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Unlucky Trotters seen off by Charlton

TASTE OF DEFEAT: Bolton manager Neil Lennon

THERE ARE times in football when the result isn't necessarily fair and this was one of those evenings for Football League newcomer, Neil Lennon. With the remnants of the Caribbean hurricane turning The Valley into a wind bowl, Charlton rode their luck to beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1.

This was far from Charlton's best performance, which was understandable after Bournemouth ended their unbeaten run with a 1-0 win at the weekend. Their cause was not helped by 'Gorgeous' George Tucudean and his habit of falling dramatically onto the newly laid Valley pitch, every time someone breathed in his direction.

Luckily for Bob Peeters' men, he eventually stopped looking for fouls and decided to put in a performance worthy of his talent.

Dead ends and roundabouts were the order of the evening for the Lancashire side though, as they were unable to turn their 14 corners and 19 shots into three points.

Tucudean stopped his earlier antics with the opener in the 28th minute, to get the Addicks fans off his back and back on his side. The goal definitely gave them impetus and their confidence shone through as they looked to capitalise on an increasingly nervous Bolton side.

The Addicks extended their lead five minutes into the second half as Franck Moussa went on a marauding run down the right wing, before passing to Tucudean, who squared for his captain. Johnnie Jackson fired home a left foot shot to get the crowd singing his name. It was a good, pacy break from the home side and indicative of the type of football Peeters has been getting the team to play.

But the home fans' cheers subsided just three minutes later as Bolton got on the score sheet through Dean Moxey who sent a powerful effort just inside Stephen Henderson's far post. Darren Pratley could have levelled minutes later but his shot was wayward when he had better options with several team-mates waiting in the box.

As the game drew to a close it was all about the visitors, as a shambles in the Charlton box saw the defence decide to play pinball before Rhoys Wiggins headed the ball off the line and Henderson eventually managed to hold onto it, on his third attempt.

Visiting captain Jay Spearing took a free-kick 40 yards out with 15 minutes left but wasted it by sending it straight into the keepers hands.

The Trotters had four corners in the last ten minutes but couldn't execute the killer blow to gain a point as Andre Bikey-Amougou and Tal Ben Haim showed how vital their experience will be to the Londoners this season.

Wanderers had 62 per cent of the possession but it is clear that goals in general are their Achilles heel; scoring just ten from 13 games, and conceding 23 in that time.

It is vital they reverse that trend if they are to move from their second from bottom position. If they can't it is set to be a very long season indeed.

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