Home   Kent   News   Article

Inside View with Charlton striker Akpo Sodje

Charlton badge
Charlton badge

The main topic of conversation across the country over the past few days has been the weather, and I reckon my brother is to blame.

After he scored against Milton Keynes Dons earlier this month, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one wondering what his celebratory dance was all about.

Apparently, it was an African rain dance – and it hasn’t stopped pouring down ever since!

Anyone who made the trip to Yeovil Town last Saturday or saw any of the highlights will have seen how bad the conditions were.

We really felt for our travelling fans, who had nothing to shelter under as the skies opened – and their support in the circumstances was tremendous.

Thanks to the weather, it was really a game of two halves, and we struggled to get out of our own half in the first period.

But it was a completely different story after the break as we really used the weather to our advantage, and how we didn’t win, I’ll never know.

My plan when I came on was just to shoot from anywhere, because the windy and wet conditions were terrible for goalkeepers.

I scored one which I didn’t strike that well but flew into the net with the wind behind it, and had another disallowed after their goalkeeper spilled a shot. I still don’t think it was offside, although I’ve seen it again and it’s not really clear from the camera angle.

When you want to gain promotion, you have to get points in weather like that, and that’s what we did. It shows we’re not just a passing side, we know how to grind out results as well.

Deon Burton said at half-time that I would score after Sam had been sent off, so perhaps it was fate.

I know Deon from our time together at Sheffield Wednesday, and it’s good to play alongside him again.

It was my first goal since the start of last season and I think I’m just getting my luck back in front of goal again. I’ve not played in this league for over three years now and hopefully I can just keep on scoring.

Now I just need to get my head down and work really hard. I’m out of contract with Wednesday in the summer, but I’m not thinking about what will happen then. You can never predict how things will turn out, so my future could still be at Hillsborough.

That’s down to both clubs, and it’s down to the manager, but I’m enjoying my football at the moment and long may that continue.

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More