Charlton 1 Bournemouth 0

By Rob Virtue on August 9, 2010 10:09 AM |


Charlton got their season off to a winning start on Saturday at The Valley, despite playing most of the second half with 10 men.

Akpo Sodje's first half strike sealed the points for the Addicks against Bournemouth and the Londoners held on after the break.

After the win manager Phil Parkinson was keen to point out his disappointment with Jose Semedo's red card, which could see him miss the next three matches.

The Portuguese midfielder was given his maching orders for a tackle on Bournemouth substitute Michael Symes.

Parkinson said: "Jose's very disappointed about the decision. We're going to take a look at it now and there's a possibility we will be appealing over the next 24 hours.

"For a tackle like that, which was no more than a yellow card, to miss three games would be extremely harsh.

"In my view it was the Bournemouth players' reactions. If Semedo would have rolled around the floor I wonder what the referee would have done. But he's such an honest lad I'm certain he went in to win the ball."

Despite the numerical disadvantage, Charlton were not often troubled.

They were leading through Sodje's finish from eight yards out on 21 minutes after a fantastic run and cross from Kyel Reid.

Overall, Parkinson was pleased with the performance, especially with the new signings including Alan McCormack.

"I think Macca's first tackle when he got back and sprinted 50 yards to win a tackle, if he keeps doing that the Charlton fans will certainly be behind him," said the mnanager.

Charlton: Elliot; Solly, Jackson, Dailly, Doherty; Wagstaff (Martin 73), Semedo, McCormack, Reid; Abbott (Racon 64), Sodje (Francis 88).

Bournemouth: Jalal; Bradbury (Purches 76), Wiggins, Cooper, Pearce; Feeney, Robinson, Bartley (Hollands 68), Arter (Symes 46), Pugh; Pitman,

Att: 16,236