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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Charlton 1 Man City 0

So sweet revenge for last seasons defeat although its obvious that we rode our luck, with Scott Carson getting the Man-of-the-match award from most people including our own Wyn Grant, and with most of the papers saying the game should have been a draw.

The independent gets the ball rolling with its straight talking and says that we'll need to play better than yesterday if we are to survive and suggests that we had more than enough of good luck thrown in.

The observer, meanwhile, gets a little excited and thinks its our first league win of the season while good old auntie bbc says that any late City equaliser would have been rough on the Addicks.

Down at the telegraph they think that the result was all due to the heroics of Scott Carson and that City "can count themselves unlucky to have lost a contest in which they were marginally superior "
while the neutral sportinglife simply points out City's "three golden chances" in the last 10 minutes.

The times was another who saw a draw being a more fair result while teamtalk gave the man-of-the-match award to Jerry Thomas with his 28th minute cross and goal-line clearances.

The official line from cafc again points out our good luck but reminds us of our miserable afternoon in the corresponding fixture last season which after all the above twaddle is all that matters really.

So discounting our apparent luck, which was bound to change some time, and our position in the "temporary" Premiership table, we are now only one less point than Curbs gave us last season against the same teams (substituting Sunderland for Watford). Our 11 games under Curbs, against the same opponents, gave us 9 points, from 2 wins and 3 draws with 6 defeats. We had 7 goals for and 15 against, so a -8 goal difference.

This season with Monica we have 8 points from 2 wins and 2 draws and with 7 defeats. And showing that team formations don't mean a thing, we have scored and conceded exactly the same with 7 goals for and 15 against. So you can argue that the only difference from last season has been the point we got away at Chelski .

And we mustn't get too upset about both Watford and Sheff. U winning. They're both going down so we need other teams to get above to make ourselves safe and they have done us a favour by dragging Newcastle and Middlesbrough into the infamous R. Zone.

The Addicks team was: Carson; Young, Hreidarsson, El Karkouri, Diawara; Rommedahl (Hughes 46), Faye, Holland, Reid (Hasselbaink 87), Thomas; D Bent.

Subs (not used): Andersen, Kishishev, M Bent.
Goals: D Bent 28
Booked: El Karkouri 67 (foul on Vassell)

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