Extended player ratings: Charlton 0 Saints 0

Last updated : 30 November 2008 By Chris C
Starting line-up

Davis - 9 Man of the Match (again): Another superb performance from Super Kelvin who kept Saints in it during the first half with some outstanding athletic saves, including a gravity-defying recovery to keep out a deflection when wrong-footed. Much improved distribution and command of the box, with a single drop due to a foul missed by the referee.

James - 6: Was exposed defensively at times by Charlton's lively attack, but was much more impressive going forward showing good delivery into the box, if only he'd try and get to the byline to make his crosses harder to defend.

Perry - 8: Showed all of his experience to keep Charlton at bay in the first half, being at times Kelvin Davis' sole line of defence. Made a number of vital interventions and well timed challenges in and around the box. Simply has to play when fit.

Cork - 6: Struggled against Charlton's muscular attack in the first half with too many second balls not being picked up. Showed why he is such a class act when moved into midfield where he had the time and space to show off a great range of passing and ball control. Wasted at centre back, but missed at right back.

Skacel - 5: Given the run around by the experience of Gillespie who put in numerous crosses from Charlton's right flank. Indeed it was only when Gillespie went off that he made his influence felt in attack as he bombed forward in search of a goal. His delivery from set pieces also let him down with few getting beyond the first man and one going straight out for a goal kick. Hit a free kick in a promising position straight into the wall.

Schneiderlin - 5: Anonymous first half from the talented Frenchman who was given little time on the ball to show off his range of skills. When on song he looks imperious strolling through the game, but when off his game can look lazy. Came to life when Saints did in the second half with some lovely one touch football.

Surman - 7: Such an improved player, Drew put in an all-action performance, getting stuck in in defence and trying to drive the side forward in attack. His touches didn't quite come off for him today in the danger area with several passes in the final third getting intercepted or missing their target, but was at the heart of all that Saints did well.

Wright-Phillips - 3: Such a frustrating afternoon's work from Bradley after the heroics at Reading reminded us of his potential. Had little impact on the game, bar missing Saints' best chance when clean through, tamely shooting early towards the keeper. Closed down well by Charlton he failed to use his pace to best effect to open up space or get in behind their defence.

Lallana - 6: Quiet in the first half, his superb close control was wasted out wide with much of his work well outside the danger area. Threatened far more in the second half with some penetrating runs, but again his shooting let him down when half chances came his way.

McGoldrick - 5: Playing in the hole in the first half the ball just wouldn't stick to him as Saints were unable to retain possession. Looked better playing up front in the second as he ran the channels well, but had little options available in the box when looking to cross.

Robertson - 4: In the side to hold the ball up and lead the line, he failed to do so and was subbed at half time. Hopefully just an off day for the striker as Saints could do with his strength up front, but that wonder goal is starting to feel a long time ago now.


Pearce - 8: Boy, did he look hungry when he came on! Obviously frustrated at losing his place, he had a big impact on the game, improving the defence considerably with his aggression at set pieces and making a nuisance of himself in the opposition penalty area. Relished getting stuck into his challenges against a muscular Charlton front line. Earned himself a starting spot next week with this 45 minutes.

Patterson - 6: Held the ball up surprisingly well considering his age in a lively cameo up front. Had no real chances to score, but they will come as his movement improves.

Wotton - 5: Brought on to close the game out and add his experience to midfield. Only had time for a few simple passes and a few challenges.