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Match Preview | Charlton Athletic (A)

21 April 2023

Club News

Match Preview | Charlton Athletic (A)

21 April 2023

The Shrimps are back on the road on Saturday 22 April as they travel to The Valley take on Charlton Athletic in Sky Bet League One.

Last time out, Cole Stockton’s later winner earned Morecambe all three points in a 1-0 win over Wycombe.

Charlton also won their last game 1-0 against MK Dons.

The Opposition

The Addicks sit 10th in League One with 15 wins, 13 draws and 15 defeats after 43 league games.

Like many of the clubs in the division, Charlton have a rich history in the English game. The Addicks won the FA Cup in 1947 when they beat Burnley 1-0 in the final at Wembley. The London-based side also won the second tier once in 2000, League One in 2012 and, most recently, the League One Play-Offs in 2019.

Dean Holden is in charge at The Valley. Holden played as a right-back for the likes of Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United, Shrewsbury Town, Rochdale and Walsall. The 43-year-old began his managerial career at Oldham in 2014 before being dismissed two years later. After six years in various coaching roles, Holden became manager of the Addicks in August 2022.

Key Players

Forward Jesurun Rak-Sakyi is the Addicks' top scorer this season with 13 goals as well as eight assists. The 20-year-old is impressing at a young age on loan from Premier League side Crystal Palace. The striker’s most recent contribution was an assist against MK last time out. Rak-Sakyi began his career in the Chelsea youth system before moving to Crystal Palace in 2019.

One of Rak-Sakyi’s fellow youngsters, Miles Leaburn, has also made an impression at The Valley this season with 11 goals and three assists in the current campaign. The 19-year-old also began his career in Chelsea’s youth system and has been at Charlton since 2019, breaking into the first team this season.

Midfielder Scott Fraser seven goals and five assists for Charlton this season. The 28-year-old began his career in Scotland with Dundee United before moving to Burton on 2018. After leaving Burton in 2020, Fraser spent time with MK Dons and Ipswich before joining Charlton in early 2022.

Dean Holden’s Thoughts

Addicks boss Dean Holden said to Charlton TV his side will show Morecambe a lot of respect on Saturday.

“Morecambe are fighting for everything, and we have to give them total respect," he said.

"For us, it’s another home game at The Valley and there’s only two left, so our supporters will be coming along excited for that reason and hopefully we can score some more goals.”

Team News

Derek Adams will be giving players as much time as possible to prove their fitness ahead of the match. With only 6 substitutes being available last weekend, The Shrimps manager will be hoping to add to group however with a substantial injury list and a tight squad the manager may be limited in his numbers for this one.

Meet The Officials

David Rock will be the referee on Saturday afternoon and will be assisted by Daniel Cook and Steven Plane with Stephen Brown appointed as the fourth official.

Rock has officiated 29 games this season, 14 in League One, nine in League Two and two in each of the Papa Johns Trophy, FA Cup and Carabao Cup.

The official last took charge of a Morecambe game in January, a 4-0 defeat away against Ipswich Town.

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