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Monday, July 23, 2007

Malaga B 0 Charlton 3

Well, before we get too carried away with another victory on the road without conceding a goal there are a number of things to bear in mind.
The first point is that it's clear from the Malaga website that it was the B team in action against the Addicks. Run separately from the first team, there's no reserve league here and Malaga B play in the regional Spanish Third Division. And they appear to have finished last season in bottom place in Group 4. It's consistent with Pardew's policy of playing against lower league opposition during pre-season but it seems odd that the official CAFC site doesn't admit the fact.
There's no time given for the encounter but with evening temperatures remaining high it appears to have been very hot down there with temperatures probably around 30 and after 6 half time changes its not surprising that with a 3-0 lead from the first half no further goals were added during the last 45. Like everything in Spain, pre-season starts a bit later here and it was Malaga B's first game of the season and with a second half improvement they do seem very happy calling it an "honourable defeat".
The report on their website only mentions four of the opposition, the "quality" of the wide men Christensen and Thomas, the good work of the captain Holland in the middle of the park and the splendid link-play of the overlapping Semedo. They had no complaints about the two penalties which is saying something over here, the first from Thomas after 30 minutes followed by a second on 39 minutes. And we do seem to have found a gem in the young Martin Christensen in a Dane that can score goals. A "brilliant play" apparently ending with a "un chut seco" in the 42nd minute. And with his eyes open apparently.
Strangely there was no sign of Andy Reid, suffering from the heat no doubt, and although Dean Sinclair is still with us Jody Morris seems to have been left behind. And was the first half pairing of McCarthy and Diawara a pointer to what's in Pardew's mind?
The Addicks team was: Elliot, Semedo, McCarthy (Bougherra 46), Diawara (Fortune 46), Thatcher (Powell 46), Christensen (Moutaouakil 46), Holland, Sinclair (Ambrose 46), Thomas, Iwelumo, Todorov (Dickson 46).

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