Possession, as they say, is only nine tenths of the law.

New Bolton manager Neil Lennon became the latest in a long line of mangers who feels his team should have taken more from The Valley after what seemed like a dominant display by the visitors. 

Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over the Trotters was once again a game where Charlton surrendered the majority of the play, yet another strong defensive display won the day for the Addicks.

Bolton had a lot of time on the ball to try and create openings, but a resolute rearguard once again helped see Charlton over the line

With the weekend setback of the Cherries popping our unbeaten run, and injuries among the squad dampening expectations for the fans, it was a man who had a lot to prove himself who led the line magnificently for Charlton last night.

George Tucudean, after an opening 10 minute spell of high susceptibility to gravity, really put in a fantastic shift - scoring one and assisting another.

The goal he scored was more akin to a striker in a fine vein of form, bringing the ball down after a lofted through ball from Yoni Buyens and composing himself before firing across the keeper into the far corner.

I have been saying all season I believe George’s link-up play is the strongest point of his game and his assist came after the sort of penetrative move we’ve proven capable of in patches this season.

This left Johnnie Jackson with the simplest of tasks for a goal-poacher of his quality and he duly doubled our advantage.

I had hoped the second goal would signal the opening of the floodgates, but Dean Moxey’s immediate reply sent a nervous chill around The Valley.

A tiring midfield duo of Buyens and Jackson were not quite able to hold the same grasp on the midfield they had towards the end of the first half.

Bolton had plenty of the ball but failed to create too many clear cut chances due to the defensive prowess of our back four.

Seeing the opposition in possession creates panic and frustration among the crowd, and I’m no exception.

We want our team to get back on the ball and ease the pressure off, and the fact they were not able to do that once again meant many of us left the ground feeling somewhat fortunate to be able to celebrate three points. 

But we’d be selling ourselves short because we can boast one of the meanest defences in the league - and that is nothing to be ashamed of.

I’d like to see Charlton spanking teams by four or five goals every week, but sometimes we just have to be grateful with a gentle paddling by a single goal margin. 

As mentioned above, it seemed Buyens had started to tire towards the end last night and the man himself admitted to me after the Bournemouth game he had faded during the two games before the international break (Norwich and Birmingham).

A lot has been made about England starlet Raheem Sterling feeling burned out and being benched for England’s game in Estonia.

To the ordinary working man, a young, highly paid footballer feeling tired after running about a bit is someone who doesn’t know what a real day’s graft is.

But the modern day footballer finds themselves playing in a high intensity, highly pressurised game that takes no prisoners.

The amount of money they are paid bears no significance at all on how their body feels and how long it can take for it to recover after a game.

Bob Peeters will make sure that he keeps an eye on the Belgian midfielder to ensure he doesn’t burn out early in this rigorous Championship season, lest his early season form will be curtailed. 

It’s another match within three days on Friday at Fulham and Charlton will be looking to extend the sequel of our unbeaten run to two games.

Come on you reds!

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