Monday, October 16, 2006

Luxury player turns scales against Addicks

So-called luxury ex-Addick Claus Jensen came on a susbtitute after a year away from the game at the Cottage tonight and turned the match on its head. Charlton had edged the first half, but his appearance inspired the Cottagers with McBride scoring and then Jensen himself making it 2-0 three minutes later. Darren Bent then scored a consolation goal.

It was good to see Diawara and his gloves back in for Fortune, reports Erith Addick Paul May from the Cottage. Former Addick Claus Jensen was on the bench for Fulham while Jerome Thomas, returning from injury, was on the bench for the Addicks.

Both sides started rather tentatively and continued in that vein for some time. Hughes made a mistake in midfield, surrendering possession to Fulham, but Hreidarsson put the ball out for a throw in by the corner flag. Reid was effective in midfield.

Good work involving Darren Bent produced a Charlton corner for Reid to take. Fulham cleared and then there was a poor touch by El Karkouri that led to a Fulham throw in.
Charlton gave the ball away again in midfield but Helguson could not keep his header down. El K brought Helguson down and was given a yellow card.

Charlton broke after a convenient interception by referee Styles, but then gave the ball away. Fulham won their first corner on the quarter hour. Routledge's ball was poor. Fulham broke away with Radzinski but Rommedahl's pace enabled him to cover.

Bent tried a shot from distance with a long curling effort which went a few yards over the bar. Rommedahl turned provider for Hasselbaink but he stumbled over the ball and Fulham counter attacked. However, Charlton got the ball back.

Fulham were given a free kick after Rommedahl had knocked the wind out of Radzinski who went down. Neither side seemed able to keep possession for long. Rommedahl had a chance to shoot with a clear route to goal but he pulled the ball back for Hasselbaink whose effort was comfortably saved by Niemi.

Charlton won a corner taken by Reid, but it was easily cleared. Fulham surged forward but Diawara defended well. Rommedahl stormed forward and with Bent turning provider the Dane put in a shot that went wide. Rommedahl then gave the ball to Hasselbaink, but it was cut out by Knight.

The home crowd was getting a little restless with Charlton edging the match. Scott Carson had to come forward and head the ball from outside his area after some indecision in the Charlton defence. Hughes made a shocking pass.

Knight had to put a Rommedahl ball behind for a corner which was taken by the Dane, but it was headed clear by McBride. Reid, released by Rommedahl (who was clattered by Queudrue), put in a shot that was a few yards wide.

Charlton won another corner taken by Rommedahl, but it was wasted. Diawara made an excellent clearing header in stoppage time. There were a few boos from the Cottagers as the half time whistle blew.

Half time: Cottagers 0, Addicks 0

An early free kick by El K was struck through the wall but went wide of the post. McBride tried a shot, but it hit the Herminator in a painful place and he went down.
Hughes put in a good cross but Reid and Hasselbaink were unable to connect. Fulham took a quick free kick and McBride launched a volley which went straight at Carson.

Rommedahl was tripped by Queudrue, who had been having a go at the Dane all evening, and got a well deserved yellow card. The free kick was dealt with easily by Knight.
Claus Jensen came on for his first Premiership appearance in twelve months to replace Helguson. The so-called luxury player had an immediate impact on the game, causing a few problems.

Fulham were stepping up their game and Claus Jensen won a corner. Routledge's corner was headed away by Faye, Routledge tried to play the ball in, but Hughes read the situation well. Charlton were being forced back into their half. McBride scored from some twenty yards out on 65 minutes, driving to Scott Carson's left. Radzinski put in a volley which was just over the bar with Carson motionless on his line.

Jensen then made it 2-0 on 68 minutes to add to Charlton's problems. Dowie decided to bring on Marcus Bent and Jerome Thomas replacing Hughes and Hasselbaink. Diawara hurt himself in a tackle.

Jerome Thomas twisted and turned in the box and after a clumsy challenge by Diop everyone stopped for a penalty appeal and Darren Bent was given enough space to put the ball in the net to make it 2-1. Fulham brought on Volz to replace Routledge and the injured Diawara was replaced by Holland, Faye dropping back into central defence.

Poor defending by Faye created an opportunity for Fulham. A free kick was awarded for a foul on the fading Rommedahl. Reid's free kick was very poor, going out of play down by the neutral supporters.

Charlton won a corner, it was taken short and Hreidarsson missed a golden chance to score from Reid's ball putting his glancing header just wide. Reid upended Rosenor in the dying minutes and got a yellow card.

The same result as last year, but this time it left Charlton rooted at the bottom of the table. Bring on Watford!


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