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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Charlton 1 Stoke City 0

A vital win for the Addicks with a late, late header from the 5' 8" Lloyd Sam in the 83th minute, for his second League goal of the season, just when we were all resigned to taking home our frustration at all the missed chances wasted.
So, not surprisingly, its a Big, Big win from Pards and, of course, he's 'really pleased with the quality we showed and patience we showed.'
Its a 'valiant defensive effort' with a 'brick like defence' from Stoke as seen by the telegraph but while 'Stoke lived up to their robust reputation, Charlton refused to be bullied with Matt Holland, in particular, giving as good as he got.'
The posh_murdoch was there as well and although they have forgotten their player scores they pick out Sam as the main man with a 'cool head' and 'nifty feet' and report Pardew as saying 'We are strong physically and know the division better now. We’re getting used to it and look a better side than the first match.'
The independent uses their dictionary with 'irrepressible enterprise in the face of increasingly obdurate defending' and rathers surprises us by hearing Tony Pulis throwing some compliments our way 'They will be absolutely devastated here if they don't get promoted, because other than West Brom I think they've got the strongest squad.'
And possibly the best report of the night comes from the sportinglife, complete with match stats, - 11 shots on target to Stoke's 2 - ( and with every single one of their ten minute match assessments saying 'Charlton are in control of the match') and tells of 'numerous squandered chances', while their aftermatch mike hears Pards saying that he's pleased with his new buy, 'Andy Gray did make a difference and his ability to hold onto possession in not a lot of room is key. He has taken us up a level.'
Stoke themselves see it as an 'unlucky 13', but heap praise on our saviour Weaver, with an odd 'outstandingly' last minute save from Parkin, while mocking Varney for 'somehow missing with the goal at his mercy' before providing the killer cross. But they do rather give away their limited aims by maintaining that they are still 4 points in front of Cardiff, while we are more concerned with how far away are Bristol City and West Brom.
So all in all a great night and to help you look forward to Saturday with an even better outlook, the stats tell us that we're now the 2nd best team in the fizzies when looking at results against the top half of the table with 23 points from 14 games, while Scunthorpe, our next opponents, have the worst record in the Division with just 6 points won against top half opposition.....
The Addicks: Weaver; Moutaouakil, McCarthy, Bougherra, Youga; Sam (Semedo 87), Holland, Zhi, Ambrose (Thomas 71); Gray, Iwelumo (Varney 66).
Used Subs: Randolph (g), Fortune.

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