Half time: Charlton 1-1 Sunderland
Peep peep! That was an emotional 45 minutes. Dillon Phillips’ gruesome error gave Sunderland an early lead, and for 20 minutes Charlton weren’t at the races. They came into the match after that, however, and few would begrudge them Ben Purrington’s excellent equaliser. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.
45 min The free-kick is on the right edge of the area. Morgan will take it … and he thwacks it over the bar with his left foot.
44 min Sunderland have had more of the ball since the equaliser. Honeyman is fouled just outside the area by Sarr, who is booked.
41 min Leadbitter’s deep corner is punched away by Phillips, who has recovered well from that hideous early mistake.
40 min Oviedo slips Taylor on the left, cuts into the area and hammers a low cross that is headed behind for a corner by Bielik.
38 min Kevin De Bruyne would have been proud of that cross from Lyle Taylor for the equaliser.
36 min “Re the match – fun fact: Charlton Athletic were so named to differentiate themselves from the near neighbours Charlton Lethargic,” says Bill Hargreaves. “I mentioned this to Michael Caine last night and he told me not a lot of people knew this.”
That really was a fine team goal. Aribo, just outside the area on the right, played a short forward pass to Dijksteel. He flicked the ball behind him to Taylor, who guided a devastating low cross into the space between goalkeeper and defenders. It ran beyond the far post to Purrington, who sidefooted it into an open net from three yards.
GOAL! Charlton 1-1 Sunderland (Purrington 35)
They won’t be getting a clean sheet – Charlton have equalised with a lovely goal!
34 min Charlton have dominated the game in the last 10 minutes, albeit without creating much. Sunderland, as Don Goodman notes on Sky, have gone into clean-sheet mode.
32 min Taylor tries to turn Oviedo, who recovers to concede a corner. Cullen overhits it and it drifts away for a Sunderland throw-in.
29 min “Afternoon Rob,” says Simon McMahon. “Today’s also the play-off final second leg between Dundee United and St. Mirren to see who plays in the Scottish Premiership next season. Still 0-0 in Paisley after a goalless draw at Tannadice on Thursday. Everybody stay calm. Stay calm. Stay [email protected]*#ING calm.”
27 min: Chance for Taylor! A long ball forward from Purrington cleared Parker on the edge of the D and came to Taylor on the right side of the area. He waited for it to drop and cut across a fierce, swirling shot that beat McLaughlin and flashed a couple of yards over the crossbar. That was almost a spectacular equaliser.
27 min “Perhaps Charlton’s best bet is to make fake news work for them and believe that that own goal did not happen,” says Ian Copestake.
Yes, and if it ends 1-0 they should brazen it out and get in position for extra-time.
26 min Charlton are having their best spell by some distance. Taylor looks dangerous, especially when he pulls to the right wing.
24 min Taylor wins a corner for Charlton. Cullen clips it towards the penalty spot, from where Bauer heads tamely wide. That was half a chance.
23 min This is a much more even game now. I wonder if Sunderland might come to regret not putting Charlton away in those 10 minutes after the goal.
22 min “Mind when ITV were late to a game, the replay system was screwed and Nico Claesen scored the first goal in a London derby while they were still talking us through the teams?” asks Daniel Harris.
I don’t mind, although that might have been before my football-watching time. Does anyone remember BBC going to a flight simulator in the middle of a Mark Bright ramble, possibly in an FA Cup match around 2007? Or did I imagine that.
21 min Charlton try a training ground free-kick, with a couple of dummies and a flat cross to the far post, but Bielik is rightly flagged offside.
20 min Charlton have started to stir. The classy Aribo slips Cattermole 25 yards from goal and is fouled. It’s a fair way to the right of centre.
17 min “Can we all appreciate from that video how perfect every one of Mendonca’s touches was?” says Elliot Carr-Barnsley.
It was such an accomplished hat-trick, almost as good as Dirk Kuyt’s against Man Utd in 2011.
16 min Charlton started quite well but their morale has been flattened by that goal. Pratley takes out his frustration on O’Nien and is lucky not to be booked.
14 min “Afternoon Rob,” says David Crowther. “I love your work. But why isn’t Barry Glendinning doing the MBM of this game? Or perhaps more pertinently, why isn’t he doing an MBM of your MBM of this game? You’re welcome.”
I’d imagine he’s at the game, or in the drinker. An MBM from the drinker would be fun.
11 min Charlton are all over the place. A loose ball comes to Leadbitter, whose swerving low shot from 20 yards is beautifully pushed round the post by Phillips, diving low to his left. He’ll feel slightly less miserable after that.
