Savers and strikers
Savers and strikers

The Charlton fans seated behind the goal, had a birds-eye view of Dillon Phillips’‎ wonder save at Bristol on Saturday.

High winds are the worst possible conditions for footballers, particularly keepers, but Phillips turned in a near faultless performance.

Rovers were awarded a free-kick just outside the penalty box. In-form striker, Jonson Clarke-Harris, arrowed a shot through the wall towards the bottom corner of the net.

Phillips flung himself to his left and somehow clawed the ball out from behind him.

The academy product started the season in the team, but lost his place – harshly in the eyes of many – to Aston‎ Villa loanee, Jed Steer.

He reclaimed his place when Steer was recalled‎ by Villa in January, and has resisted the challenge of Chris Maxwell.

Phillips has always been a good shot-stopper but distribution – a key part of the modern game – has been his weak point.

Lee Bowyer had this to say‎ about Phillips’ point saving stop:

“He made a brilliant save against Bristol, but that’s what he’s paid to do.

“Dillon has been great since he’s come back in, and I think he’s improved immensely.

“Andy Marshall (goalkeeping coach) has to take credit. If you look at the goalie at the start of the season, and now, he’s done brilliantly.”
‎Phillips added:

“I saw it late, ‎it either went through the wall or over the wall – I can’t really remember – and luckily enough it held up in the pitch and I clawed it from behind me.”

‎It was announced on Monday that Lewis Page’s strike at The Valley against Plymouth last March, was one of the ten nominees for the EFL goal of the year.
As the ball was cleared, Page chested it down, then unleashed a thunderbolt that flew into the net.
Long term injury victim Page, is struggling to play again before the end of the season.
Josh Parker became the sixth player to be called up for international duty. He will be involved in Antigua and Barbuda’s game with Curacao this weekend.