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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Portsmouth 0 Charlton 1

In years to come senile Grandfathers will sit their grandsons down, pull out a dogged-eared copy of the Addicks 2030 Club Handbook, Special Paper Edition, and proudly point out the name of Amady Faye.

"See that one there, Son, against Faye's name. Thats the goal that started it all. His only goal in over 400 games but the most important in Charlton history. Only twelve points at Christmas, Second from bottom, 4 managers in a year and Relegation looming - it all looked lost. But that goal at Fratton Park changed it all."

Disappointingly for man-of-the-century Amady Faye, he's not even Man-of-the-Match in the telegraph. That honour is awarded to our new boy Ben Thatcher, who booed throughout by the home crowd, didn't put a foot wrong all game, even clearing off the line from Cole in the first half.

The observer, meanwhile highlights the importance of Scott Carson's last minute stunning save from Andy Cole and reminds us all that Rommedahl's goal-scoring touch has completely vanished.

With distinctly the best report with a 2 page epic, the times names Matt Holland as our "Star Man" and sums up the game neatly with paragraph reading "Charlton outnumbered Portsmouth in midfield, where Matt Holland worked tirelessly and, with Jerome Thomas and Dennis Rommedahl willing outlets on the flanks, stifled the forward forays of the Portsmouth full-backs. For most of the first half, Charlton were the more composed team and, had Thomas used power rather than placement to curl a shot round David James, would have taken a deserved lead into half-time." And if numbers are your thing they also give us some revealing player scores for the away team: Carson 7, Sankofa 5, El Karkouri 6, Hreidarsson 7, Thatcher 6, Rommedahl 5 (Kishishev 82min, 5), Holland 8, Faye 6 (Diawara 90min, 5), Hughes 6, Thomas 5 (Hasselbaink 90min, 5), M Bent 6, and better still gives goalkeeper James the highest score in the Pompey team with a 7.

The dailymail does its best but doesn't add much except to quote Alan Pardew referring to the next three matches "We’ve got to produce performances and results from these matches. We cannot allow the teams around us to go away from us which could happen depending on our next few results. If it remains as it is at the moment, then we have a great chance."

And if you like quotes the sportinglife is the place to look with perhaps the best coming from Harry himself "now Charlton are back in the race again with a chance"

The Addicks: Carson; Sankofa, Thatcher, El Karkouri, Hreidarsson; Rommedahl (Kishishev 83), Faye (Diawara 90), Holland, Hughes, Thomas (Hasselbaink 90); M Bent.
Subs (not used): Myhre, Ambrose.
Goals: Faye 79
Booked: Sankofa 85 (time-wasting), Faye 89 (foul on Johnson), Carson 90 (time-wasting)

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