Saturday, October 28, 2006

Clean sheet gives Charlton an away point

It was double Bent up front for Charlton at St.James's Park, although Marcus Bent was forecast to play on the left in a 4-5-1 writes Erith Addick 'On the Toon' Paul May. As the game went on, they seemed to switch between that formation and 4-5-1 and 4-4-2.

A clever header by Darren Bent had to be watched carefully by Barcodes keeper Harper. Newcastle launched an attack, won a thrown in by the corner, Parker put in a ball, Carson fumbled, Rossi tried to take advantage of the rebound but was unable to do so. Carson needed some treatment to his face after the whack from Rossi with his knee and was holding the back of his neck. Referee Dean had a word with Rossi.

The Barcodes won a free kick level with the edge of the Charlton box, Solano took the kick, but Luke Young headed it away. A shot from Duff was deflected off Hreidarsson for a Newcastle corner which was cleared.

Faye took the ball away from Solano for a Charlton goal kick. Scott Parker put in an effort from 25 yards which was just wide. Newcastle had the bulk of the possession in the first 15 minutes, but Charlton were defending well. Marcus Bent gave the ball away and Rossi sent a shot past Carson's left hand post.

Hreidarsson had to chest the ball behind for a Barcodes corner which was headed away by Faye and controlled by Holland. Carr got away down the right, but Holland managed to close him down. But Newcastle surged forward again and Luke Young had to put the ball behind for a Barcodes corner which was cleared by Marcus Bent and then by Holland.

Another cross defended by Marcus Bent led to another Barcodes corner which was cleared by Holland towards Rommedahl who was quickly outnumbered. Parker beat Faye again, but El Karkouri did enough to knock Parker off the ball.

Charlton won a corner taken by Reid which was punched away rather uncertainly by Harper. An effort by Rossi was blocked by El Karkouri. Young started a decent move, but the final ball to Darren Bent was not quite good enough.

Rommedahl burst down the right, but the ball was claimed by an uncertain Harper. Duff went down in the area after an innocuous challenge outside the box from the gloved Diawara, but referee Dean was having none of it, judging that the defender was trying to get out of the way.

Glenn Roeder went ballistic about an offside decision in favour of Charlton and was spoken to by the fourth official. Diawara failed to control the ball, but Solano blasted wide from seven yards on the half hour mark.

Faye was booked for a clumsy challenge on N'Zogbia. The pace of the game was slowing down and the home crowd was becoming more subdued. Rommedahl shot tamely at Harper from distance. Darren Bent expressed unhappiness at the delivery of a ball from the Charlton midfield.

Rossi forced himself into the box, Carson was exposed to danger after he made the tackle and the ball was eventually cleared off the line after hitting the bar in the best chance of the half for Newcastle. Carson made a good save from the unmarked N'Zogbia. Marcus Bent put in a shot that was saved by Harper.

Rossi had the goal at his mercy from seven yards out, but Diawara made a perfectly timed tackle at the expense of a corner. The corner was hammered away by Marcus Bent.

Charlton had defended well, particularly Diawara, and Reid came into the game more as the half went on. Harper had a Dracula problem seeming not to like crosses and that needed to be exploited.

Half time: Barcodes 0, Addicks 0

A shot by Duff was cleared by Carson. If Rommedahl, who had been fed by Marcus Bent, could have found Bent earlier, he was unmarked in the middle of the box. Solano fed Duff but El Karkouri cleared the ball, frustrating what would have been a good chance.

Newcastle won a corner through Butt and Moore's header went miles over the crossbar.
Reid put in a decent effort but Harper was able to position himself to save. Young made a great run down the right and Harper punched out under no real pressure from Marcus Bent. Rommedahl found some space on the right, but he had no help and the Barcodes were able to win the ball back.

After a scramble by the byline, the Barcodes won another corner. A Scott Parker half volley skimmed over the crossbar.

After a misplaced pass by Faye created danger, Carson had to make a great save from Duff. After Charlton had tried to launch an attack, Duff took on Diawara and his shot hit the side netting, reviving the home crowd. Bryan Hughes was brought on to replace the far from impressive Marcus Bent, creating the 'double H'. It looked as if Reid was going out to the left, although he tended to drift into the centre.

A rather odd attack around the 60 minute mark involving Hreidarsson and El Karkouri, ended with El K smashing the ball over the crossbar although Holland was in the penalty area. An El K free kick from the centre circle went to Harper.

Duff got the hump because he wasn't given a free kick after a great tackle by Diawara. Reid pulled up and was hobbling a bit, but he shook the knock off. N'Zogbia caught Rommedahl and the Addicks won a free kick in a promising position, reflecting a few minutes of Charlton pressure. Reid took it, leading to a Charlton corner after a sliced clearance by Moore. The ball was punched away by Harper as the halfway point in the second half approached. The Newcastle fans seemed to be uneasy.

Darren Bent went down the left, he passed to Hughes, but his effort from distance went well wide. A mistake by Bramble gave Bent a golden chance, but he snatched at the shot and somehow he missed despite having time and space.

Newcastle got a free kick on the right. Reid was unable to continue and was replaced by Kishishev. Hughes went out to the left. An attempt by Rommedahl to clear gave the Barcodes a corner. Fortunately it was not productive for the Barcodes.
Hughes over hit a pass which could have found Bent in a good position.

Duff went down on the D for a free kick for Newcastle after an unnecessary challenge by Diawra. Rossi's effort went just over the top of the crossbar. El K was given a talking to by referee Dean as the game entered the last ten minutes.

Rommedahl found some space and a great chance was created but Hughes shot just wide from the edge of the penalty area. Bent broke away but his effort went into the arms of Harper. Kishishev broke down the right and won a corner which was taken quickly. The ball was flicked on by Darren Bent at the far post, but no one could get a touch. Another good chance was lost. Milner was brought on.

Charlton were coming more and more into the game. Luke Young was brought down by Scott Parker, but the free kick was wasted. Rossi was dispossessed by Diawara on the edge of the penalty area.

N'Zogbia went for goal and it was touched wide by Carson for a corner as the game entered stoppage time. Darren Bent headed the ball away. Three minutes of time were added on. The Barcodes won another corner and Darren Bent cleared again. Rommedahl went away on the right and was fouled cynically by Barbayaro who got a yellow card. Bent sent the free kick straight at Harper and boos rang around the ground as the referee blew the whistle.

Charlton have now been unbeaten in three consecutive games in which they kept another clean sheet, but they have also scored only one goal in those games. If only some of the chances in the second half could have been converted. An away point is useful but we remain on the bottom.


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