Having survived the club’s attempts to cull any sort of awards ceremony, the annual Chris Powell’s Flat Cap End of Season Awards enters its fifth year. Much to the delight of someone, somewhere, probably.
Probably to the delight of those in contention for The Danny Haynes Goal of the Season, The Johann Berg Gudmundsson Signing of the Season, and The Astrit Ajdarevic Social Media Award. Maybe less so for those up for The Bradley Pritchard Miss of the Season, The Christophe Lepoint Signing of the Season, and The Roland Duchatelet Decision Making Award.
Winners, and losers, over the course of 24 and a bit categories across three posts. The positive moments from this campaign salvaged, and the horrors of this season remembered with something that resembles a sense of humour.
And this possibly the last year where much of the focus will be on Duchatelet’s reign. What is hopefully the approaching sale of the club a moment that would eclipse any other positive event throughout this campaign. Until then, let’s celebrate extraordinary goals, hilarious statements, and committed protests.
The Danny Haynes Goal of the Season
A name change to The Ricky Holmes Goal of the Season is on the horizon. The award for the most visually pleasing strike of the season.
- Ricky Holmes (1st) V Shrewsbury Town (16/08/2016)
- Ricky Holmes (2nd) V Shrewsbury Town (16/08/2016)
- Ademola Lookman V AFC Wimbledon (17/09/2016)
- Josh Magennis V Coventry City (15/10/2016)
- Josh Magennis V Bristol Rovers (02/01/2017)
- Ricky Holmes V AFC Wimbledon (11/02/2017)
- Ricky Holmes (1st) V Shrewsbury Town (28/02/2017)
- Ricky Holmes (2nd) V Shrewsbury Town (28/02/2017)
- Ricky Holmes V Sheffield United (18/03/2017)
- Ricky Holmes V Gillingham (17/04/2017)
- Jake Forster-Caskey V Chesterfield (22/04/2017)
Winner: Ricky Holmes (1st) V Shrewsbury Town (16/08/2016)
It probably had to be a Holmes goal against Shrewsbury, and this one is not only a wonderful finish but also inspired a 3-0 victory.
The Johnnie Jackson Goal of the Season
Goals that might not be so aesthetically pleasing, but have their value elsewhere.
- Johnnie Jackson V Northampton Town (13/08/2016)
There no better way to ignite a season than with a Johnnie Jackson knee slide in front of the Covered End.
The mood of dissent growing as Charlton, following an opening day defeat to Bury and a League Cup loss at Cheltenham Town, went in at half-time a goal down to Northampton Town in their first home game of the season.
But Jackson’s equaliser, though only ultimately rescuing a point for Russell Slade’s side, brought about some much needed belief. A platform for the successive wins over Shrewsbury Town and Walsall that would follow.
- Ademola Lookman V Bolton Wanderers (27/08/2016)
At the time, this felt like a more important goal than it would ultimately prove to be. A late equaliser against a team who, in theory, were going to be challenging with Charlton for an automatic promotion place.
Ultimately, it failed to dent Bolton’s promotion push, and did little to encourage the Addicks mounting one, but Lookman’s 90th minute equaliser still provided a moment of joy in SE7. A clinical finish from the edge of the box, cancelling out Gary Madine’s effort at the start of the second half.
- Lee Novak V Chesterfield (29/10/2016)
Charlton were by far the dominant side against Chesterfield at The Valley in October, but appeared to be heading towards another hugely disappointing draw. No one in red able to apply a finishing touch at the conclusion of these periods of pressure.
Or at least that was the case until Lee Novak converted Holmes’ cross with four minutes to play, giving the Addicks the victory their efforts warranted. Relief-filled celebrations around SE7.
An important goal for Novak, too, who cupped his ear towards a Covered End that had been less than supportive of the summer signing since his arrival. The forward, however, unable to build on that match-winning header. A staggering 21 games without a goal following.
- Patrick Bauer V Sheffield United (26/11/2016)
After the excellent performances in victory over Port Vale and Bristol Rovers, Charlton failed to deliver against Sheffield United in Kevin Nugent’s final game in temporary charge. The Addicks poor, and the Blades should have been ahead by more than one as the game entered stoppage-time.
But Patrick Bauer’s scrappy equaliser, though undeserved, suggested a new fighting quality had been instilled upon the Addicks. Ultimately not the case, but that taking nothing away from the late leveller against Chris Wilder’s side.
- Andrew Crofts V Southend United (31/12/2016)
The Addicks had worked so incredibly hard in the second half of their New Year’s Eve fixture with Southend, but it looked to be for no reward. Simon Cox’s first-half goal still the difference despite Joe Aribo dictating and Charlton being in complete control.
