Get involved: Send pictures, video, news and views - text NEWS SHOPPER to 80360 or email us
Kermo's disallowed Hull goal still a sore point
10:34am Wednesday 29th August 2012 in Charlton Athletic
CHARLTON blogger MATIAS GREZ looks back at the winning 'goal' that never was against Hull and what could lie ahead for the Addicks in this week’s transfer window.
THE week started with the match against Hull and the denial of a perfectly good goal, something I am sure the majority of Charlton fans will back me up on.
In most scenarios a point would have been a pleasing result against a solid Hull side which finished eighth in the Championship last season, as well as bearing in mind the atrocious playing conditions in a game which could easily have gone the visitors’ way.
However, it was difficult not to feel hard done by after a linesman and referee both denied Yann Kermorgant his second strike of the season and the opportunity to go level on goals with Charlton old boy Miguel Llera near the top of the Championship scoring charts.
Bradley Wright-Phillips was adjudged to have been offside but replays showed he was well onside long after the ball had been played over the Hull City defence.
With regards to a strong appeal for a penalty after Bradley Pritchard had his shot blocked by what appeared to be the hand of Joe Dudgeon, Charlton can’t have too many complaints after Leon Cort got away with a clumsy looking challenge on Corry Evans.
Chris Powell did well to bite his tongue in his post-match interview and recognise a draw was probably a fair result.
Even though he was insistent his side’s goal should have stood and admitted the officials shouldn’t be getting those wrong, he did well to look at the bigger picture.
Powell was quick to acknowledge Hull could have just as easily gone away from the Valley with all three points if it wasn’t for Ben Hamer’s outstanding double save.
Possibly the only negative to come out of Saturday afternoon was the injury sustained by Matt Taylor during the warm-up.
Although Cort has taken his place for the first three games of the season, Taylor was an ever-present last term being included in the squad every week and only sitting out five matches.
Head physiotherapist Erol Umut confirmed Powell’s initial fears by announcing Taylor had torn a muscle in his foot and would be out for about a month, but the good news was he wouldn’t require surgery.
Perhaps another slight disappointment was the attendance was lower than it was on Tuesday.
With the transfer window set to close at the end of this week, these are anxious times for us fans as we wait to see who will come in and, more worryingly, who might move on between now and Friday.
Charlton completed the signing of Tottenham’s reserve keeper David Button for an undisclosed fee yesterday, although initial rumours indicated the Addicks had made a £500,000 bid.
The deal could see John Sullivan go out on loan, something which Powell has been saying was likely since the pre-season game at Welling.
Various sources have stated Premier League West Ham have made a bid for right-back Chris Solly, along with Championship club Bolton Wanderers.
It goes without saying keeping hold of Solly is essential.
Dale Stephens has been linked with a move to Aston Villa and if his brother’s tweets - which were later taken down - are to be believed, then a deal has already been completed.
Stephens has played all bar nine minutes of the opening three games and if he were to hit the form he did last season, then his departure would be a big loss.
Follow us on Twitter @NewsShopperSprt