Charlton Athletic pulled off one of their best results of the season on Tuesday night when they beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 at The City Ground.
The game was just 24 minutes old when Charlton took the lead and it was Naby Sarr at the heart of it, robbing possession on the left hand side before whipping in a delicious cross.
It could not have been better placed for Lyle Taylor who gratefully finished first-time in the box to edge the Addicks ahead.
Tiago Silva and Matty Cash both tested Dillon Phillips in the remainder of the game but it was Sarr who came closest to equalising, narrowly avoiding his own goal after slicing a Carl Jenkinson delivery in his own box.
It hands the Addicks a timely boost in their bid for survival and here we take a look at THREE things we learned from the 1-0 win…
Taylor decision vindicated
There was plenty of discussion throughout January over whether or not Charlton should cash in on Lyle Taylor after the striker rejected a new contract offer at The Valley.
Plenty wanted to cash in now to avoid losing him for nothing in the summer but last night’s display showed why it was so important that he was retained.
Taylor is a top Championship striker and he showed it with his positional sense to score his goal. There was never a guarantee they would be able to get someone like that had they cashed in and they are now reaping the rewards of that decision.
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He has frustrated at points this season with some sloppy mistakes, but last night again showed that Sarr arguably has the highest ceiling out of any player in the Charlton side.
It is his brilliant cross for Taylor’s goal which has grabbed most of the headlines but he was excellent in his defensive duties as well.
At 26, he still has plenty of room to improve as well so Charlton would be wise to tie him down to a new deal when they can.
No chance of relegation
This may be a bold statement to make with so many games still to play, but I think this match showed that there is no way Charlton will be relegated this season.
You look at Wigan, Barnsley and Luton in the bottom three now. Would any of them have pulled off a result like this? It is hard to see.
Charlton have so much more heart and so much more ability than plenty of teams in the bottom half and they will be absolutely fine.