But the minimum their efforts warranted would arrive with a minute to play, as Andrew Crofts, equally as impressive as Aribo in the centre of midfield throughout the second period, volleyed home from close range. Rather enjoyable celebrations in Roots Hall’s compact away end following.
- Johnnie Jackson V Scunthorpe United (07/03/2017)
Eight games without a victory. Attention no longer on fighting for the play-offs, but avoiding being dragged into a relegation battle. Johnnie Jackson handed his first start away from left-back since Boxing Day.
There was only going to be one outcome, wasn’t there? The skipper volleying the Addicks in front from a first-half corner, and celebrating with a trademark knee slide. Not the winning goal on that night, but the scorer and the circumstances meant it was the goal that grabbed most of the attention.
- Tony Watt v Scunthorpe United (07/03/2017)
Not only was Tony Watt’s last-minute penalty against the Iron a match-winning strike and his first goal for Charlton since August 2015, it brought to an end to that run of eight games without victory. A goal that filled a half-empty Valley with copious amounts of relief.
The Jackson goal in the same game highly valued, but it would have been relatively meaningless had the Scot not stepped up and coolly converted from the spot after Jorge Teixeira was dragged down.
Winner: Johnnie Jackson V Scunthorpe United
Yeah, yeah I know, Watt scored the winner. But it’s Johnnie Jackson. And a Jackson goal that inspires a first victory in nine is rather fun.
The Bradley Pritchard Miss of the Season
The award for the worst miss of the season. And given how wasteful the Addicks have been throughout the campaign, there’s plenty of contenders.
- Nicky Ajose a lot
Signed on the basis of his ability as a poacher, but unable to finish when one-on-one. Ajose’s wastefulness in front of goal became an increasing frustration.
- Johnnie Jackson V Rochdale (01/10/2016)
Jackson’s penalty record is…let’s say indifferent. But having converted from the spot against Oxford United the previous week, there were no concerns with him stepping up again after Ricky Holmes was brought down inside the box by Rochdale’s Joe Bunney at the start of the second period.
Alas, Jackson’s effort was a tame one, and comfortably saved by Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis, who also reacted to keep out Josh Magennis’ follow up. Lillis’ save preserving Dale’s advantage, and would ultimately be enough for them to secure victory.
- Ricky Holmes V Gillingham (22/10/2016)
Another penalty, another taker, another miss. Charlton’s record from the spot during this campaign not exactly impressive.
The Addicks a goal down at Priestfield when Fredrik Ulvestad was bundled to the ground by Ryan Jackson following a Charlton corner. A spot-kick awarded, but Holmes’ effort weak. A comfortable save for Stuart Nelson, diving to his right.
Thankfully for the Addicks, a Chris Heard handball in stoppage-time gave them another chance from the spot, and this one wasn’t wasted. Nicky Ajose sending Nelson the wrong way and rescuing a point.
- Lee Novak x2 V AFC Wimbledon (11/02/2017)
Despite leading from the eighth minute, Charlton were never in complete control at Kingsmeadow in February. Their performance far from fluent.
They did, however, have two very big opportunities to kill the game either side of half-time. Both falling to Lee Novak.
The forward curling wide when played through on goal in the first-half, before somehow failing to score from barely six yards out after Ricky Holmes’ deflected shot fell straight to him.
And with those chances not being taken, Tom Elliott’s stoppage-time strike meant the Addicks dropped two points. A stoppage-time equaliser conceded for the second successive week, after the draw with Fleetwood Town seven days previously.
- Josh Magennis V Oldham Athletic (14/02/2017)
A dire, dire Charlton performance at Oldham on Valentine’s Day that deserved no love, but it could have been so different for the Addicks.
For Josh Magennis was sent through on goal within the game’s first minute. Plenty of time to pick his spot and finish, but instead firing over the bar with only Connor Ripley in Oldham’s goal to beat. A huge miss.
And a miss that foreshadowed the remainder of the game. The Addicks creating chances after Ollie Banks, just four minutes after Magennis’ miss, had given the hosts the lead, but lacking any sort of potency. Their wastefulness meaning defeat was ultimately their own doing.
- Lee Novak V Shrewsbury Town (28/02/2017)
Two weeks later, and Novak managed a fine impression of his forward partner. Played through on goal in the opening minute of an away game and wasting the opportunity, with defeat following.
Novak at least testing the goalkeeper with his chance, with Jason Leutwiler forced to make a save, but it just as poor a miss as Magennis’. Driving through on goal, plenty of time to pick his spot, but his effort tame. That his strike was on-target not diverting from the fact it was an opportunity that had to be taken.
- Lee Novak and Tony Watt V Bradford City (14/03/2017)
Charlton’s second-half performance against Bradford at The Valley is a contender for the best 45-minute effort of the campaign. With some composure in front of goal, it would have certainly been the best 45-minute effort.
