Mark reflects on Charlton victory
Mark Robins paid tribute to Joel Lynch’s match winning strike against Charlton describing it as the difference between the sides.
The defender’s 35 yard shot flew into the net to give Town a two goal lead before Cameron Stewart pulled a goal back for the visitors.
“It was a very even game; only Joel’s (Lynch) wonder goal could separate the teams,” said Mark.
“I thought we were OK at times, but a little bit pedestrian at times also,” he continued. “We controlled the game for large parts, but it was a little bit slow; the crowd needs to stick by them.
“Charlton are a decent side. I watched their game against Watford on Saturday and they played very well; they were good value for their point. But I thought we were worthy winners tonight.”
Joel’s strike is his second of the season and an early contender for goal of the season.
“It was outstanding – even I got out of my seat and had a smile on my face!” said Mark. “It was a fitting goal to win the game. James Vaughan got his head on the end of a good move right on half time, which was good for us to come in with. It was the first time in the game that we upped the tempo and as a result we got the ball out to Adam Hammill who found Vaughany."
Mark also paid mention to the efforts of Sean Scannell and Jon Stead who both started after their promising substitute displays against Doncaster.
“I thought Jon Stead linked up well with James and when Sean Scannell was on he stretched the play and made things happen for us with his runs in behind their defenders.
“We were at home and rather than employ another midfield player I wanted to select someone attack minded. I think it worked at times and it didn’t at others, but it was all new to Sean.”
Robins also gave a debut to Jazz Richards whose international clearance came through just hours before kick-off.
“He is everything that we saw tonight,” said Mark. “He is positive and an enthusiastic lad and he was raring to go. He had a smile on his face when I walked in tonight, which was good, because he has been moping around the place the last few days.”