A nerve jangling end to a game that City were strolling, taking a surperb glancing header from Subsitute Camaron Jerome from a pin point cross from his fellow Sub Wes Hoolahan to secure the points in an encounter where it would not be unfair to the hosts to say calculators should have been out counting.
Just when City's old troubles started to look like a thing of the past, comfortably bossing the game thy slipped back to old habits, allowing a very poor Charlton to not only get back into it, but to draw level, many watching and listening in on the Radio could easily be forgiven for thinking the home side would go on and sneak three points.
But there is something new about City despite the old failings once again rearing their ugly heads, determination, fight and desire was also evident as they took control once again and edged in front just enough to secure a very valuable three more points, much needed as the top of the League gets tigher.
In every area City looked a solid unit, playing controlled passing football, not rushing but carefully drawing Charlton out and trying to sieze the final magic ball only time before they opened the scoring, That came in the 14 minute, Johnson won the ball on half way feeding Grabban through who did exceptionaly well to cut it into the path of Howson who finished clinicaly.
Johnson was again invloved in City's second, heading the ball right into the path of Grabban, with the keeper off his line the striker cooly and calmly lobbed the ball perfectly into the net. With the home venting their anger and feelings at the clubs top brass, it looked a formality in the second half to wrap up the points.
City started much they finished the first half, with slick passing and high tempo, looking comfortable perhaps enough to see the game out and hold onto the two goal lead. They say old habits die hard and soon City reverted to an all too familar pattern of giving the ball away and losing possession far too easily. The home side captilized on this and clawed their way back into a game they had little right to do. First, Watt got between Martin and evaded Bassong to slot home. then a few minutes later Vetokele found himself on the end of a parried shot from Ruddy to tuck the ball home.
This gave the once jeering home crowd the lift they neded to get behind their unlikely heros and drive the home side to all the spoils. Hoolahan who had been brought on earlier in place of an ineffective Hooper, was again a villan and hero in one game, giving the ball away far too cheaply causing many to get frustrated with the little man. But he again proved what a player he can be when his 83rd minute pin point cross was met perfectly by leading scorer Jerome, who glanced a perfect header into the corner of the goal with the home keeper a mere spectator, to claim his 15 of the season.
Still City had to see out the remaining 7 minutes only to hear that the officials added another 5 minutes adding to the already jangling nerves of all thise in Yellow.
Alex Neil will no doubt be working his players hard after this, trying to eradicate these costly lapses, it looked to all that he started venting his feelings before his players got off the pitch with Martin Olsson appearing to get the drift of his managers ideas first.
A nervy victory, but still a victory, yes City should have been out of sight long before the Charlton come back. But they didn't collapse instead they rallied took control again how be it not so convincingly enough to take the points and see out the remaining time. There were much more on the positive side than on the negative side.
Wolves next up, they recorded a very good victory at Huddersfield seeing off the home side 4-1, I feel City will have to be a lot sharper in front of goal plus cut out thiese costly lapses.