11 Key Moments of 2011: No.8 – Charlton Athletic 2 Swindon 4
No.8 – Charlton Athletic 2 Swindon 4
A sole highlight in League One during 2011 came at The Valley on 3rd January.
In front of the Sky TV cameras Town ended their twenty month hoodoo of failing to win a game after going behind in true style beating promotion chasing Charlton Athletic 4-2.
After the Addicks took a controversial lead after Paul Benson handballed in the lead up to Jackson’s goal, Town equalised as Matt Ritchie was quickest to pick up the rebound of his own shot.
An early second half shot by Charlie Austin ensured the turnaround was complete, yet it didn’t stop there as Sean Morrison added a headed third and four minutes later the rout was complete as Austin scored Swindon’s fourth and what proved to be his last in a red shirt.
Even though Charlton got one back, this 4-2 win would prove to be our biggest victory of the 2010/11 campaign, giving Charlton the perfect excuse to sack manager Phil Parkinson the next day.
Ultimately the result flattered to deceive and raised false optimism that we might just be able to recover something from the season. Thoughts even returned of a late surge in form to perhaps even sneak into the Play-Offs. Within days Sean Morrison departed, we resumed normal service of passionless defeats and Charlie Austin could see what was coming and jumped the sinking ship before the end of the transfer window.
With only two more wins in our 2011 League One campaign, the next not for another 19 games, shows why the trip to The Valley was a high point, or a blip depending on which way you look at things, in an otherwise dire first five months of the year.