Novak somehow turning Holmes’ low delivery over the crossbar from basically underneath it, and Watt volleying horrendously off-target from a glorious position after the ball deflected into his path.
A victory that the efforts of Robinson’s men warranted not claimed, because Charlton’s forwards simply couldn’t finish when gifted the simplest of chances.
- Ezri Konsa V Sheffield United (18/03/2017)
Losing at Sheffield United was no embarrassment, but it was certainly a frustration. Partly because the Addicks were so impressive in the period before and after Holmes had given them the lead, and partly because chances were wasted while they trailed.
Ezri Konsa particularly guilty, somehow failing to poke home after the Addicks had fallen behind. Fredrik Ulvestad flicking on Jake Forster-Caskey’s delivery, the ball falling to the teenager on the edge of the six-yard box, but Konsa unable to make proper contact and goalkeeper Simon Moore pouncing.
- Lee Novak V Peterborough United (01/04/2017)
Pritch might well have better qualities in front of goal than poor old Novak. Another horrendous miss, in a horrendous season, in what might well have been his worst performance of the lot.
The forward played through on goal, the easiest of first-time finishes into either bottom corner on offer, but instead a touch was taken and his shot ultimately blocked. Dreadful, dreadful decision making, and followed by a capitulation from his side that allowed Peterborough victory.
- Jake Forster-Caskey V Chesterfield (22/04/2017)
A third missed penalty of the season, though this one genuinely provided a degree of hilarity.
With Chesterfield chasing a late equaliser, and as such a dramatic turnaround after the Addicks had led by two goals for much of the second half at the Proact, the award of a penalty for Charlton had seemingly secured all three points.
The visiting supporters chanted for Johnnie Jackson to take, Ricky Holmes seemingly felt like it was his, but Forster-Caskey had the ball in his hands. Forster-Caskey placed the ball on the spot. Forster-Caskey placed a tame penalty into a position for goalkeeper Thorsten Stootman to save.
The final whistle, thankfully, blowing straight after. A bit of a weird game, ending in very strange fashion.
Winner: Lee Novak and Tony Watt V Bradford
Quite remarkable misses that meant arguably Charlton’s best performance of the season didn’t end with victory.
The Christophe Lepoint Signing of the Season
The award for the most disappointing, misused, or simply the worst arrival during this campaign.
- Nicky Ajose
What do you expect when you sign a player who had scored 24 league goals in the previous season? Goals. What did Nicky Ajose provide? Frustration.
Ajose not a failure, but a huge disappointment. Goals at League One level, pace, and Josh Magennis as a partner should have given the Addicks a prolific forward. But not only was his overall play poor, far too many chances were wasted. Ultimately, there was little faith he would finish when in promising positions.
Goals scored since returning on loan to Swindon, though only five in 20 games, and maybe more faith should have been placed in Ajose. But his disappointing efforts in Charlton red did provide justification for the club’s decision to send him back to his former club. An exciting signing that hugely underwhelmed.
- Lee Novak
Signed not only on the back of a 14-goal season while on loan at Chesterfield, but with the knowledge that he’s a dependable performer at this level. Lee Novak, however, has provided neither goals, nor dependable performances.
The forward, snapped up following his release by Birmingham City, has admitted himself that this is the worst season he’s ever had. The occasional injury contributing to that, but more so his overall performances.
Despite being built in the mould of a target man, he’s struggled to win headers or hold up the ball, his effort has been questionable, and his finishing has been incredibly poor.
A moment where he held his ear out to the critical Charlton supporters after scoring against former loan club Chesterfield was supposed to kick-start his career as an Addick. Instead, it’s only got worse.
- Kevin Foley
The sort of signing that, with Charlton supporters promised a top-six budget and a top-six finish as a minimum, really shouldn’t have needed to be made. The 31-year-old Foley handed a six-month contract after spending a period in the summer on trial, and providing cover in a number of positions.
Competent enough at right-back, but particularly dreadful in the centre of midfield and on the wing. A cheap addition that added no quality to the squad, and was allowed to leave at the first opportunity.
- Jay Dasilva (bear with me)
Dasilva proved his qualities in the final few games of the season, but for long periods signing the left-back on loan from Chelsea didn’t seem worthwhile for him, for his parent club, or the Addicks.
Arriving with many offering high praise and seemingly possessing a strong reputation, the teenager was supposed to be an exciting addition to Charlton’s squad.
Instead, being subbed off after being subbed on during his debut against Milwall set the tone for what was seemingly a rather pointless loan spells. An unused sub 12 times, Robinson preferring to use Jackson at left-back rather than him, and no starts before April.
His efforts once getting a run in the side, however, were mightily impressive, and certainly confirm he’s not winning this award. That he’s up for it a result of the fact he was hidden away for so long, and as such the most was not made of his signing. It not a consequence of his talents.
