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Immediate Reaction: Charlton Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

Back down to earth then after all the hoopla and pazazz of the new ginger Mourinho's appointment. One look at the stats of the game though show that all is not lost and we go forward with hope that we can drag ourselves out of our relegation spot dwelling

Clive Rose

Unsurprisingly, new Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon stuck with the same lads that gritted their way through the win at St Andrews and we started brightly by all accounts. Our vice-captain Matt Mills narrowly failed to add to his match winner on Saturday with another header from Jay Spearing's corner.

He would miss another presentable chance later too.

A pair of goals either side of half-time led us to think 'here we go again' but Dean Moxey's thunderbolt (yes, Dean Moxey) reduced the arrears and we bombarded Charlton to breaking point but their goal was never breached.

62% possession, 19 shots to 5 and 6 on target (not enough still) to Charlton's 2. A mammoth 14 corners to The Addicks one rounds off a bunch of stats that leaves you shouting at your phone 'HOW HAVE WE LOST!!!'

I realise statistics mean nothing when you lose but when would a Freedman team have ever put together those sort of figures? In an away game at a team beaten only once this season in the league on Saturday?

When hell would have frozen over, that's when.

So on we go with pride restored, fight restored and a defeat not feeling like the inevitable outcome of a football match but rather a surprise that we haven't managed to grab a positive result.

Now we need to put Brentford to the sword.

Strikers, show yourselves!!