Yann Kermorgant turning towards The Jimmy Seed Stand with his index finger raised over his lips, flanked by Dale Stephens and Bradley Wright-Phillips. Yann Kermorgant pumped in celebration after the final whistle. Two iconic images that will be seen again and again and again. They epitomise what was one of those glorious nights every Charlton fan hoped this season would bring. A goal out of nothing for last season’s top Scorer Wright-Phillips and the goal that had to be from Kermorgant, although they had to fight for it thanks to Andy King’s goal and a late serge from Leicester, gave The Addicks their first three points of the season.
It was the first half display that won the game for the home side, but Leicester started well. Jamie Vardy looked quick and strong up top for The Foxes and was assisted on the flanks by the quick and skillful Lloyd Dyer and Ben Marshall. They failed to create any genuine chances though, and were limited to tame shots easily saved by Ben Hamer. The Addicks started to take control down the right hand side though, with Chris Solly and Bradley Pritchard looking lively. It was Pritchard who delivered the ball into the feet of Wright-Phillips, who turned his man and hit a long range effort into the bottom corner past the helpless Kasper Schmeichel.
The game remained somewhat end to end, but The Addicks had control in midfield and were creating the better chances. Much like Saturday, set pieces were being used to great effect with Leon Cort header being saved from a Jackson corner. It was a set piece of sorts that brought about goal number two for The Addicks. A long throw from Danny Hollands skimmed the top of Cort’s head and fell perfectly to Kermorgant, who rifled home on the volley and preceded to run down to the half way line, giving the Leicester fans his silencing answer to their abuse. It was a moment that will certainly live long in the memory and no less than the big Frenchman deserved. He almost added to his tally towards the end of the half, having another volley saved after wonderful play out wide by Rhoys Wiggins. Paul Konchesky’s cross-come-shot was almost met by the stretching foot of Vardy just before the half time whistle, but The Addicks had done more than enough to deserve their two goal cushion going into the break.
New signing Ricardo Fuller was unveiled during the interval, a signing that was already known by many but still raised the positivity about the place even further. This was sent down a notch just five minutes into the second half however, as substitute King got on the end of Marshall’s ball and tapped in and the near post to make it 2-1. Normally in such a situation, Chris Powell’s team have a tendency to sit back, but despite 40 minutes of onslaught, they tried to get forward and create chances of their own, which was a delight to see. Leicester created chance after chance, substitutes Nugent and Knockaert especially, with Vardy and Dyer causing problems, but Wright-Phillips fired just wide and played in Stephens moments later only for Schmeichel to beat him the ball. Although The Addicks were creating less chances, their’s were arguably closer. That was until with less than 10 minutes to go, Dyer broke through and got one on one with Hamer. What looked like a certain goal ended in, somehow, a shot straight at Hamer’s feet. Leicester kept coming though, and whilst in four minutes of injury time Knockaert went on a winding run only to lose his footing at the crucial moment and Vardy hit a free header straight at Hamer. Somehow, The Addicks held on.
It really was an unbelievable display and the atmosphere was electric come the final whistle, summed up by Kermorgant’s double fist pump. The man loves this club and I’m so glad to have him, he showed what Leicester were missing last night.