- Lewis Page
There every chance that left-back Page will come good, and so including him in this shortlist isn’t to suggest his signing was a poor one. But the January addition from West Ham has endured a terrible start to life as an Addick.
His first two appearances lasting 28 and 11 minutes respectively. An injury against Millwall followed by a red card early on in the victory over Bolton Wanderers.
Then upon his return after suspension, a return that was constantly interrupted by niggling injuries, the left-back failed to deliver convincing performances. Promising going forward, but often appearing uncomfortable in defence.
And finally, an unfortunate fall during the game against Bradford City led to a torn hamstring and his season ending prematurely.
Only 20, so there’s plenty of time for him to develop, but it’s not been a great first four months in SE7 for Page.
Winner: Lee Novak
Experienced Football League forward performing like an experienced non-league forward given a chance he didn’t deserve. Incredibly disappointing.
The Johann Berg Gudmundsson Signing of the Season
The award for the best new addition of the campaign. Named after that rare thing – a positive signing made by Roland Duchatelet’s regime.
- Adam Chicksen
Seemingly just a cheap replacement for the departed Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, providing cover at left-back without having to spend, Adam Chicksen was instead a reliable figure for the Addicks after arriving on a free-transfer in August.
Providing a consistency that many of his teammates lacked throughout the campaign, Chicksen proved a steady performer both at full-back and in a slightly unfamiliar position on the left wing. His disappearance from the side in the final weeks of the season, however, suggests he might not be an Addick going into the next one.
- Ricky Holmes
In possessing ability that far exceeds any of his teammates, and having the qualities to win matches on his own with extraordinary moments of genius, Holmes has been a direct replacement for Gudmundsson.
There encouragement and excitement each time he powers down either flank, his deliveries testing, and the Addicks would have struggled even more this season without his goal-scoring attributes. A vital signing from Northampton Town in the summer.
From scoring two incredible goals in the home victory over Shrewsbury Town to scoring a superb individual hat-trick while the rest of those in red delivered a pathetic performance in the away defeat to Shrewsbury Town, Holmes has been marvellous in all situations.
- Josh Magennis
The summer signing from Kilmarnock has blown hot and cold throughout the campaign, but when Magennis has blown hot, he has been almost unplayable.
The first Charlton forward with the ability to hold the ball up and consistently win aerial duels since a certain Frenchman, the Northern Ireland international is also surprisingly good on the ball for someone in the target man mould. A hard-worker in tight affairs, and a man that can carry a side to victory in more open games.
His performance in the goalless draw away at Bradford not needing a goal to be considered a perfect one, while his efforts to score three against Bristol Rovers were superb.
The goals drying up since that hat-trick, with a combination of injury and weak performances holding him back, but Magennis has impressed in the final few weeks of the season and still done enough to warm himself to supporters.
- Jason Pearce
In periods throughout the campaign, Patrick Bauer, Jorge Teixeira and Ezri Konsa have all performed commendably at centre-back. But at no period has any combination of those three left you feeling totally comfortable.
The composure, experience and leadership of Jason Pearce has been desperately missed since the summer signing from Wigan suffered a serious groin injury during the draw at Valley Parade.
A real shame that what appeared an excellent signing was unavailable for the best part of four months. His presence next season will undoubtedly be important.
- Fredrik Ulvestad
Dropping to centre-back against Walsall and still performing flawlessly just about sums up Fredrik Ulvestad. The Norwegian midfielder, on loan from Burnley, has merely got his head down and performed irrespective of what has been asked of him.
Few thrills, but a consistent performer in an inconsistent team. A figure you can rely on.
- Stephy Mavididi
It probably says something about Charlton’s efforts in the transfer market that one of the better additions in recent seasons was an 18-year-old loanee who made just five appearances, two of which were from the bench.
But Stephy Mavididi, having joined from Arsenal on a temporary basis without a professional performance to his name, was a breath of fresh air during a grim period. His pace, directness and trickery an antidote to the stale performances the Addicks were delivering during the eight-game winless run, with his incredible run from inside his own penalty box against Rochdale the highlight.
A real shame injury cut short his spell in SE7.
Winner: Ricky Holmes
An extraordinary match-winner.
The Yann Kermorgant Performance of the Season
The award for the best individual performance of the campaign.
- Ricky Holmes V Shrewsbury Town (16/08/2016)
How do you go about displaying your ability to supporters of the club you’ve recently signed for? By inspiring your new side’s first victory of the season with two incredible goals, of course.
Holmes leading the first-half siege that blew away Shrewsbury at The Valley in August, and secured the first win of Russell Slade’s reign before the half-time whistle had been blown.
His first an unstoppable effort from distance, driving forward with intent before curling beyond Shrewsbury stopper Jason Leutwiler. The sort of goal required to ignite a season that had started in stale fashion.
