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Valley Victory For Rovers

22 August 2013

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A week on the road is rounded off for Rovers with a trip to the Capital this weekend and the destination is The Valley.

After having going unbeaten in their pre season preparations, Charlton Athletic have had a relatively poor start to their Championship campaign with just one point on the board so far, that came on the opening day at Barnsley.


The two teams have rarely met over the course of the history of both clubs but the last visit that Rovers made to the home of Charlton was a happy one for the visitors but it brought home the stark reality of relegation for the hosts back in the 08/09 season.


 Starting the game ten points adrift of safety Charlton were looking to stem a poor run which had seen them take just two victories in 24 games prior to the visit of Rovers who by contrast were in fine form as they had only lost one in 11 previous games.


In the early exchanges Charlton had the upper hand, buoyed by the backing of almost 20,000 supporters but they couldn’t get the ball past Neil Sullivan and into the goal. They finally did get past Rovers’ ‘keeper but the woodwork was to deny Tom Soares’ header which crashed against the crossbar.


Rovers struggled to get forward with the home side pressing on but it proved how resolute they had become under pressure before taking control of the game in the latter half of the first 45 minutes as the home supporters frustrations grew.


 Early in the second half Rovers were to get the breakthrough and it was deserved and it came in fine style as Richie Wellens’ neat back heel released James Coppinger who dispatched the ball home just inside the far post.


Charlton however found new resolve and were to get back on level terms with just under 20 minutes to go as Nicky Bailey smashed home a wonderful volley from outside the box. However the hero was to turn villain five minutes later.


Wellens burst into the area only to find his run halted by Bailey and referee, Rob Styles, was given no choice but to award the visitors a penalty despite the protests of the home players.


 Brian Stock rolled the ball into the goal past a helpless Rob Elliot from 12 yards to seal a tremendous win for Rovers which pushed them up into 14thplace in the Championship, some nine points above the relegation places with eleven games to go.


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