Charlton Athletic demolished Sunderland’s hopes of making their way back into the Championship as the Addicks got over the line in the final minute of the League One Playoff final. Patrick Bauer scored the goal that broke the hearts of the Sunderland supporters as they will have to wait for another season to avail a chance of competing in the Championship.
The Black Cats took an early lead as Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr found the back of the net on the wrong end of the pitch in the 5th minute of the match. Lee Bowyer’s side kept pushing for the equaliser and finally got it in the 35th minute via Ben Purrington’s strike. The second half saw both the teams vying for the winning goal as the match looked destined for extra time. However, Bauer made sure that the Addicks were back in the Championship with apparently the last kick of the game as his effort went into the net after being deflected off Tom Flanagan.
Here is how the Charlton Athletic players were rated from their win against Sunderland.
Dillon Phillips: 6.5
Made sure nothing went past him after the unfortunate early goal. Saved a couple of shots on target with precision.
Krystian Bielik: 7
The on-loan Arsenal man had a good outing as he kept making tackles and interceptions to get the better of the opposition attackers. His composure was outstanding in the second half, especially.
Patrick Bauer: 8
Did not let the early set back affect him as he kept breathing on the shoulders of the Sunderland attackers throughout the match. Scored the all-important winning goal to get his side back into the Championship.
Mouhamadou-Naby Sarr: 5
Scored an unfortunate own goal in the first half, which affected his display for the rest of the first half. Was substituted at the start of the second half.
Anfernee Dijksteel: 6
Could not get the ball up the pitch much as he had to sit back and defend for most of the time. His defensive approach, however, looked decent.
Darren Pratley: 6
Looked to get the ball up the pitch but lacked accuracy in his passing. Vied well for the ball against the likes of Cattermole and Leadbitter. Was substituted in the second half.
Josh Cullen: 7
Sat back deep in the midfield and made sure to break down the opposition attacks with his pinpoint interceptions. Played the role of a defensive midfielder to perfection.
Joe Aribo: 6.5
His physicality helped him get the better of his opponents in the midfield. Retained a good amount of ball possession.
Ben Purrington: 7
Kept getting into the opposition box throughout the match. Picked up an opportunistic goal to bring his side back into the game.
Lyle Taylor: 6
Could not threaten the opposition with his shots in the first half. Looked a little more agile in the second half but could not get a goal.
Josh Parker: 6.5
Posed a constant threat on the opposition goal throughout the match. Could not get his name on the scoresheet though.
Jason Pearce: 6
Did well after he was brought on for Sarr at the start of the second half.
Jonny Williams: NA
Played too little to warrant a rating.
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