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Operation Ewood: Blackburn 4 - 1 Charlton


Don't really know what to say. Apart from the fact it was such a great away day despite the result. The buzz at the airport, the atmosphere at the Fernhurst and inside Ewood were amazing. But conceding 4 goals :(. I really am devistated. We aren't down for definate but we are making it more tough than it needed be!

Big up for all you who made the travel up north


THE 30 Million Pound Match Report: Charlton 1 - 1 Sheffield Utd


Well, not literally the £30 Million match, but dubbed by the media and press, Charlton entered this huge 6pointer knowing it was a must win affair.

Most fans knew that we had to win, although it wouldn't be too bad with a loss/draw, a win would ease the pressure of the three tough upcoming fixtures.

The Club had gone a long way to lift the atmosphere by giving out free clappers and also arranging Bjorn Again as pre match entertainment. Add that with the usual drumming and flag, the atmosphere should be immense.

Charlton started the first half well and seemed to be egged on by the 'Up-For-It' crowd. Unfortunately the first half ended up being a bit dull, so half time was welcome relief.

Once again Charlton started well in the second, at at '59, The Elk hit a shot towards the United goal, it deflected against one of their defenders and the net bulged. I havent seen the crowd go so crazy in such a long time. It was amazing! Then the whole stadium stood while singing "Stand Up, If You're Staying Up". Immense

But United pissed on our fire 10 minutes later when Jonothan Stead gave the visitors a way back into the match and a point. Which it stayed.

Absolutely gutted, like many fans in the ground after the final whistle. But it aint over til the fat lady sings!

So next week at Blackburn bring your singing voices and cheer the lads to victory and Premiership survival!

James - Staff Writer

THE Match Report: Everton 2 - 1 Charlton


A dramatic ending to a critical match resulted in Charlton not picking up any points at all, which are so crucial at this stage of the season.

A disapointing first half from the Addicks meant the Toffees dominated, but a half time break seemed to lift the players spirits.

We kept on attacking the Everton goal and Darren Bent and Zheng Zhi had two shots just miss, but it just didn't seem to be. We had so many chances throughout the second period of play, but against the flow, Everton managed to scramble a goal home in the 82nd. After a magnificent save from Scott Carson, denying Andy Johnson, the rebound fell to the feet of a blue and they were one infront. Exactly 9 hours of clean sheets were over!

Fans at Goodison Park and across the country were down, but the players were not! In the final minute of normal time, Darren Bent equaled the scored making the Charlton bench and section of the ground jump with joy. We seemed to have salvaged something from a game we deserved to win.

But, to our utter dismay, James McFadden decided to ruin our day by volleying home a certain winner. Carson had no chance. Charlton had lost. So unlucky, all pundits throughout the country saying how we should have won.

This makes next Saturday's 6pointer against Sheffield United even more important! And then onto Operation Ewood. We need maximum points now. We ARE staying up!

James, Staff Writer

THE Operation!


Yes, another Operation is underway. Not for Riverside this time, but for Ewood! Charlton have secured 7,500 tickets for The Addicks penultimate away match this season against Blackburn Rovers.

Planes, Trains and Buses will take The Valley faithful ooop north on the 28th of April, and myself and my cousin are one of many who have got tickets! We will be travelling by plane, which is soo cool!

Hehe, updates will be right here as soon as more is known!

