1. Manuel Almunia (c) – 6
The Spaniard didn’t have any real saves of note to make and could get no-where near Yann Kermorgant’s well-struck, well-placed second-half penalty. Handling and distribution solid.
5. Essaid Belkalem – 5
I was perhaps a little harsh in calling the big Algerian a ‘liability’ on Twitter yesterday evening, but as well as some good things, there were some issues too.
This was Belkalem’s first league start and the outstretched leg which was designed to bring down the onrushing Charlton player just outside the penalty area could have been red. The penalty giveaway was blatant, other than that, he wasn’t too bad defensively.
He went long with his distribution a few times in the second-half, but it worked to great effect. He was also always willing to bomb on and support Davide Faraoni and Ikechi Anya.
4. Gabriele Angella – 7
He wins every header – that’s a given – and on a couple of occasions he showed real touches of class, most notably when he flicked the ball over a Charlton player and passed his way out.
There were other occasions, though, when he did slightly daft things, or got dragged completely out of position.
27. Marco Cassetti – 6
A much more solid showing from the veteran Italian, who has been shaky in these opening weeks.
19. Davide Faraoni – 4
Apart from his curly slug haircut, he did not stand out in any way, shape or form.
10. Lewis McGugan – 7
Showed some really nice touches, got through a lot of work in midfield alongside Iriney and kept the ball moving.
23. Iriney – 6.5
Probably the best I’ve seen the Brazilian play this season (I did miss the opening couple of Saturdays). He ratted around, broke up the play and distributed, without slowing our play down too much.
18. Daniel Pudil – 6
I can’t help but think Pudil’s best position is probably left-back in a four-man defence. He hasn’t got the pace or skill to be an attack-minded player.
Scored the Hornets’ goal, following in after the only attempt Addicks’ goalkeeper Ben Hamer was forced to make a save from.
20. Diego Fabbrini – 6
Very quiet following his impressive first league start against Nottingham Forest prior to the international break. Still had a few efforts and always looks positive.
9. Troy Deeney – 5
Had two good chances: one where he collected a Belkalem clipped pass but took too long to get it down before off-loading to Fernando Forestieri and another, where he met Ikechi Anya’s pull-back and somehow contrived to blaze over.
11. Fernando Forestieri – 6.5
Linked up well with Deeney and Fabbrini and had a couple of good first-half efforts curl just wide of Hamer’s post. More subdued in the second but always put the workrate in, showed for the ball and helped out his side defensively.
21. Ikechi Anya (for Davide Faraoni) – 6.5
The diminutive Scot was afforded a heroes’ welcome following his midweek goal in Macedonia for Scotland and quickly set about stretching Addicks’ left wing-back Rhoys Wiggins. Nearly had an assist.
15. Javi Acuna (for Fernando Forestieri) – 6
Worked hard, won several headers he had no right to and generally made a nuisance of himself. With Deeney in poor form, he deserves a go from the start soon.
16. Sean Murray (for Diego Fabbrini) – N/A
Player Ratings v Charlton Athletic
1. Manuel Almunia (c) – 6