Wednesday, February 22, 2006

To the Londoners 0-0

There were quite a few changes in the Charlton side reports No.1 Iceland Addick Olafur Johansson from St.James's Park. As expected, Marcus Bent joined his namesake up front, although he played wide on the right in an effective 4-5-1 formation, while Holland replaced Smertin who was rested. Thomas was injured and was replaced by Ambrose and Spector stood in for Powell. The reserve goalkeeper's place was taken by Mr D Randolph after Mr Andersen was injured in training.

The Newcastle side was led out by Mr Scottish Parker whom I last saw playing for Charlton but is now a local hero on the banks of the River Tyne. Bryan Hughes tried to latch on to a Barcodes clearance, but Darren Bent was ruled offside. The referee, Mr Rennie, had a long conversation with my Icelandic hero, Hermann Hreidarsson, and I do not think it was about the Blue Lagoon thermal baths near my home in Grindavik.

A Newcastle free kick was headed away by Perry. Charlton looked lively and positive. A well struck Bryan Hughes volley went fractionally wide. Ameobi broke for Newcastle's first sight on goal, but the shot was dealt with by Myhre. An effort by Bryan Hughes won Charlton's first corner, but it was headed away.

Bowyer won a corner for the Barcodes. The curling corner went on to the crossbar and out for a goal kick. Newcastle advanced again with Spector out manoeuvred but Chris Perry did well to deny the Barcodes an effective shot on goal. Ambrose went down from a Bowyer challenge and he was left holding his ankle. Mr Parker handled the ball and a free kick was awarded. The shot on target by Ambrose was saved by Mr Given.

Darren Ambrose advanced on goal and got past two defenders, but was crowded out by the third. Spector conceded a corner kick, but Bryan Hughes was able to clear. Ambrose put in a good cross. Bramble put in a long clearance which required effective action by Hreidarsson who headed it back to Perry. Newcastle got a free header but Myhre was well positioned.

Luke Young was given a yellow card for a retaliatory foul on Mr Parker after he had been denied a free kick for a foul by Parker. Ameobi put the ball in the net, but the flag had already been raised by the alert linesman. Chris Perry had to receive treatment.

Parker fouled Ambrose from behind and was shown a yellow card. Bryan Hughes picked up a knock. The Barcodes broke on the right, but Myhre gathered the ball. A Bryan Hughes drive was blocked by a Newcastle defender. A lively first half in which honours were even.

Half time: Barcodes 0, Addicks 0

Myhre did not like a back pass from Hreidarsson. Ameobi broke through and Myhre was left lying in a heap following a knee in the face after he made the block. He still did not look at his best a few minutes later. Solano put in a potentially dangerous ball but Luke Young headed it away.

Darren Bent won Charlton a corner after it looked as if Bramble had pulled a hamstring and had to be substituted. Ambrose's corner was not well taken and it went out for a goal kick. Parker won a corner kick under a challenge from Luke Young. Marcus Bent headed it away, but it was not cleared. The Addicks broke four on two and Bent was pushed over with a shoulder, but there was no penalty.

A free kick was awarded to the Barcodes in a dangerous position and Charlton had to resort to some pressured defending. Bent (D) broke into the penalty area, but the ball was nicked away from him. Newcastle broke forward but Hughes won the ball. Ambrose got a yellow card for a challenge.

Ameobi went down after a challenge from Perry in the box, making the most of it by writhing around. Bryan Hughes was brought off in favour of Euell. Holland drove in a shot from 25 yards and Given had to make a good save by diving to his right.

Hreidarsson conceded a corner and Ameobi headed over the angle of crossbar and post from a few yards out. Good work by Marcus Bent with a great run from deep led to a Charlton corner. Given was able to collect the Ambrose corner. Darren Bent was denied by Given. A Newcastle shot bounced off the top of the crossbar.

A cross came in but Darren Bent could not connect. A shot by Ambrose was deflected giving Charlton a corner with five minutes to go, but it ended in an offside decision. Newcastle broke, but Luke Young made a great tackle having run 60 yards.
Charlton won another corner, but Hreidarsson's header went over the bar. A Kishishev volley went well wide.

Three minutes of time were added on as the Barcode supporters headed for the exit. We would have taken a point before the start.


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