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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Chelski 2 Charlton 1

A defeat is bad news in anyones book so its time to look around this Sunday morning for scraps of consolation in any form before we put this game behind us.

The first result that appears is from Scouseland and I suppose it must be pretty shitty this morning to be a Liverpool supporter. Hammered seems the appropriate word, 3-0 in their worst derby result for 42 years but of course someone elses misery doesn't help us much.

The official cafc report cheers us up a bit but can never be taken too seriously especially when defeat is concerned.

The independent is more level-headed in its mood with a headline of "Chelsea ride their luck after dominating first period" and gives good write-ups to Scott Carson for "an assured display" and Dennis Rommedahl who apparently had a good afternoon after replacing Andy Reid that included the cross for Jimmy-Floyds goal. Such a well-taken goal and, with Hasselbaink not chosing to celebrate the event, he was even applauded by the Chelsea fans, a rare event indeed.

The telegraph spends more time boring us about a substitute called Cole rather than telling us how the game went but does say that we were a little hard done by to have the "equaliser" by Marcus Bent ruled out for hand-ball.

The Sporting Life tells us we not only lost 2-1 in goals, but cheers us up by reminding us that we also lost 6-3 in corners, 2-1 in yellow cards, and 6-2 in shots on target.

The guardian as usual is the most biased against us ( strange that ) and gives it easily to Chelski.

On the team front, Monica had, unsurprisingly, chosen to remain with his favorite 4-4-2 that included only one change for the Bolton game, that of Diawara in defence in place of the Herminator, and so included the ubiquitous Brian Hughes. No sign of the late signing, Omar Pouso, and the doubts of another paperwork rejection comes to mind.

And it seems we have more bad news awaiting us next week with the injuries to Diawara and Reid. These have clearly upset Monica "both are muscular injuries. I hate muscular injuries and its something we strive to prevent. It's no coincidence that they didn't do pre-season with us; that's what happens when you sign players late and they haven't had the same preparation." More reshuffling of the pack for the next game it seems.

But then the real season obviously begins next Saturday. Out of the way are 2 of the 6 games against the "unbeatable" trio of Cheski, Manure and Arsenal and all we have on Saturday is little old Pompey who, after Harry summer tinkering, are now surprisingly at up to 2nd place with no goals conceded. Shades of the Addicks last year perhaps.

Charlton: Carson; Young, Traore (Kishishev 50), El Karkouri, Diawara (M Bent 64); Ambrose, Faye, Hughes, Reid(Rommedahl 30); Hasselbaink, D Bent.

Subs (not used): Myhre, Holland.

Goal: Hasselbaink 54

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