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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Palarse 0 Charlton 1

Its such a sweet scoreline to cast your eyes upon that I'm going to write it again - Crystal Palarse 0 Charlton Athletic 1 - and I'm even going to put it in bold and give it some colour. There, doesn't that look nice.
So our first away win of the fizzy season and where better to start than against that awful lot from Sainburys. After our win at Portsmouth in January, this was only our second away win in 22 months and as a consequence it appears to have been a bit unexpected.
A return to our first 4-5-1 of the season, with Todorov rested until the second half, saw an added bonus in our first clean sheet of the League, in a game that Pards was keen to see a bit of tightening-up after Tuesday 4-3 nightmare, for him anyway.
As noted yesterday, we're not too good at local derbies against this lot and some reports do tend to see a bit of a smash-and-grab victory in the 1-0 scoreline. But we don't care and as predicted, Toddy scored our only goal, in the 74th minute after having been on the pitch for only 7 minutes. And Weaver proved more able than his Argentinian counterpart by earning the points with one, or was it two, tremendous saves at the death.
Paul Rowan in the posh murdoch gives his player scores and assigns MOM to ZiZi and sees Charlton start to dominate after Reid was moved into the centre early in the second half, although he clearly wasn't wholly impressed with the game, calling the players "lethargic" and giving almost the entire Palarse team a score of 5 out of 10. The writer is obviously used to the more heady atmosphere of the Prem and he puts the knife in by adding that "Charlton took the lead with a scrappy goal befitting the circumstances" and puts the blame on the Palarse keeper.
The teamtalk page doesn't usually get very excited either and their report helped to calm us down as well with a "But for all the Addicks' neat passing, they offered little in the way of goalmouth action with Jose Semedo and Darren Ambrose resorting to weak long-range efforts."

The dailymail adds to the gossip and tells us that "There was a truce of sorts yesterday with Charlton's directors agreeing to sit in the same VIP box as their Palace opposite numbers, including owner Jordan, the man who outrageously described Charlton's fans as imbeciles." but then points out that "it is difficult to argue against the belief of Pardew that Charlton were the dominant side. They certainly created more chances but appear to be a team lacking the finishing power they will need if they are to finish this campaign either with automatic promotion straight back to the Premier League or a play-off place" and "Chris Iwelumo was guilty of a horrible miss, sidefooting wastefully wide in front of goal from Zheng Zhi's cut-back."

Meanwhile, there's Conrad Leach in the independent, a bit more used to fizzy-football perhaps than Mr Rowan, and with an insight into the lack of 'full-throttle' football that Pards seems to have given us, "I don't think we're that sort of team," said Pardew, "I miss it a bit, to be honest."

On tiscali there's a few helpful quotes from Pards and on cafc Pards lets us know that he thought that Racon "was outstanding in his first game in the Championship". And if you care how the others got on, the telegraph has its usual fizzy round-up.

And if you really want to see how the other lot suffered, and see a few stats, you can read their biased report here in which they make the absurd claim that the match could have gone either way. Ha, but it didn't did it.

On the player front, Danny Mills made his reappearance as number 44 - must be his age - and a keen fan is obviously inspector sands. And after all the pre-season talk about our little irish fella not lasting the season, there he is having played every single minute, in the fizzies anyway, along with Ambrose and Weaver.

The Addicks: Weaver; Mills, Fortune, McCarthy, Powell; Thomas (Todorov 67), Semedo (Racon 71), Zheng, Ambrose, Reid; Iwelumo (McLeod 90).
Subs (not used): Randolph, Sam.
Goals: Todorov 74
Booked: Ambrose 81

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