Wednesday, October 25, 2006

One is enough to defeat Bolton again

Both sides made six changes from Saturday's matches, Bolton playing a 4-3-3 formation and the Addicks 4-4-2 with Hasselbaink and Marcus Bent up front, reports Erith Addick Paul Mayfrom The Valley. The teams changed ends with Charlton kicking towards the Covered End.

The unmarked Stelios 'my name is too big for my shirt' had an early opportunity, but although he could got his head to it the ball flashed well wide. Stelios had drifted into the large gap between Hreidarsson and Fortune. Bolton were enjoying the early possession and territorial advantage in front of the 10,788 crowd. A free kick into the area came off El K's backside and went into the arms of Myhre.

Davies passed well to Stelios, but Fortune made the block. Bolton continued to dominate, passing fluently. With ten minutes gone, Hasselbaink and Marcus Bent had barely touched the ball. Vaz Té made an acrobatic kick which drifted just wide. The Addicks were dropping too deep.

Kishishev made a great 65 yard cross to Luke Young and Pedersen put it out for a throw. Holland's ball went beyond Marcus Bent. A Walker clearance after a Hreidarsson's speculative ball forward came off the Bolton centre half for a Charlton corner. The Herminator got a good head on to the Hughes corner but it went well wide.

Hasselbaink found space and burst through, turned well and made a superb delivery into the box and Marcus Bent buried it into the left-hand corner to make it 1-0 to the Addicks, becoming the third Addicks goal scorer of the season. Bolton won a free kick at the other end, it rolled into the path of Speed but Myhre gathered. Myhre took a risk by rolling the ball out.

Charlton got a free kick about 30 yards out. El Karkouri did not come up to take it after his recent poor performance at free kicks. Hasselbaink put it over the wall but it was collected by veteran keeper Walker. A clearance downfield caused danger with Myhre coming out.

Charlton were keeping the ball better, but the match became a little scrappy, reinforced by the number of free kicks being given. Hasselbaink was fouled from behind by Ben Haim, but the free kick was not productive. Subsequently, Ben Haim got a yellow card for repeated fouling. Following the resultant free kick, Jerome Thomas made a decent effort, but it was blocked by a Bolton defender.

Bent claimed that he was fouled in the box, but it didn't look like a penalty. Kishishev provided good shielding of the ball and made a decent challenge, the Bolton attack ending in a goal kick as a result. Charlton got another free kick in the Bolton half, but Hasselbaink's effort from more than 30 yards was saved far from easily by Walker.

Hughes, Bent and Thomas combined in a good build up, but Charlton were forced back into their half. Stelios fouled Thomas who had to be initially lifted on the stretcher after he fell quickly clutching the bottom of his spine, but then he made his own way off to be led down the tunnel, a big blow for the Addicks as he looked as if he would be out for a few weeks. Hughes took the free kick and the Herminator headed it down into the arms of Walker. Ambrose came on to replace Thomas, leaving Charlton without any width other than through Luke Young. A Bolton effort went straight at Myhre which gave him something to do.

Ben Haim made a mistake and there was good passing movement by Charlton. Ambrose played in Hasselbaink, but Walker saved.

Half time: Addicks 1, Whites 0

Stelios tumbled over in the box under a challenge from the Herminator in the first ten seconds, but experienced referee Gallagher was having none of it. Davies was then judged to have pushed Fortune to the ground, leading to an Addicks free kick.

Hunt headed behind for a Charlton corner. The effort by Hughes went to the back post but no Charlton player was able to connect and Bolton got a throw. Marcus Bent put in a good cross but it was too high for Hasselbaink to connect.

Kish played a great reverse pass, Charlton broke, but Hasselbaink's header was a foot over from Holland who made a great run down the left to deliver a cross. This was good football by Charlton. Holland was looking increasingly influential.

Bolton made a rare attack involving Davies and a Fortune tackle led to a Bolton corner. A free header for Ben Haim went wide with Fortune caught wrong side. 19-year old American Johann Smith wearing bright blue boots came on in place of Bolton's Iranian international for his first appearance for the Whites. Smith showed that he had some pace and an attacking instinct.

Davies outwitted Fortune but Myhre made a great save with his legs. A Bolton free kick to the back post was headed wide by Ben Haim. Charlton made a good break, but Hasselbaink's header was well wide. Hasselbaink was caught offside after an intelligent pass by Ambrose.

Davies was denied by a challenge from Hreidarsson and Charlton won the goal kick. Hasselbaink made an effort from 35 yards from a pass by Marcus Bent and won a corner. The corner from Hughes was headed away by Davies. A good cross glanced off Hreidarsson's head.

Hughes was limping. Holland continued to play well. Hughes burst away, but Hasselbaink's effort went wide. Hughes gave the ball away to Stelios. Davies was tackled by Luke Young and the ball went back to Walker. A cross from Hunt was headed over the bar by Davies from six yards out, Young's well judged presence putting him off balance.

Smith put a good ball in and it was cut out at the near post by El K for a Bolton corner. Pedersen was replaced by a Polish defender who had only appeared once before for Bolton. Stelios took the corner, but it was cleared by Kish. Bolton were pinning the Addicks down in their own half. Ambrose put in an effort from distance that was saved easily enough by Walker as the game went into the last fifteen minutes.

Vaz Té flashed a shot across the front of goal after some confusion in the Charlton defence. Luke Young defended well at the expense of a Bolton throw in by the corner flag, but Campo's effort was headed away by Hughes (Campo having replaced Speed in a like for like switch, although the Spainard was more influential). Vaz Té's cross was headed over the crossbar by Smith with Luke Young putting him off. An effort by Tal was blocked by Fortune at the expense of a corner. The corner by Stelios was caught comfortably by Myhre.

Smith won another corner for Bolton at the expense of Luke Young. Marcus Bent just saved a second corner at the expense of a Bolton throw. Sankofa came on at left back to replace El Karkouri, a somewhat surprising change given that the Addicks were under some pressure. Sankofa headed the ball behind for a Bolton corner from an effort by Campo. The corner was headed away and Tal put in a poor ball leading to a Charlton goal kick with around seven minutes left.

There was danger from a Bolton corner but Hreidarsson blocked the shot and Myhre made the save with four minutes to play. Rommedahl was brought on for Kishishev.
Rommedahl received the ball but failed to control it. Tal tried a shot but it deflected and Myhre gathered it.

Ambrose made a good tackle, but Bolton got the ball back. Hasselbaink fouled Smith and gave Bolton a free kick in a potentially dangerous position. Campo's effort was wide. There were three minutes of time added on. Sankofa conceded an avoidable corner. Walker came forward for the corner, but Campo put it wide. Iain Dowie was going ballistic, as was his holiday partner Allerdyce. Marcus Bent shot wide. Then the whistle blew, Charlton have withstood the second half pressure and kept a clean sheet. It must be a boost to morale.


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