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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Charlton 4 West Ham 0

Sorry, Curbs but business is business ain't it? You're just lucky you don't have to play us every week. Oh, and good luck for next week, Spurs ain't nearly as good as us.

Remember those objectives awarded us a couple of months ago, "abject and inept", well now its a bit different. "They are a team transformed" in the observer with "ambitious, confident, committed" compared to the Hamsters "Spineless. Toothless. Gutless". MOM to Jerry Thomas, "The former Arsenal trainee scored two peaches and played a part in one of the others." And probably the best summary is "There were so many outstanding contributions, and the attacking adventure Charlton posed through Darren Bent, Darren Ambrose and Thomas was a revelation".

Over at the independent we're described as "vibrant and awesomely committed", the Hammers were "outplayed, outfought, out-desired", "his (Mullins) midfield partnership with Nigel Quashie was simply over-run", "Hasselbaink, superbly set up the third. He had appeared to lose the ball but won a determined tackle against Paul Konchesky" and finally "It was a rout".

The telegraph explains it all with "Charlton under Pardew look like a side with as much spirit, composure and confidence as you could imagine for a side who have spent five months in the Premiership relegation zone. Remarkably JFH "was full of running and enthusiasm, a coaching achievement worthy of manager of the season. And picking out the pick of the crop, "Matt Holland again running midfield, the tireless work of Darren Ambrose and the tackling and energy of on-loan Alexandre Song". The MOM when to "Darren Ambrose. Started the rout with a fine volley and kept Charlton's attacking flow going throughout with some crisp, intelligent passing. And Moment of the Match: "Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's shuddering challenge to win the ball off Paul Konchesky and set up the third goal for Darren Bent. It was the sort of tackle to bring a tear to the eye." And a touch of gallows humour but worryingly for Curbs, "Magnusson, slumped in his seat with the expression of a man who should be kept away from sharp instruments".

The times doesn't go overboard with praise but gives us some scores, which all seem a bit low,"Carson 6, Young 6, El Karkouri 7, Diawara 7, Thatcher 6, Ambrose 7, Holland 6, Song Billong 6 (Faye 85min), Thomas 8, M Bent 7 (Hasselbaink 35min, 5), D Bent 7 (Zheng 82min).

But while we celebrate now there's a little dark cloud on the horizon which is due to arrive in the late afternoon at the JJB. Wigan are just a tantalizing 3 points in front now but today face a Newcastle team recovering from a mid-week european game in the UEFA. Newcastle have won 3 in a row but have failed to score 7 times away from home ( even the Addicks have only failed to score 6 times away from the Valley ) which is probably why Lawrenson opts for a disappointing 2-0 home win....

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