While Bolton Wanderers were grinding out a result at Turf Moor on opening day, another Trotters striker was struggling to make the breakthrough down south. Marvin Sordell, who sealed a one-year loan with Charlton Athletic earlier in the week, was handed a start by manager Chris Powell at the first opportunity. The Addicks opened their season with an away trip to Dean Court to face Bournemouth.
Sordell lined up at the front of the pack, partnering Yann Kermorgant in what would ultimately be a loss for Charlton thanks to a pair of goals from Lewis Grabban, coming on 26 and 66 minutes. Kermorgant scored Charlton's lone goal in a 2-1 loss away for the Addicks. A red card for Charlton on 83 minutes saw Bradley Pritchard sent off after a late challenge on Ryan Fraser. With Pritchard went Charlton's hopes for a comeback.
Marvin Sordell had what was a very Marvin Sordell type day. He tried to create chances and test the goalkeeper, but was unable to find the breakthrough in a Charlton shirt. The opportunities for Sordell were relatively few and far between with the one real effort of note coming early on in the match Sordell managed to get his head on a corner that came in from Mark Gower but was unable to much with it, heading over the bar.
Manager Chris Powell wasn't worried about Sordell's performance on the day, holding fast that the goals would come and perhaps that the deal should be been completed earlier in the summer. Speaking to Charlton's website, Powell said:
"He's had a long week. It was a real surprise to him with regards to the move; it happened in under 24 hours, to be honest.
"He had to go up to Manchester and back and it's been quite a whirlwind for him. He's getting used to everyone's names and I'm sure we will soon see a player who will score goals for us."
Charlton will return home for a cup match against Oxford United on Tuesday before welcoming Middlesbrough at the weekend.