His second, coming after Johnnie Jackson had bundled the ball over the line to double Charlton’s advantage, coming directly from the corner. But given Holmes’ maverick qualities, there were few suggesting it was a complete fluke.
And to go along with those goals, there was a performance of direct running and superb skill that meant, even when the Addicks took their foot off the gas somewhat after the interval, each attack felt like a threatening one. The first genuine sighting of the ability Holmes possessed.
- Josh Magennis V Coventry City (15/10/2016)
This was, in the intense atmosphere that an afternoon of protest provides, the first occasion in which Magennis made visible his ability to be an unplayable centre forward.
For it was not just his direct involvement in two of Charlton’s three goals, setting one up and scoring another, that impressed, but an overall performance that saw the Northern Ireland international bully Coventry’s backline.
Great strength and intelligence shown to hold up each ball knocked forward in his direction, aerial contests consistently won, and the Sky Blues allowed no time whatsoever in possession inside their own half with Magennis pressing unrelentlessly.
And it was through applying such pressure that Magennis made Charlton’s decisive second goal. Robbing Jordan Turnbull of the ball, and squaring for Ademola Lookman to finish.
The goal of his own that his efforts warranted followed, with Fredrik Ulvestad’s ball over the top superbly knocked around Mark Ricketts, and the forward finishing coolly. A marvellous finishing touch, and a marvellous finishing touch to an excellent performance.
- Ademola Lookman V Scunthorpe United (05/11/2016)
Only actually playing because of an injury to Ricky Holmes midway through the first-half, Ademola Lookman’s excellent performance from the bench inspired Charlton’s FA Cup victory over Scunthorpe in November.
The teenager rested for the cup tie, though there was an argument he might have been dropped after a handful of disappointing performances prior to the game, but Lookman brought what had been a dire display from the Addicks to life within seven minutes of being introduced. The ball falling to him on the edge of the box, a touch taken, before picking out the top corner with a stunning finish.
And having been beating his man with regularity and appearing a constant threat, the winger confirmed Charlton’s place in the second round of the competition with seven minutes to play. Pressure on the Addicks after Tom Hopper had halved the two-goal advantage giving to the hosts by Johnnie Jackson, but Lookman’s one-on-one finish, having been played through by Ulvestad, eased nerves.
- Dillon Phillips V Sheffield United and Bradford City (26/11/2016, 10/12/2016)
Young goalkeeper Phillips proved he’s capable of performing at League One level during his brief stint in the starting XI, not least in his determined efforts against Sheffield United and Bradford City in successive league games.
His performance against the Blades allowing Patrick Bauer to rescue a point for the Addicks. Charlton poor, and really should have been several goals behind before the German equalised late-on, but Phillips’ fingertips kept them in the game. Saving well from John Fleck and Mark Duffy, among others.
While his efforts during the trip to Valley Parade aided a determined performance from Karl Robinson’s side, and contributed heavily towards them coming away from Bradford with a point. An excellent point-blank save to deny Jordy Hiwula the highlight.
A suggestion has been made that Declan Rudd may remain an Addick, but there would be no panic if his loan spell isn’t turned into a permanent transfer. Not merely because Rudd has been inconsistent, but because Phillips’ quality was obvious during his spell in the starting XI.
- Joe Aribo V Southend United (31/12/2016)
That a stoppage-time equaliser, scored by Andrew Crofts, was required at Roots Hall in Charlton’s final game of 2016 suggests an element of good fortune was involved in the Addicks coming away from Southend with a point.
But Robinson’s side were dominant during the second half, and had long been pressing for the goal that would have cancelled out Simon Cox’s first-half effort. A dominance led by a 20-year-old in his third game of League football.
Joe Aribo in complete control in midfield. Breaking up play with ease, looking assured in possession, and contributing to what were becoming persistent Charlton attacks. This relatively inexperienced figure the central figure of this contest.
Crofts’ equaliser a reward for Aribo’s efforts, as much as Charlton’s in general.
- Josh Magennis V Bristol Rovers (02/01/2017)
An unplayable performance from the big man that made his efforts against Coventry appear barely noteworthy. An outstanding overall display, topped off by the small matter of scoring three times as the Addicks came from behind to beat Bristol Rovers.
His first of the afternoon, left unmarked from a Joe Aribo free-kick on the stroke of half-time and allowed to cancel out Jermaine Easter’s opener for the visitors, coming somewhat against the run of play. But from that moment forth, the Northern Ireland international took control of the contest.
A second for the forward arriving just five minutes after the interval, and in similar fashion. An Aribo free-kick, Magennis unmarked, and the back of the net found with a powerful header.
But, as was the case against the Sky Blues, his involvement in Charlton’s goals merely added to his overall efforts. Once again bullying an opposition backline, making almost every ball played forward his own, and winning almost every aerial battle.
