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Discussion in 'Sunderland' started by addickted cafc, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. addickted cafc

    addickted cafc Registered User

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    Charlton 2 Feyenoord 0
    Whisper it quietly but these are exciting times in SE7.

    Charlton brushed aside their prestigious Dutch visitors in some style on Wednesday evening to continue their unbeaten pre-season campaign.

    Darren Bent again caught the eye, scoring one and having a sizeable hand in the other as an impressive opening Valley showcase of the season gave the home fans plenty of optimism ahead of the new season.

    Alexei Smertin also produced a tireless display in midfield allowing Danny Murphy to pull the strings while an unfamiliar central defensive partnership were scarcely troubled by Feyenoord's supposedly potent strikeforce.

    Alan Curbishley's hand was forced somewhat before the match with Danish stopper Stephan Anderson taking the gloves from Dean Kiely after the Irishman picked up a hand injury in training earlier in the week.

    With Jonathan Spector and Radostin Kishishev carrying slight niggles, neither were risked as Chris Perry and Hermann Hreidarsson were paired together in the middle of defence. Chris Powell slotted in at left-back and Uruguay star Gonzalo Sorondo started on the bench.

    The striking onus was again placed solely on the shoulders of Bent with Dennis Rommedahl and Darren Ambrose providing the width.

    Midfielder Matt Holland missed out after picking up a shoulder knock against Watford on Saturday so Bryan Hughes was brought in to partner Murphy and Smertin in the middle of the park.

    On paper Dutch giants Feyenoord looked to pose plenty of attacking ammunition with skipper Dirk Kuyt already flying high after a prolific pre-season. Ivory Coast star Salomon played just off the Dutch international up front after the pair plundered 49 goals between them last term.

    In reality the visitors rarely threatened in a contest pretty much controlled from start to finish by the Premiership side, although the lack of work for veteran Feyenoord keeper Patrick Lodewijks in the first half must have given Curbishley a slight interval niggle.

    What would have pleased the Addicks boss, however, was his side's ball retention and they knocked the ball around at will for long periods throughout, creating plenty of openings.

    The first came in the fifth minute as Murphy seized possession in midfield and drove forward before firing just over the bar.

    Persistence from Bent allowed Rommedahl to balloon a volley high over the bar moments later and a great disguised pass from Ambrose picked out Hughes whose curling effort was fractions wide.

    Glorious passes from both Murphy and Ambrose deserved better before the small visiting contigent finally had something to cheer when Andre Bahia was well wide with a shot on the turn.

    Perry and Hreidarsson were enjoying a comfortable evening with Kalou mainly operating wide on the left and Kuyt was pretty much grounded as he ploughed a lone furrow up front.

    Feyenoord finally flexed their attacking muscles midway through the half as Hossam Ghaly's through ball suddenly found Edwin de Graaf in space but he stabbed high over the bar - a worrying trend that would continue for both sides all the way to the interval.

    At the other end Bent darted into space to head one of Murphy's countless set-pieces over the bar while Feyenoord's Edwin De Graaf held his head in his hands after nodding over a cross from teenage midfielder Tim Vincken.

    An outswinging Murphy corner was headed back by Hreidarsson for Bent to nod over again on 31 minutes but still neither keeper had had their gloves warmed and veteran Lodewijks watched Smertin lasso high into the empty Jimmy Seed Stand from the edge of the box while a tempting cross from the overlapping Luke Young was headed into the same seating by Bent.

    Ghaly jinked into space before firing high over the bar but it was all rather low key stuff as the teams trooped off for a 15 minute breather.

    Surprisingly maybe, Curbishley elected to kick-off the second half with his starting XI and a slick early passing move from the visitors saw Ghaly's cross confidently plucked out of the air by Andersson, the keeper's first real action

    Curbishley's counterpart Erwin Koeman had made one change at the interval with Ferne Snoyl replacing Alexander Ostlund and the new arrival immediately produced a fine defensive header to clear Ambrose's hanging cross with Bent lurking behind him.

    Smertin shanked well wide after more purposeful play but the Addicks were in front in the 54th minute, although it was a goal not without it's fair share of fortune.

    Rommedahl cut in from the right and drove a low pass to Bent on the left edge of the box. The striker's curling effort was too good for Lodewijks but rattled back off the post before hiting the grounded custodian and trundling back over the line.

    Stat fans may have noted that it wasn't actually a shot on goal that yielded the opener but that particular quibble was answered less than two minutes later as the hosts doubled their lead.

    Fine approach play led to Young finding Rommedahl on the right. The Dane's first time cross was perfection, as was the towering leap and glancing header from Bent which gave Losewijks no chance as it nestled neatly in the bottom left corner.

    It would be Rommedahl's last action as both he and Ambrose left the action with Jerome Thomas and Francis Jeffers enterying the fray.

    Two up front and a burden-buster for Bent one suspected. Not quite.

    The striker was immediately sent out wide for a short stint on the right before making way for Lloyd Sam 12 minutes from time as his opening Valley excursion ended with a standing ovation.

    It was the latest in a long line of substitutions that perforated the latter stages of the game.

    Sam stole in at the far post to head wide after great approach work from Thomas while Barry Fuller was also given a late run-out as he replaced the hard-working Smertin in the closing stages.

    Feyenoord's best chance of the evening came nine minutes from time as a corner from Karim Saidi caused chaos in the box before Kuyt completely miskicked with the goal at his mercy and Perry eventually scrambled the ball off the line. It was that sort of night for the prolific hitman, although credit must go to Perry and Hreidarsson who did everything their boss would have wanted in the absence of several senior contemporaries.

    Sub Nicky Hofs was twice off target for the disappointing visitors but it was the English side who ended up comfortable victors at the end of a pleasing evening in SE7.

    Charlton: Andersen, Young, Powell, Hreidarsson, Perry, Ambrose (Thomas 62), Murphy, Smertin (Fuller 79), Hughes, Rommedahl (Ambrose 62), Bent (Sam77).

    Subs (Not used): Randolph, Sorondo, Johansson, Fortune.

    Goals: Lodewijks o.g 54, Bent 56

    Feyenoord: Lodewijks, Ostlund (Snoyl 46), Saidi, Greene, Bahia, Ghaly (Hofs 76), Paauwe, Vincken, De Graaf, Kuyt (Pardo 82), Kalou (Castelen 60) (Hiryama 76).

    Subs (not used): Aerts, Shreuder, Derijck.

    Referee: Barry Knight
     
  2. Whiskeybar

    Whiskeybar Registered User

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    You look to have put a decent squad together in the close season, and I reckon you can even nab a place in europe this year, always had a soft spot for Charlton since the final in 1998 (cant believe that was 7 yrs ago), however I still can't see you beating us up here as we arn't conceding own goals quite like we did ;)
     
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    madmackem2 Mad Midlands Mackem Man

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    Who the hell are half the Feyenoord players? Don't recognise anyone other than Kalou, Pauuwe (sp) and Lodewijks. Admit it you were playing their reserve team weren't you...

    Seriously though, you have a cracking side now and all the best for the 13th, may the best team win, just hope it's us
     
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    your buzzing about that 2-0?feyenoord arent as good as they use to be plus its friendly.......ull never reach europe
     
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    Up the Mackems! :clap:
     
  6. addickted cafc

    addickted cafc Registered User

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    Yep Looks Like Bent is the man to watch, bout time we had a prolific goal scorer. Hope it's a good game.

    Best of Luck for the season
     

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