Yaya’s Hat-Trick

Congratulations to Yaya Sanogo whose hat-trick against Reading was Charlton’s fist hat-trick in 21 months.  These three goals put Sanogo joint 4th in Charlton’s top scorers list for the season.

It is actually Charlton’s third hat-trick under the Duchâtelet regime.  All three have been with José Riga in charge of the team struggling at the bottom of the table:

  • 21st April 2014 Sheffield Wednesday 2 Charlton 3 Marvin Sordell 10, 43, 63
  • 3rd May 2014  Blackpool 0 Charlton 3 Callum Harriott 61, 82, 90
  • 27th February 2016 Charlton 3 Reading 4 Yaya Sanogo 7, 49, 84

Despite Charlton’s poor scoring record since Duchâtelet took over, it is perhaps surprising that the club is joint top in terms of hat-tricks per club in the Championship within that timescale.  Here is the list:

Birmingham City 3
Blackburn Rovers 3
Bournemouth 3
Charlton Athletic 3
Reading 3
Derby County 2
Fulham 2
Watford 2
Bolton Wanderers 1
Brentford 1
Burnley 1
Huddersfield Town 1
Hull City 1
Ipswich Town 1
Leeds United 1
Middlesbrough 1
Millwall 1
Norwich City 1
Nottingham Forest 1

Former Reading player Adam le Fondre is the only player to have scored two Championship hat-tricks in that time.  Current Reading Striker Yann Kermorgant is the only former Charlton Player to have scored a Championship hat-trick in that timescale; and he very nearly added a second one against Charlton on Saturday.


Seeing Double

Saturday’s victory over Reading gave Charlton their second league double of the season; the first coming against Wigan. The only other chance of a double this season is against Bolton. Whether that is achieved or not, it is still a big improvement on last season when there were no league doubles. So far, our best since gaining promotion to The Championship is three in 2012/13 (Leicester, Blackpool, Bristol City). The promotion season itself saw the club equal its all time record of nine league doubles, notching up eighteen wins against Bournemouth, Brentford, Carlisle, Chesterfield, Exeter, Hartlepool, Sheffield Utd, Wycombe and Yeovil.

Congratulations to Yoni Buyens who scored his first Brace for Charlton on Saturday. The second of which was also his first from open play – the rest all having come from the penalty spot. Buyens has now scored against: Colchester in the Cup, Derby, Watford, Blackpool, Cardiff, Blackburn and two against Reading. The Cardiff goal was the only one scored away from home.

Will done to Simon Church who for the first time in his Charlton career has scored in two consecutive matches: Scoring with a 61st minute strike against Blackpool on Tuesday and putting away what turned out to be the winning goal against Reading on Saturday. Simon has once scored twice in a match for the Addicks in a 4-0 victory against Oxford in the League Cup.


A timeline showing the main events of Roland Duchâtelet’s first 13 months of Charlton ownership

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Duchatelet Timeline

Charlton’s Diminishing Goals

So far this season Charlton have played 22 matches and scored 23 goals.  The goals to games ratio, 1.05, is not impressive. Indeed it is joint 17th in the division – on a par with Bolton and Millwall.  Best is Bournemouth with 2.27 goals per game.  Worst is Sheffield Wednesday with 0.73 goals per game.

What is most disturbing for Charlton fans though is the way that the goals have tailed off.  Only Igor Vetokele has hit the net with any regularity this season.  However he hasn’t scored in over a month now and no-one else has taken over goalscoring duties.  In the time since Igor last got a goal, against Reading on 8th November, only Harriott, Buyens and Cousins have scored, and they’ve only managed one each.  The chart below shows how the goals have dried up.

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Charlton did start the season very well and boasted the longest unbeaten record in the division.  Those early successes were largely built on being very tight defensively.  Despite being in the play-off positions early on, Charlton never really dominated their opponents and victories were all by a slim margin.  This meant that it has only taken a small decrease in the number of goals scored to seriously effect the number of points taken:

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It looks as though Charlton will need to do something soon to increase the number of goals scored if the season isn’t to peter-out completely.