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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Charlton 3 Cardiff City 0

Well, that's more like it. Not the goal-fest wanted, but at last we proved we can score more than twice in a "proper" game and this was our biggest win since the 4-0 against the Hamsters back in February and it pushed us back up to 2nd place.

As for the papers, there's a surprisingly early report from the independent as they're usually still in bed at this time in the morning. But it does give us a bit of realism perhaps after three straight wins. Talk of a comfortable victory by the Addicks are offset by "Cardiff....might consider themselves unfortunate, being denied what looked a clear penalty at the end of the first half, when the contest was still goalless," While the final result "ultimately reflected the gap between the sides, in confidence if not ability although they benefited enormously from having the passing skills of Andy Reid at their disposal."
And despite all the happy smiling faces when we look at The Table this morning, there's more of the same from a very strange report in the posh_m. Adjectives like "fortuitous" and "lucky" are used alongside phases like "landed awkwardly" and "hoofed the ball....without any purpose".
It was "a clear but fortuitous victory for Charlton". The game turned, apparently, "the home side’s way in the seven minutes before half-time."
"Steve Thompson....managed to turn Jonathan Fortune inside the box and was then hauled down. The referee told Jones afterwards he felt Fortune got a touch on the ball, but all the Cardiff manager and virtually everybody else saw was a penalty."
Somebody else, then, obviously dished out the player markings, as the Addicks are littered with 7's and an 8, while hapless Cardiff despite being at 6's and 7's can only rate a mixture of 5's and 6's. Another example perhaps, of people who see us as a "privileged" team with our "unfair" parachute money up against the poverty of 'on-the-ropes', Dave Jones' Cardiff. MOM by the way, and not the only person to spot it, Jerome Thomas...
There's another report over the sportinglife where despite numerous mentions of the hard-work of Steven Thompson, fails to notice the penalty incident that "changed the game".
Then again, its always a refreshing idea to see how the visitors saw the game and over at cardiffcityfc you can do just that. And there's only the slightest mention of the penalty incident.
But just to leave you in the right mood, over at the observercumguardian there's a neat little fizzy round-up where we only get a one-liner but further down there's the news that our next opponents, Preston, continue to suffer and were another team in a losing 3-0 scoreline.
The Addicks: Weaver, Mills, Sodje, Fortune, Basey; Sam (Ambrose 77), Zhi (McLeod 84), Semedo, Reid, Thomas; Iwelumo (Varney 84).
Subs Not Used: Randolph, Bougherra.
Booked: Sam.
Goals: Sodje 45, Iwelumo 45, Zhi 80.

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