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Match Report: Scunthorpe United 1-1 Charlton Athletic (Scunthorpe Fan's Perspective)

Monday 19th March 2012
In a season in which the home side have not so much flirted with back to back relegations as seemed likely at times to go down on one knee and propose marriage, the visit of runaway league leaders and ‘big club' fancy pants types Charlton was always going to represent a stern task. Pre-match talk was of the London club's shaky recent form and United's run of four unbeaten and predictions amongst Iron fans ranged from “Losing by less than four will be acceptable” to “2-0 win. No problem.” It's been that kind of year in truth.

Any hopes of a home victory looked wildly optimistic when, six minutes in, Bradley Wright-Phillips met a ball on the edge of the United box on the half volley and smartly stroked it into the top corner past Sam Slocombe. 1-0 to the visitors then, though as players and fans celebrated the chap who sits in front of me turned with a shrug and offered me an apple bon-bon, so , you know, rounds and swingabouts.

Improbably, Scunthorpe took this (the goal, not the sharing of sweets) as their cue to start playing some football but not before The Addicks should have increased their lead, Slocombe this time making a decent block as Rhoys Wiggins ran through on goal. First the improving Josh Walker tried his luck from distance before Garry Thompson, showing typical persistence, found his way into the opposition area and was hauled to the ground. On loan striker Jon Parkin (The Artist Formerly Known as ‘The Beast') confidently stroked home the penalty and the scores were level. So far, so surprisingly good. But better was to come as first Parkin and then the dogged Thompson each had efforts on goal. Wingers Duffy and Barcham were now finding their form and it was the former who laid on the next chance for Thompson who could and should have given United the lead, before a fine save from Hamer denied Barcham a wonder goal just before the break.
In truth the second period never quite reached the heights of the first and the game petered out a little, the main talking point being the performance of referee Mr Lewis who, both sets of fans agreed, controlled the game like a man who had never seen a game of football before. Easily the most abject display since Darren Deadman a few years ago (we will never forget, Mr Deadman. Never).

A point apiece then, one which sees The Iron's good run continue and provides another baby step towards an inevitable return to the Championship for the visitors.
Paul Betts

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