That, however, is not to suggest his hat-trick goal, coming after Jorge Teixeira had doubled his side’s lead, wasn’t the highlight of his performance. Marvellously taking down Andrew Crofts’ ball over the top, and curling superbly into the far corner. The game Charlton’s, and the match-ball his.
- Patrick Bauer V Bolton Wanderers (28/01/2017)
The BFG not simply featuring on this shortlist because he scored the equaliser in the impressive victory at the Macron Stadium in January, but because his defensive performance was as defiant as they come.
But his equaliser did play a part in creating the situation in which his defensive efforts were so important. The Addicks not only trailing to Zach Clough’s excellent free-kick when Bauer turned in Jake Forster-Caskey’s delivery, but also a man down. Lewis Page sent off for conceding the free-kick that Clough scored from.
By half-time, however, the visitors had the most unlikely of leads at the Macron. Nathan Byrne finishing coolly, but victory still seeming like an unlikely outcome. A half to hold on with ten men against one of the division’s best sides.
But Charlton’s backline, led by Bauer, restricted the Trotters to no genuine opportunities as they searched for an equaliser throughout the entirety of the second period. Every header won, countless crunching tackles, and composure in possession.
An incredible team effort to record victory, but Bauer’s defensive determination at the heart of this win.
- Ricky Holmes V Shrewsbury Town (28/02/2017)
While his teammates embarrassed themselves, leading to Karl Robinson questioning whether they cared enough, Ricky Holmes went about single-handedly giving Charlton a chance of salvaging something from a performance that deserved nothing at Shrewsbury in February.
A hat-trick of real quality in complete contrast to the collective performance, and as such made all the more impressive. Impressing in a side that showed little effort, defensive composure, or attacking intent.
In fact, Holmes overturned the deficit that Louis Dodds inflicted upon the Addicks all by himself. A wonder goal drawing the visitors level, before a spectacular free-give on the stroke of half-time gave Charlton a lead their overall efforts quite frankly didn’t deserve.
And when the collective had received the sort of punishment they had long deserved, with Tyler Roberts and Shaun Whalley scoring over the space of two second-half minutes, it was Holmes who produced an equaliser that didn’t seem to be coming. His hat-trick coming with a ruthless finishing, drilling the ball into the bottom corner after being teed up by Karlan Ahearne-Grant.
That Holmes’ incredible effort meant nothing, with Dodds restoring’s Shrewsbury’s lead five minutes later, is the perfect reflection of just how dire the Addicks were aside from the winger. An awesome performance, lost in a disgrace display.
- Johnnie Jackson V Scunthorpe United (07/03/2017)
There is no one at this football club I trust more than Johnnie Jackson. No one that can inspire in the way the skipper does. No one for who the club means as much as it does to supporters.
So it no surprise, therefore, that a captain’s performance from Mr Charlton was the foundation from which the Addicks ended their dire run of eight games without victory or a reasonable performance. Jackson injecting a bit of fight into a side that had seemingly lost all motivation and effort.
The moment of inspiration coming with the goal that gave the Addicks the lead against Scunthorpe just beyond the half hour. Volleying home from a corner, and delivering a trademark kneeslide in front of the East Stand.
But the skipper provided so much more than just a goal. Both composure in possession, and genuine determination without it. It often suggested he no longer has the legs to play regularly, but his presence in midfield that night brought it alive.
The need for Tony Watt to convert from the spot to give the Addicks victory, after a second-half capitulation had allowed Scunthorpe to equalise and appear like the side most likely to score the winner, diverted from the script slightly. Jackson’s goal not the winner.
But that didn’t deny the skipper moments of celebration come full-time with the Covered End, and an almighty tunnel jump. Particularly impressive considering he had given everything, and there was nothing left in his legs.
- Declan Rudd V Southend United and Coventry City (08/04/2017 and 14/04/2017)
Back-to-back performances from Rudd that won his side points were particularly impressive after a torrid couple of months preceding the games against Southend and Coventry. The mistakes put behind him, and numerous important saves made.
In a determined effort from the collective against the Shrimpers to achieve a victory that simply had to be achieved, the efforts of Rudd in Charlton’s goal cannot be underestimated.
A marvellous bit of goalkeeping to halt Stephen McLoughlin when through on goal, an excellent save from the same man’s late free-kick, and claiming cross after cross that came into his box. His composure and decision making much improved upon previous weeks. The determined effort that backed up the determined effort.
And that followed by a performance at the Ricoh that saved the Addicks from a defeat that their lacklustre effort probably deserved. Superb saves from George Thomas and Jodi Jones in particular, when both men were allowed through on goal by a non-existent Charlton midfield and defence, to prevent the Sky Blues doubling, and regaining, their advantage.
