Addicks looking to stay focused
Addicks looking to stay focused

Charlton almost produced the perfect away performance on Sunday.

They knocked in a couple of goals, controlled the match for large periods, and when Lee Bowyer opted to ‘manage’ the game, they held firm and looked to be seeing the game out without any serious threat.

That is until Matty Blair’s late strike gave Doncaster hope for the second leg. Blair’s goal had an element of good fortune – the cross in took a deflection which gifted Blair his chance.

The Addicks did not panic though, they carried on with their game plan and got to the final whistle without further mishap.

But the late goal should not detract from what preceded it. Bowyer’s team were in total control of their destiny.

Maybe they should have pushed on for more goals, but moments before Doncaster scored, Lyle Taylor came within a whisker of nodding in Joe Aribo’s cross.

If Charlton approach Friday’s game as one they need to win, there is no reason why they can not‎ increase their advantage.

Some fans were understandably concerned when Donny scored, but before kick-off, everyone would have settled for a one goal lead to take back to The Valley.

The Valley will be rocking on Friday, it will be a throwback to the old days. For sure it will be tense, but the Addicks are formidable foes on their own turf.

That late goal may even have made them more aware of the need to concentrate. Rovers will – at some stage – have to throw caution to the wind if they do not find a leveller.

Charlton have the players and quality to exploit the gaps when they appear.

Of course nothing should be taken for granted, and Doncaster must be treated with the utmost respect.

But on all known form, the Addicks are overwhelming favourites to get to Wembley.


 
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