Saturday, April 15, 2006

Defensive weaknesses back again

The final scoreline of 2-1 had been recorded by the half hour mark when Boa Morte scored his second goal for Fulham and after that Charlton were chasing a game once again, writes Erith Addick Paul May. We thought that the defensive weaknesses that had plagued us mid-season had been eradicated, but they have returned to haunt us.

Charlton started brightly enough and did not look too haunted by their mid-week cup exit. It was a free kick that caught us out at Boro. Boa Morte took a free kick from wide on the right and Myhre, whose form suddenly seemes to be slipping, stayed rooted to the near post as the low strike found the back of the net to make it 1-0 after 15 minites.

Charlton equalised 11 minutes later. Ambrose had put in a decent inswinging corner which Niemi in the Cottagers goal managed to palm away. However, the Herminator diverted the rebound straight into the path of Euell and Jase scored his first goal of the season with a clever header that left Niemi looking into Finn air.

The Addicks then nearly went ahead straight from the restart when an effort by Darren Bent was blocked by the feet of Niemi who had finally woken up to the fact that JJ wasn't in the side.

It was a shame that this chance was missed as within minutes Fulham were ahaed again. A flick on by Heiguson was picked up by Boa Morte who ran at the Charlton defence. He was able to find enough space to put in a shot across the face of goal and past Myhre's arm.

Darren Bent nearly got Charlton back in it, but his looping header bounced twice on top of the bar, suggesting to me that Charlton aren't getting a lot of luck.

The Addicks still looked up for it as the second half opened and Holland put in a decent attempt from the edge of the area which was headed clear. Kish was pulled off for Thomas on 60 minutes. The Addicks had lacked width throughout with Rommedahl not even on the bench, although he was not an unqualified success at Boro. Bothroyd replaced Holland on 80 minutes in a last desperate effort to even the score.

The Addicks came close in the closing minutes. Niemi had to make a first class save to deal with a right footed shot by Marcus Bent, already written off by many of the Addickted. Then Hreidarsson had a close range header, but once again Niemi was able to make the save.

Cryptic remarks by Curbs on Radio 5 after the game suggested that, with the England job now out of the reckoning, he is going to give serious thought to his future over the summer.


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