Charlton Athletic earned a valuable victory on Tuesday night when they beat Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.
The goal came through the excellent Lyle Taylor, but it was one man’s brilliant play near the touchline that made the opportunity possible.
Defender Naby Sarr won the ball back in a terrific manner before producing a quite superb cross that Taylor tucked home. It was an important moment for the defender, who hadn’t been producing the best of performances for the Addicks of late.
Sarr now has three goals and five assists in the Championship this season, which for a defender is a fantastic contribution.
The victory leaves Lee Bowyer’s side 19th–six points clear of the relegation zone. They must still finish the season well to avoid the drop and you’d imagine that the defender will have some role to play in that.
Football League World journalist Dean Cooke asked Charlton Facebook group, Charlton Athletic FC (The unofficial & UnCensored Charlton Fans Group), whether Sarr has done enough to keep his place in the Addicks side ahead of the coming months.
Here are some of the replies…
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Toby Richardson: “He’s just so bipolar like don’t get me wrong on the ball he can do some mad things but just a shame he can’t defend but as recent performances, I’d say keep him in his spot but that means 70% chance of opposing team score a goal from Naby Sarr.”
Rick Cattermole: “Play him out of the defence somewhere, as that cross to Taylor was world class, but the fumble that nearly cost us a goal was horrendous!! The Sarrs Virus strikes again!!”
Marcus Savage: “He is like Bambi on ice in any box with his feet but as an attacking defender his blocking passing and defensive heading is outstanding plus he scores now and again he was missed against Stoke.”
James Bradley: “If he played like he did against forest all the time, he wouldn’t be playing for Charlton he’d be playing in the premier league. The fact is he doesn’t, but until we see mistakes he’s keeping his place in the team for me.”
Gary Parkyn: “Like someone else said, if he played like that every match then he would be in the Prem and not playing for us, yes he has bad days but don’t we all? It’s when he pulls a performance like that out of the bag you realise why he plays for us. He has qualities like all the players, let’s get behind every single one of them and push for mid table finish!!”
Brad Hulyer: “Keep him in the team and sign him up…get off his back…end of IMO.”
Paul Seaward: “If he continues as he was against forest then yes keep him.”