10 min “Hi Rob,” says Matt Burtz. “When I was a young baseball fan growing up in the US of A, there was a pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds named Norm Charlton. He was a member of the so-called “Nasty Boys” bullpen who helped the Reds win their most recent World Series in 1990. Until I started following the beautiful game he was the only person or entity I associated with the word Charlton. I’m an Everton fan now and Ademola Lookman came from Charlton. However, Jordan Pickford came from Sunderland, and the Black Cats also have Everton flame-out Aiden McGeady, he of one league goal for the Toffees (at Leicester in their first game following promotion). So I need assistance in determining who to root for!”
I just want football to be the winner.
9 min Max Power can’t continue after that early injury – he is replaced by Lewis Morgan.
8 min I don’t think Sarr’s backpass took a bobble; it looked like a simple loss of concentration from Phillips. Sky Sports were still showing a replay when they suddenly cut to a live shot of the ball dribbling over the line.
7 min Charlton look stunned, not surprisingly, and Sunderland appeal unsuccessfully for a penalty when Wyke’s snapshot hits the outstretched arm of Bauer in the area. He was very close to Wyke, which is probably why he got away with it.
Sarr played a routine backpass to the keeper Phillips, whose attempt to control it went so badly that it rolled past him and straight into the net. I cannot believe that.
GOAL! Charlton 0-1 Sunderland (Sarr og 5)
Sunderland take the lead with a farcical goal!
3 min Power is receiving treatment after being flattened on the halfway line by Sarr. It looks like he’s okay.
2 min “One of the joys of the original Charlton v Sunderland play-off game is watching Clive Mendonca’s reaction to scoring against the team he had supported as a boy,” says Ian Burch. “None of that feigned, regretful look for him, but then again who wouldn’t run the length of Wembley after scoring a hat trick. Not long after he was forced to retire from the game I saw him and his family at Charing Cross station, all of them including Clive were wearing Sunderland shirts. Bless him.”
There’s a sensational atmosphere at Wembley. The players on both sides look surprisingly relaxed as they emerge from the tunnel.
To the wise, a word If you haven’t seen this, you really should. It gives football documentaries a good name.
‘Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation’, unless you love sport
An email! “Emotional day,” says Martin Maloney, and the match hasn’t even started yet. “I’m a Northampton Town man through thick and thin, mainly thin. My other half Jenny is a Mackem, but being of the less confident type, she’d never been to see them. She’s come to a couple of Cobblers games this year and then went to watch them at Cov on her own. I would normally play baseball for Northants today, but couldn’t miss this with her. Luckily we could rearrange the game as both teams were short. Loved every minute of the day so far…. come on the Mackems.”
Darren Pratley replaces the talented teenager Albie Morgan in Charlton’s midfield; Morgan isn’t even on the bench. Sunderland are unchanged from the team that drew 0-0 at Portsmouth in the semi-final second leg, but they do have Aiden McGeady back on the bench.
Charlton Athletic (3-4-1-2) Phillips; Bielik, Bauer, Sarr; Dijksteel, Cullen, Pratley, Purrington; Aribo; Taylor, Parker.
Substitutes: Maxwell, Solly, Pearce, Lapslie, Forster-Caskey, Reeves, Williams.
Sunderland (4-3-3) McLaughlin; O’Nien, Ozturk, Flanagan, Oviedo; Cattermole, Power, Leadbitter; Honeyman, Wyke, Maguire.
Substitutes: Stryjek, Dunne, Matthews, McGeady, Morgan, Gooch, Grigg.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the League One play-off final between Charlton and Sunderland. All play-off finals are huge – like, duh – yet this feels even bigger than normal. That’s mainly down to the size of both clubs, Sunderland in particular, but also because of that astounding final 21 years ago. Indeed, Charlton and Sunderland will become the first teams to meet in the play-off final of two different divisions.
Since you asked, I’ve no idea who’s going to win. You’re welcome! Charlton were in brilliant form at the back end of the league season, but then staggered past Doncaster in a nerve-mangling semi-final. Sunderland finished the regular season poorly but had a good win over Portsmouth in the semis. They’ve been to Wembley already this season, when they lost to Portsmouth on penalties in the Football League trophy final. They have some big names, including Lee Cattermole and perhaps Aiden McGeady, who has travelled with the squad and could return from injury.
Charlton’s star is the Montserrat forward Lyle Taylor, who chose them ahead of Sunderland when he left AFC Wimbledon last summer. Depending on which stats dealer you use, he’s scored 21 or 22 league goals this season. No, I’m not sure, I assume there was a deflected goal that some have put down as an own-goal. No, I haven’t trawled through every goal Chalrton have scored this season in an attempt to clear it up. No, I’m n-LOOK, THE MAN HAS SCORED OVER 20 GOALS THIS SEASON. IS THAT NOT ENOUGH FOR YOU, YEAH?
Kick off at 3pm.