James - Staff Writer

THE Match Report: Charlton 0 - 0 Reading


Taken from

Charlton Athletic picked up another point in their battle for Barclays Premiership survival following a goalless draw against Reading at The Valley - but will know it should have been more.
After hitting the crossbar early on through defender Talal El Karkouri, the Addicks, much-improved under new boss Alan Pardew, struggled to create many further clear-cut chances.
However, given the amount of possession they had, this was perhaps an opportunity lost for the south-east London side to put daylight between themselves and the bottom three.
With fellow strugglers Sheffield United still to come to The Valley later this month, destiny would appear in their own hands - but much hard work remains ahead for Pardew’s battling troops over the next five games.
Following a rousing pre-match performance from a Freddie Mercury impersonator, Charlton ran out with The Valley already rocking.
The home fans did their best to stoke up the atmosphere, but it was Reading - themselves already secured of top-flight football next season - who started brightly.
However, the Addicks slowly took control of midfield and came within inches of taking the lead in the fifth minute.
A free-kick from the right touchline was sent over by Darren Ambrose and centre-half El Karkouri crashed a free header against the underside of the crossbar from six yards.
Reading regrouped following that let-off and again looked dangerous going forwards.
However, Charlton pair Alexandre Song, on loan from Arsenal, and Zheng Zhi were breaking play up well in the centre.
On 15 minutes there was a brief flare-up between the young Cameroon midfielder and Steve Sidwell. Song was cautioned by referee Graham Poll when calm had been swiftly restored.
Charlton broke quickly after defending the resulting free-kick and Darren Bent skipped clear down the right, but his low centre into the area was gathered by Marcus Hahnemann.
Song and Luke Young then combined well but the England defender's 18-yard shot lacked real venom.
Reading midfielder Seol Ki-Hyeon then walked his way through midfield and into the Charlton area, before his low shot was well saved by Scott Carson.
Addicks defender Hermann Hreidarsson had injured himself in trying to make a tackle on the edge of the box, and had to be replaced on 24 minutes by Ben Thatcher.
Reading enjoyed a good spell as the half-hour mark approached.
The hosts were forced to make another change when forward Marcus Bent pulled up with what looked like a hamstring problem, and Matt Holland went on as Zheng was pushed upfield.
The change in personnel did not seem to affect Charlton too much as the home side slowly started to build pressure of their own.
Jerome Thomas skipped away down the left and felt he had a shout for a penalty when going down following a tussle with Ulises de la Cruz. Referee Poll, though, was unimpressed.
At the other end, just to be safe, Carson touched over Sidwell’s looping header from a corner.
In stoppage time, Thomas almost picked out Bent with a through ball, which just had too much pace on it into the area.
Reading made a bright start to the second half as, on 50 minutes, El Karkouri bundled over Leroy Lita some 22 yards out, just right of centre.
Andre Bikey hit the resulting free-kick well enough, but it spun up off the defensive wall.
There was then a good chance for Charlton. Zheng took the ball down the left flank, and charged across the area, where possession broke for Bent.
The striker hit a 15-yard effort first time, and the ball flashed just wide of the far post.
China international Zheng soon forced a low save from the Reading keeper as Charlton pressed.
The visitors, however, refused to lie down.
With the match still finely balanced heading into the last 30 minutes, you could begin to sense the tension growing inside The Valley.
Sidwell flashed a low shot just wide of Carson’s left-hand post following good work by Stephen Hunt on the edge of the area.
Suddenly, the Charlton faithful found their voice - and the team responded.
Zheng burst into the left side of the area, but Hahnemann was out quickly to smother the danger at his near post.
El Karkouri headed clear from under his own crossbar following a goalmouth scramble - before Thomas dashed clear down the other end to cause panic in the Reading box.
With 10 minutes left, there was a renewed sense of urgency about Charlton, however too often the front men looked isolated - summing up much of the night.
Hunt could have snatched victory for Reading late on, but his diving header went across goal and wide.
In stoppage time, Zheng’s looping header fell kindly for Hahnemann.

THE Match Report: Manchester City 0 - 0 Charlton


Due to me working ridiculous hours, I have taken this report from I will be back to write after Reading!

James - Staff Writer

Charlton Athletic clambered out of the Barclays Premiership relegation zone for the first time since September after an action-packed draw at Manchester City.

Down and virtually out when Alan Pardew became the Addicks’ third manager of the season 13 games ago, Charlton have transformed themselves into a dogged, fighting force.

And the seven-point chasm to safety Pardew had to bridge has now been closed completely by a five-match unbeaten run, with the Londoners now above Sheffield United on goals scored.

The advantage may be slender but if the battling qualities on display at Eastlands are any guide, Charlton will collect enough points from their final six games to secure top-flight status by the middle of May.

Successive wins at Middlesbrough and Newcastle United may have virtually ended any fears City had of falling into the Coca-Cola Championship themselves - but this was the 10th time in the Barclays Premiership this season Pearce’s men had failed to score on home soil.

It is five games since Georgios Samaras scored their last home goal - against Everton on New Year’s Day - with five goalless draws among the home Barclays Premiership results as well.

Nedum Onuoha wasted the Blues’ best chance to pick up maximum points, nodding wide from seven yards when completely unmarked just after the hour mark.

Although 10 points from four games was confirmation of Charlton’s current momentum, Pardew must have expected City to make a fast start.

So it proved. Emile Mpenza may only be six games into his City career, but already he is proving of far greater value to the Blues than fellow strikers Samaras and Bernardo Corradi.

The burly Belgian gave Charlton’s defence plenty of early headaches and his ability to retain possession - a trait which eludes both Samaras and Corradi - allows City to build some momentum.

Mpenza had already seen one effort saved by Scott Carson before he rose to meet a Joey Barton corner, forcing Amady Faye to clear off the line.

Talal El Karkouri then threw himself in the way of another Mpenza effort as the hosts’ pressure continued to mount.

After Mpenza’s flurry came one for Barton. The first and last of his four shots belied Barton’s new status as an England international.

