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Match Preview: Fleetwood v Charlton

29 September 2017

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Fleetwood Town are back in action on Saturday, looking to emulate Tuesday night’s impressive 3-0 win at Bradford City when they welcome Charlton Athletic to Highbury.

The Addicks have had a good start to the season and sit 7th ahead of Saturday’s match, two places and one point better off than the Cod Army, but they have played a game more.

Athletic Pegged Back Twice

While Uwe Rosler’s men were winning at Valley Parade on Tuesday, Charlton were also in action as they headed to the Midlands to face Walsall.

Tarique Fosu opened the scoring at the Banks’s Stadium but Athletic were pegged back by Tyler Roberts’ equaliser before half time.

Karl Robinson’s side thought they had the match won when Ricky Holmes fired home from the edge of the area in the 88th minute, but Daniel Agyei drew the Saddlers level straight from the restart and stretched Charlton’s winless run to four games.

We’ve Met Before

Fleetwood and Charlton have met twice before, and both occasions have ended in a draw.

Last season at Highbury the sides shared the spoils with the game ending 2-2. Chris Long and David Ball scored for the home side. Josh Magennis and Lee Novak scored for the visitors.

Town’s visit to The Valley last term ended in dramatic fashion as Amari’i Bell scored a stoppage time equaliser. Holmes had opened the scoring for the hosts, who also had Nathan Byrne sent off late on.

Ones to Watch

Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis has been firing in the goals for both club and country over the past year and is in fine form heading into Saturday’s game. The striker, who joined Athletic from Kilmarnock also had a prolific spell at Aberdeen, whom he joined from Cardiff City, his first professional club. Magennis scored twice for Northern Ireland against San Marino at the start of the month in a 3-0 win in a Serravalle. Magennis’ goal in this same fixture last season saw him score his first Charlton goal.

Ricky Holmes is another player to look out for on Saturday. The 30-year-old made a name for himself in non-league football at Chelmsford City where he was linked with several Football League clubs. Barnet were the club to get Holmes’ signature and he stayed there for three years, signing for Portsmouth upon Barnet’s relegation where he won Fans’ Player of the Season. After a successful spell at Northampton, Charlton signed the winger last summer and he has since been a regular name on the team sheet.

German defender Patrick Bauer has scored twice from defence this season, including the winner in a 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers on the opening day of the season. The Stuttgart native began his career with local side TSG Backnang before working his way up the ranks at VfB Stuttgart before signing for Maritimo in Portugal. This is from where Charlton plucked Bauer, who has 10 caps for the German national youth teams. 

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