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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Murphy on his way?

Curbs revealed after the Addick's 0-0 draw against West Brom that 'something could happen' between now and midnight but if it does it would be 'of Murphy's making'. The deal with Spurs would presumably involve cash and Anthony Gardner coming to The Valley. The sulky Scouser has clearly been out of sorts at Charlton for some time and, for all his skill, there is little value in a player that does not want to play for the club.

Charlton fans who expected the home tie against the Baggies to be an easy three points booed the team off after the game. However, it was a game in which both keepers excelled, writes Erith Addick Paul May. Myhre kept out an effort from Greening while Kuszack got his hand to a good effort from Bryan Hughes.

The first phase of the game was tepid and had bore draw written all over it, but the last fifteen minutes saw an upping of the pace. Bent managed to evade three Baggies defenders but then put his shot wide of the post. Smertin burst through, but put his shot wide. Horsfield met an excellent cross from Greening, but the on form Myhre kept the header out by pushing the ball on to the post. Holland, who picked up a knock on Saturday, was replaced by Kishishev on 43 minutes.

In the second half, following the curling shot from Hughes, Davies had to act decisively to block Ambrose. He then had to act again to deny Bent. Late appearances by Thomas on 72 minutes and Bothroyd on 83 did nothing to turn the game around. Marcus Bent had a penalty shout when he went down under pressure from Robinson, but referee Peter Walton was having none of it. A late effort by Luke Young was diverted on to the post by Kuszczak.

A disappointing evening for Charlton, and a dreary and scrappy match, but the lsson is that you should never read results off the table.

3 Comments:

Blogger Ken J said...

From what I heard from the radio commentary, the booing at the ned seemed harsh - if indeed it was directed at Charlton players. The basic bob bores from Birmingham deserved to be booed for their minor league level game stifling tactics. OR perhaps the boos were directed towards that misguided individual with a flag on the touchline - sorely in need of a refresher course on the offside rules. Thanks to that twit, Bothroyd was cheated out of an opportunity to once again be our late goal hero!

1:53 AM  
Blogger Ken J said...

Oh yes, and as for Murphy...good riddance. We are a better club without you.

1:55 AM  
Blogger Steve0 said...

It was a poor result for us, but only a handful of idiots booed the boys off. Generally, both teams worked hard, and we were frustrated by tight marking and well worked offside traps. I thought Marcus Bent gave 110% and showed some very good touches and distribution. Luke Young had one of his rare off days. Still it's another point in the bag.

9:30 AM  

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