Charlton AthleticMK Dons 1-1 Charlton

Sep 28, 2011 | By: Rich | Comments (427)

The first of two away games this week took place at StadiumMK, in the spiritual home of the roundabout, Milton Keynes.

This was the first league game of the year, and the first away game ever, sat next to my Dad. I think it took him a bit of time to get used to the extra noise, but towards the end of the game as things heated up he began to get carried away just like everyone else.

The ground is a typical new-build stadium in the middle of nowhere, although the car park at the stadium was gratefully received by my chauffeur (aforementioned father). The whole place feels unfinished. Mainly because it is unfinished. That said, it still feels better than the likes of Coventry's Ricoh. It was interesting being able to see the pitch from the concourse.

Onto the game. The first half was really all MK Dons. We didn't seem to turn up and had no response to Dons quick, slick passing. Hollands, poor bloke, had a bit of a nightmare first half, unable to get anything right. The rest of the team weren't much better. Solly gave a penalty away which was confidently dispatched, at which point it was difficult to see how we would get anything from the game. We were lucky really to get to half time at only 1-0 down.

Second half started similarly, although we seemed to be a little further up the pitch. Dons took off Balanta and Morrison which seemed to give us more time on the ball. Suddenly we were the ones looking to get a foot on the ball and pass it about. Powell made a couple of inspired substitutions bringing on Green and Kermorgant, who linked up to score a lovely goal. Green produced a lovely flick past his man and a great cross. Kermorgant got across his man and powered a header in off the post and possibly the goalkeeper as well.

After that, both sides had good opportunities to grab the three points, with Jackson missing a great headed chance. In the end it seemed both sides were happy to take a point.

A few encouraging performances from Green, Kermit and the back 5, and another example of this team's grit and determination to dig in to get a point without necessarily playing at our best.

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