As far as starts go for new managers, Nigel Adkins must be delighted with the way things are going at Charlton Athletic since his arrival.
It’s been over a month now since he arrived at The Valley, and although it’s only been five games in the hot-seat, Adkins has got the Addicks firing.
There’s still been some hairy moments – a debut draw with AFC Wimbledon wouldn’t have necessarily been the start Adkins wanted but the three wins he’s picked up have all been massive and they’ve all been away from home turf.
Three points were achieved on the road at both Doncaster Rovers and high-flying Sunderland, but Charlton’s best performance of the whole season was saved for last night where they absolutely blew Plymouth Argyle away at Home Park.
The Addicks were 2-0 up at the break through Jake Forster-Caskey and Jayden Stockley goals, and the visitors added four more in the second half thanks to an own goal, Alex Gilbey, Liam Millar and Chuks Aneke.
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For all of their 57% possession, Plymouth couldn’t convert any of that into meaningful chances and they were punished to the tune of a 6-0 thumping – a result that saw Charlton rise into the play-off places.
One of the goalscorers in Gilbey posted a little message on Twitter to Addicks fans post-match, and no doubt they fully agreed with his sentiments.
— Alex Gilbey (@agilbey8) April 20, 2021
If Gilbey and his team-mates thought it was fun to play in, then think how the supporters must have felt watching that goal-fest.
Despite Lee Bowyer doing a lot of good for Charlton, letting him go to Birmingham may have been a master-stroke pulled by Thomas Sandgaard.
Things were going a bit stale under Bowyer’s management and with Adkins at the wheel now, performances have improved and the Addicks are rising up the table – they’re now in the play-off places again and the club are showing no signs of slowing down towards the end of the season.