- Jay Dasilva V Gillingham (17/04/2017)
Having been hidden away for so long, Chelsea loanee Dasilva made the most of an opportunity to display his talents in the first-team with a marvellous performance in the victory over Gillingham.
Despite being defensively sound, and recovering in the moments when he wasn’t, it was his attacking play that particularly impressed. An excellent run that resulted in him being chopped down on the edge of the Gillingham box, with Ricky Holmes scoring from the resulting free-kick, the highlight of an excellent performance bombing down the left flank.
And the diminutive full-back, despite not stopping for a second all game, even had the energy to perform the tunnel jump come full-time. Impressive.
- Ricky Holmes V Swindon Town (30/04/2017)
Given the comprehensive nature of it, you could make arguments for several players making their way onto this shortlist from the win over Swindon. But Charlton’s POTY ended the season by displaying the class that has one Charlton points, or at least given them a degree of pride, on so many occasions this season.
A constant threat, his footwork incredible, and a 13th goal of the campaign to wrap things up. Lock him in a cupboard for the summer.
Winner: Josh Magennis V Bristol Rovers
A toss up between Magennis’ efforts against Bristol Rovers and Holmes’ performance away at Shrewsbury. But as Magennis’ hat-trick contributed to victory, we’ll got with that.
The Yohann Thuram Performance of the Season
The award for the worst impersonation of a professional footballer on a given matchday.
- Roger Johnson V Bury (06/08/2016)
Not only were his defensive efforts dire in a dreadful team performance, with the Addicks losing to Bury on the opening day of the season, but Roger Johnson decided to cement the hatred for him among supporters following the full-time whistle.
“If you don’t like it, don’t fucking come,” were his insightful words to furious fans who had every right to feel aggrieved following their side’s display. Supporters that continue to follow their side over large distances despite the state of the club.
That he’ll never play for the club again is a cause for celebration.
- Andrew Crofts V Oldham Athletic (27/09/2016)
Crofts’ performances in Charlton red, though not consistently, improved as time went on. But in his first few months as the Addick, the midfielder was unreliable at best.
Not least against Oldham, where the Latics midfield were allowed to dominate. Tame in possession, misplaced passes constant, and challenges persistently one by the visiting midfield.
To the extent that this weak, relegation threatened Oldham outfit were the stronger side for much of the game in SE7, and the weakness that Crofts contributed to in midfield ultimately that their late equaliser was thoroughly deserved.
- Morgan Fox V Swindon Town (12/11/2016)
Personally, I was never one to criticise Morgan Fox too heavily. There always a mistake in him, but a better player than many attempted to make out.
However, his performance in the defeat to Swindon that cost Russell Slade his job was particularly dire, and not simply because he was credited with a rather unfortunate own goal. Offering no defensive resilience whatsoever, beaten time and time again down the flank, and unable to contribute going forward.
Immediately redeeming himself with two superb performances under Kevin Nugent’s leadership, but his efforts at the County Ground were embarrassingly poor.
- Ezri Konsa V Millwall (21/12/2016)
Academy graduate Konsa has been this season’s breakthrough player, performing with maturity, consistency and quality whether asked to play at centre-back or in a deep midfield role. An outsider would never guess that someone so composed in their play is still a teenager.
But the night where Konsa lost his composure was unfortunately an important one. Filling in at right-back, the 19-year-old endured a torrid night at The Den.
Not only persistently being caught out of position and beaten with ease by Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien, but finding himself at fault for the Lions’ second goal. A weak clearance allowing the hosts to get the ball back into the box, Konsa slipping, and Steve Morison allowed the simplest of opportunities to volley home his regular goal against the Addicks.
A bleak night in Bermondsey, with Millwall claiming a 3-1 win over a Charlton side that was absent of the required fight, and Konsa’s error-prone performance a reflection of the lack of quality. Thankfully not something he has even come close to repeating throughout his debut campaign.
- Patrick Bauer V AFC Wimbledon (11/02/2017)
Bauer has been a relatively reliable performer for the Addicks this season, which is high praise for a member of a defence that has so often found barely believable ways to capitulate.
But every so often, there have been afternoons and evenings where the big German himself has struggled. Most commonly when facing a tall, physical centre-forward.
And that was the case at Kingsmeadow in February, where have struggled to deal with Tom Elliott throughout the 90 minutes and showing little composure, Bauer lacked the defensive defiance to prevent AFC Wimbledon’s forward from stealing a stoppage-time equaliser.
On this occasion, no where near challenging Tyrone Barnett as he flicked on, and Elliott was allowed to race through and score. A poor day at the office for Bauer, culminating in his role in Wimbledon’s leveller.
