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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Sheff United 0 Charlton 2

Well, nobody saw that coming with just about everyone steeling themselves for another disappointing away defeat. Silly of us to forget the old adage that says that teams conceding lots of goals one week, will miraculously recover and greatly improve the next, and so it's been proved with a headline quote of 'terrific' from Pards.
Thankfully, Pardew took notice of our advice of last week and returned to a 4-5-1, last used with non-affect against Colchester, with strongman Sammy Sodje bolstering the defence although with the inclusion of a seemingly lightweight midfield trio of Holland, ZiZi and Ambrose. Andy Gray was dropped completely and Chris Iwelumo, starting for the first time since Stoke, was reinstated as lone striker with Luke Varney and Jerry Thomas on the wings.
And while I did wonder at the wisdom of informing everyone that we've only won at Bramall Lane once in the last 21 visits, it obviously worked to our advantage instilling in our opponents thoughts the anticipation of an easy game and this time it was the turn of the opposition to be slated by their manager in a performance termed by Blackwell as 'insipid'.
And as we stretch our lead our 7th placed Plymouth to 3 points, we're back in our coveted 5th spot and consequently there's still not a lot about us in the papers. In the telegraph you'll only find a round-up of the fizzies with the Addicks getting, true to their league position, the fifth paragraph.
The sportinglife, meanwhile, calls Pardew 'inspirational' in bringing back Iwelumo and in the stats page also highlights the captains new-found aggression with Matty Holland's second yellow of the season.
Over at the posh_murdoch there is, supposedly, a report from John Aizlewood but at the moment a technical hitch prevents any expansion of what he saw. Perhaps they'll cure it later, or perhaps not.
But there's also a paragraph, this time that works, about that 'ittle irish fella that we sold January in posh2, which as you would expect combines an appreciation of his creative skills with an awareness of a lack of fitness.
But probably the most pleasing of reports can be found on the suffering Blades site where, for a pleasant change, we can read that both our goals came from set-pieces with an alleged 30 yard throw-in from Greg Halford creating the havoc that caused the first.
The Addicks: Weaver; Halford, McCarthy, Sodje, Youga; Varney (Sinclair 71), Holland, Zheng, Ambrose (Semedo 83), J Thomas, Iwelumo.
Subs (not used): Elliot, Fortune, Cook.
Goals: Iwelumo 45, Sodje 82
Booked: Holland 43 (foul on Quinn), McCarthy 54 (clash with Morgan)

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