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19-Apr 06:25, by Ketts

The point Phil Parkinson's Bolton won on Tuesday was significant for Charlton.

Charlton's 3-0 win over Gillingham on Monday virtually ensured their place in League One for the 2017/18 season.

They were out of reach of Coventry, Chesterfield and Swindon, but Port Vale and Bury - who both had three games remaining - could still catch them.

If the Addicks lost their remaining two games, and the duo won all three of their games, Karl Robinson's side could be caught. 

However, Port Vale could only match Charlton's‎ points tally, and they would also have to turn round an inferior goal difference of 27. Obviously extremely unlikely, but mathematically possible.

There are sixteen clubs housed within the original borders of‎ Lancashire. The number of local derbies these sides play, tends to throw up some unexpected results, as form goes out of the window.

Sheffield United sealed promotion with a 2-1 win at Northampton last Saturday, and Bolton were hot favourites to join them. But Phil Parkinson's side have stuttered over Easter.

The Trotters have taken just one point from their clashes with Lancashire rivals.

They were sur‎prisingly beaten 1-0 at Oldham on Saturday, and were held to a goalless draw at the Macron by lowly Bury on Tuesday evening.

Another Lancashire side - resurgent Fleetwood - are now just two points behind Phil Parkinson's side with two games to play.‎

Addicks fans will have a different slant on Tuesday's result. The points Bury dropped at the Macron banished any remaining fears of relegation. It is now mathematically impossible for Charlton to go down.

Robinson will still want to finish on a high though. He will be keen to beat Chesterfield and Swindon ‎to build momentum for the 2017/18 campaign.

It will be another summer that sees a huge turnover of players at The Valley, the manager wants to bring ten new faces. He is hoping to have deals arranged for half of them before he goes on holiday next month.

The current players will have regular check ups through the summer as Robinson wants them in good shape when they return.

The squad will report back earlier than usual, and the manager wants them to play nine or ten warm up games before the new season gets under way on 5 August.

Robinson believes the tough pre-season schedule is the best way to prepare his players for the arduous campaign ahead. Hopefully, it will help alleviate the lengthy long term injury list the club has had in recent seasons.

Now their status is confirmed, the Addicks can plan for next season in earnest. The first brick of the 2017/18 campaign was laid at the Macron on Tuesday evening.


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