Sunday, April 02, 2006

Myhre tears up the headlines

Thomas Myhre tore up the headlines by denying birthday boy Teddy Sherringham a goal with a tremedous save at the Boleyn Ground. Charlton will be pleased to have got the away point through resolute defending while the Irons will feel they did not make use of the chances they had.

A torrential downpour of rain just before kick off was followed by the sun breaking through at Upton Park, writes Erith Addick Paul May. But whether a rainbow in the distance was a good omen for either side remained to be seen. Rommedahl came in for Thomas with Bryan Hughes starting on the left allowing Romm to play on the right.

Neither side established dominance in the opening minutes. Rommedahl put a good ball down the line but only Darren Bent was there to receive it and it drifted out for a throw in. A shot by Harewood took a deflection and led to an Irons corner. Charlton were under pressure for a short while before they cleared the ball. Ashton was unable to make use of an opportunity created by a run. Curbs came out from the dugout to the edge of his technical area.

The Addicks put on the pressure after a free kick, keeping possession well, while the Irons had problems in clearing their lines. The first quarter hour was generally rather scrappy, however.

Young won the ball well off Konchesky, Rommedahl tried to turn provider for Darren Bent, but the move didn't work. As the halfway point in the half was reached, the game had not really taken fire with two evenly matched sides playing quite cautiously. Darren Bent seemed a little below par failing to take advantage of a good ball from Chris Powell. Hislop did not look at ease with his defence and needed to be pressurised more.

Luke Young got an important tackle in but conceded a corner kick in the process. Myhre gathered comfortably. Referee Styles had to come across and calm Pardew down, the fourth official having failed in his efforts. Rommedahl put in an effort, but the Irons defence were able to head it away. Young got a yellow card for a late tackle on Mullings, in effect retaliating when Styles failed to recognise a foul on him by Harewood.

A warm up by Sherringham produced the most enthusiastic response of the afternoon so far from the home support. Etherington won a free kick after he was tackled by Kish.
Konchesky's free kick failed to create anything for the Irons. Hughes got past Ferdinand well and Konchesky had to put the ball out for Charlton's first corner.

West Ham broke forward but Konchesky's final ball went straight into Myhre's arms. The ball broke well for Ferdinand, Darren Bent failing to track him back all the way, and he shot into the side netting.

Kishishev's first touch was poor and he then just hooked the ball into the box. Bent was caught offside. Harewood had an effort with his right foot and the alert Myhre had to make a low save to his right. Darren Bent had a try from 20 yards which drifted wide but the attempt was worth making.

Half time: Irons 0, Addicks 0

Sherringham was brought on in place of Ashton to try and provide a story for the Monday papers. Charlton won an early corner, the Irons conceding a second from Romm's effort. This time the Irons cleared.

The Irons won a corner which was taken short and headed away. Konchesky put a ball across the front of goal which may have been a shot but no one connected. A move started by Rommedahl led to a Charlton corner, but it was unproductive. Rommedahl won the Addicks another corner. The ball came back to him and he won another corner.
then a third as the Addicks kept up the pressure. This time a Charlton throw in was the result.

Perry blocked a run by Harewood who tried to muscle past him. A quickly taken free kick from 35 yards out by Collins was not far over the bar. Charlton had a moment of pressure, but the Irons were able to clear and then win a corner off Luke Young.
The Herminator cleared comfortably with a header. Luke Young was limping from the encounter with Konchesky and Spector got ready as Young received treatment.

A sliced clearance from Perry gave the Irons another corner. Darren Bent got a header on it but the Irons won a second corner. Spector was able to clear after some initial confusion. Sherringham was penalised for pushing.

Matt Holland won a corner kick following a good passing movement. Hughes tried to get contact off a Perry flick on but failed to score the opening goal. Hughes conceded a corner. Thomas was brought on and somewhat surprisingly, given his contribution, Rommedahl was taken off. Marcus Bent made a poor snap shot when he should have laid the ball off to Thomas.

A counter attack down the right led to an Irons corner. Marcus Bent made a poor clearance. Holland made an attempt but it went wide and he was furious with himself.
Spector looked under pressure. The Irons brought on Zamora withdrawing Reo Coker.

Etherington won a corner off Kish. It was cleared off the line by Kish as Zamora threatened to score from a powerful header. The Irons won yet another corner with the match in its last ten minutes, but the ball was cleared. Spector defended well to deny Etherington a corner.

A ball from Harewood was well read by Hreidarsson with Zamora threatening. Myhre made a tremendous save to deny Sherringham a birthday goal from the corner. Konchesky put in a good ball but fortunately he ended up on the roof of the net. Harewood was taken off for the Irons and a second Israeli international brought on while Bothroyd replaced the unimpressive Marcus Bent.

Hreidarsson read Zamora well. Charlton were defending deep in the closing minutes. Three minutes of time were added on. Kishishev made a great last ditch tackle to ease the pressure. Thomas was closed down by three West Ham players. Spector closed down a Konchesky cross at the expense of a corner, but the Irons failed to make use of a free header. Charlton confirmed that they are away goalless draw specialists.


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