Saturday, January 07, 2006

Dennis Double earns win in Heck of a battle

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Charlton Athletic 4

Charlton won a tense FA Cup 3rd round battle, scoring four goals at Hillsborough today, their first win at this ground since 1953. Dennis Rommedahl showed his worth with two in the first half, and Matt Holland scored the second today, and his second in a week (and also his first ever FA Cup goal!). Darren Bent finished the scoring with a breakaway goal a couple of minutes from the end.

Charlton were twice pegged back by - first through an early equaliser from Paul Heckingbottom, and then when Heckingbottom scored again midway through the second half to make it 2-3 (see pic). Both goals came after set pieces, and a worry is that all five goals conceded this week (against Everton and today) came from similar circunstances.

Charlton had made two changes from the team that lost at Goodison - Jonathan Spector replacing the rested Luke Young at right back, and Radistan Kishishev coming in for hamstrung Danny Murphy as expected.

A win is a win at the moment, and it is good that Charlton have made it through to the fourth round draw. Hopefully, the draw will either throw up a home game against a team that Charlton have a genuine chance of beating (although who that may be is difficult to predict at present!) or an away game at a ground that I haven't visited with Charlton before (Torquay, Cheltenham, or Preston, or the new grounds of Coventry, Walsall, or Chester would be good!). It is probably unlikely that a non-league team will make it through to the fourth round, although Tamworth and Nuneaton both earnt replays today aganst more illustrious opposition.

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