But the middle two efforts did have Charlton worried. Carson plucked the first out of the air but the second, an instinctive curling strike after Barton had been set up by Mpenza, brought a good low save from the prospective England 'keeper.

Charlton were a sporadic threat, their efforts summed up by the knowledge it was City skipper Richard Dunne who came closest to scoring for them as he headed Jerome Thomas’ cross just wide of his own goal.

After an impressive first-half, Carson was almost embarrassed at the start of the second when he failed to control Hermann Hreidarsson’s back pass.

In the end, it took a bit of quick footwork and an agricultural clearance into touch to prevent Mpenza taking advantage.

Pardew would have been asking major questions about where his defenders had disappeared to if Onuoha had kept his header on target when teenage midfielder Michael Johnson picked him out with a right-wing cross.

Totally unmarked, Onuoha, an England Under-21 international still coveted by Nigeria at senior level, miserably failed to get a firm connection on his header, which looped wide.

After dominating for so long, City were almost caught by a Charlton sucker punch 18 minutes from time when Marcus Bent forced a pass through to Darren Bent, who in turn crossed low to Zheng.

The Chinese forward just had to check his run in order to control, otherwise he would have been clean through, and the delay allowed Onuoha to slide in and make a tackle.

After so many dreadful experiences on home soil already this season, the City fans had largely kept any criticisms to themselves.

However, Samaras’ arrival shortly afterwards did not meet with the wholehearted approval of the Blues support and it was the Greek who wasted City’s last chance with a diving header which flashed wide.

THE Big Joke! April Fools Day


Well, this appeared on the Charlton official website today, and I hope it is an April Fools Joke!

Taken from

England squad striker Darren Bent rifled home an 86th-minute penalty to clinch three priceless points for Charlton Athletic at The Valley.
The crucial Barclays Premiership relegation clash seemed destined for a draw until Fitz Hall was penalised by referee Peter Walton for his challenge on Marcus Bent.
And Darren Bent made no mistake from the spot as he easily beat goalkeeper John Filan to fire his 12th goal of the season.
Charlton showed just one change to the side that beat Newcastle United 2-0 with Dennis Rommedahl replacing Marcus Bent, who was brought on at the interval following a below-par half from the misfiring Dane.
Skipper Darren Bent overcame the knee injury that forced him to miss England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers while Alexandre Song recovered from his hamstring problem in time to make the starting line-up.
Leighton Baines, Lee McCulloch and Hall all returned from suspension for Wigan while Caleb Folan overcame his ankle problem to partner Emile Heskey in attack.
Some nice touches from winger Jerome Thomas initiated a Charlton attack and although Rommedahl made a mess of Darren Bent’s square-ball, he recovered quickly and tested Filan with a lofted shot.
McCulloch had a shot blocked before Heskey picked up a promising pass only to run down a blind alley.
Folan escaped Souleymane Diawara but was foiled by Scott Carson, who sprinted off his line and halted the Wigan midfielder - taking a knock in the process.
Rommedahl’s overpowered cross to the far post then saw Darren Bent dive in vain as Charlton sought first blood in a finely-poised opening 25 minutes.
Zheng Zhi threatened on the edge of the box two times in succession but was snuffed out by timely intervention from Wigan’s defence.
A Thomas cut-back presented Song with a chance but the Cameroon defender’s shot was easily blocked as Charlton began to gain the upper hand.
Zheng latched onto a failed clearance by Filan but could not get any power behind his stabbed shot and the Wigan keeper was able to recover and save.
Ryan Taylor picked out Matt Jackson at the far post with a precision cross but the veteran defender’s header looped high over the crossbar.
A long-range effort from Thomas drew gasps from the home supporters but it was well wide.
Baines then went close to breaking the deadlock with a well-struck free-kick that just brushed the left post.
The ineffective Rommedahl was replaced by Marcus Bent for the second half but it was his namesake Darren who had the first opportunity after the break, nodding Zheng’s corner wide.
It was a difficult chance but priceless nonetheless with so much at stake and moments later Taylor was booked by Walton for a needless block on Diawara.
Luke Young combined with Darren Bent to good effect only for the Charlton skipper to mis-read his team-mate’s intentions and send the return ball in the wrong direction.
Wigan went close with half an hour remaining, Folan firing a cross that McCulloch raced in to meet only to see his effort strike the left post.
Wigan looked the most likely team to break the deadlock as the final whistle approached but Paul Jewell’s men found themselves behind with four minutes to go.
Hall put his foot up to challenge Marcus Bent who was trying to control the ball and Walton pointed to the spot.
Darren Bent stepped up and smashed the penalty home for his 12th goal of the season, snatching a crucial late victory for the Addicks.

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