- Josh Magennis V Oldham Athletic (14/02/2017)
Not only did Josh Magennis waste a glorious opportunity to put the Addicks ahead within the first few seconds at Boundary Park, but his overall performance on Valentine’s Day was dreadful.
Evidently rushed back too soon after injury, the forward looked well off the pace, lacking the physical and aerial he normally possesses, not least a finishing touch. Jake Forster-Caskey sending the Northern Ireland international through on goal with 12 seconds played, only for the ball to be looped over the bar.
And Charlton’s attempts to compete in a game they ultimately lost 1-0 were hindered heavily by the general lack of presence Magennis provided up top. A real weak effort from the summer signing.
- Jorge Teixeira V Shrewsbury Town (28/02/2017)
When Karl Robinson claimed that 40% of his side didn’t care enough following the defeat to Shrewsbury, the minds of Charlton supporters began to consider who might be among that number.
And the man most obvious was the man who had performed the poorest at the New Meadow. Jorge Teixeira an absolute shambles, constantly allowing the Shrews through, and offering little effort or defensive resilience.
The Portuguese redeemed himself slightly in his performances in the weeks that followed, but his efforts on that night were simply a disgrace.
- Declan Rudd V Bradford City (14/03/2017)
Unfortunately for Rudd, who was reliable between the posts during the first few months of the season, there were several performances during the period between February and the start of April that might have featured in this shortlist. Mistake after mistake.
But against Bradford not only was there a lack of excellent saves to accompany his mistake as had been the case elsewhere, his error was a vital one. Palming Mark Marshall’s shot straight to Timothee Dieng, who headed over the line.
Dieng’s goal an equaliser, and an equaliser that meant one of Charlton’s best performances of the season ended with the Addicks claiming just a point. Rudd apologetic at full-time.
- Lee Novak V Peterborough United (01/04/2017)
The fact Novak felt the need to hold his hands up in apology as he was substituted during the defeat to Peterborough at London Road reaffirms just how dire an effort this was from the forward.
A horrendous miss from the summer signing with scores level, taking too long in possession after being played through on goal and ultimately seen his shot blocked by a combination of Posh goalkeeper Luke McGee and captain Michael Bostwick.
It the worst moment of an embarrassing performance from Novak, who seemed to lost every aerial challenge and misplace every pass. To the extent that there were chants for him to be substituted, and boos when it was Tony Watt who was initially sacrificed for Josh Magennis.
Cheers from the away end, and a signal of apology from the player, once the forward was removed.
- Tony Watt and Josh Magennis V MK Dons (04/04/2017)
On a night where the Addicks showed pride off the pitch, in their remembrance of PC Keith Palmer, forwards Tony Watt and Josh Magennis showed absolutely nothing.
In truth, some sympathy can be had for them, with Charlton’s performance in midfield meaning their was no service for them. But they were anonymous. Failing to win or hold up the ball, losing possession far too easily, and wasting the only chances that did come their way.
Watt particularly guilty of that. A horrendous missed header at the far post following Jay Dasilva’s header, preventing any chance of a Charlton fightback.
Winner: Lee Novak v Peterborough
A performance that summed up just how poor and disappointing Novak has been since his summer arrival.
The Chris Powell Award for Coach of the Season
As ever under the Duchatelet regime, there’s plenty of coaches to choose from.
- Russell Slade
Hasn’t got hair. Originally we didn’t care. Then it emerged that not only did his head contain no hair, but also lacked tactical intelligence.
His football never exactly appealing, but there were improvements in results and performances before the defeat at Swindon Town that led to his sacking. As with any figure that becomes Charlton manager, he was a little unfairly treated.
- Kevin Nugent
The seven points that Kevin Nugent picked up during his caretaker spell in charge gained increasing significance as Charlton’s winless run throughout February went on. Seven points that meant the Addicks were always just about far enough above the relegation zone to avoid complete meltdown. Deserves plenty of credit, and certainly didn’t deserve to effectively be hidden away before getting the Barnet job.
- Chris O’Loughlin
Not quite sure I’ve ever actually see him do any sort of coaching, but there’s no doubt he’s the finest cone and ball collector in the professional game.
- Karl Robinson
- Richie Barker
Wears shorts on the touchline even when it’s freezing cold. Fair play.
- Lee Bowyer
In a desperate attempt from Robinson in order to prove to Charlton supporters that he has mates, 1,507 people from within football rocked up at Sparrows Lane at one point or another. Lee Bowyer the lucky winner of a permanent contract, making him the club’s 4,392nd employed coach.
- The free ones
Charlton organised for 160,000 supporters to go to Northampton free of charge, and paid for all their meals for a month.
- The ones that went to Belgium
The protest fund allowing for cheap coaches to take Charlton supporters to Belgium, and protest against the poisonous individual who owns this football club.
Winner: Kevin Nugent
Wouldn’t have simply flirted with relegation without those seven points.