping wing-backs Chris Solly and Jake Forster-Caskey inhabited the Derby full-backs and abandoned area inside for the Jonny Williams-Macauley Bonne axis that was outstanding.
The group created opportunities for each other before Williams has been forced to limp off during injury.
They initially combined in the sixth minute when Williams slipped the ball to a rising shot and Bonne’s route.
Understanding and their motion of each other was remarkable given that Bonne made his very first Charlton start in September.
Williams was inches away from sliding the 20th-minute cross-shot of Bonne until the midfielder fed the overlapping Bonne only for Roos.
Roos prevented Charlton out of taking a 2-0 lead as half-time approached and spread himself at Josh Cullen’s feet.
The keeper could do nothing three minutes into the second half of his defenders left Naby Sarr unmarked to head home a Cullen corner.
Still Derby offered small in the end along with Conor Gallagher wrapped up the things for your Addicks when he switched the ball on his right foot and then curled a delightful shot into the top corner from 20 metres.
Derby substitute Mason Bennett did force Phillips into a rescue five minutes but that would have provided scant consolation for Derby’s fans.