Charlton Athletic 4-0 West Ham United 

Saturday, 24th February 2007
by Gordon Thrower

There’s something not quite right about football clubs South of the river. First you have Millwall, whose supporters are the result of some cruel medical experiment perpetrated upon the people of Victorian Bermondsey. The results were so horrific that, even today, intra-family marriages and many types of genetic experimentation are banned by law. Then you have Crystal Palace, a club so lacking in proper tradition that it changes its club colours and nickname more regularly than a Millwall supporter changes his underwear.

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Player Ratings

Robert Green
Not his fault ?EUR" had no cover when he needed it most.

Christian Dailly
Battled gamely but his age is beginning to catch up ?EUR" especially when having to get back 80 yards following another inexplicable throw-in decision.

Paul Konchesky
Poor in distribution throughout. Deserved the booking.

Anton Ferdinand
I missed the third goal. So apparently did he.

Calum Davenport
Bizarrely he posed our biggest attacking threat forcing a number of saves.

Nigel Quashie
Gave the ball away with alarming regularity.

Hayden Mullins
I wasn?EUR(TM)t convinced that it would work with him and Quashie in the same side. I was right.

Yossi Benayoun
Anonymous ?EUR" not quite as much as Etherington but nearly so.

Matthew Etherington

Carlos Tevez
Ran his legs off at the back, in midfield and up front. Similar commitment from the rest of the side wouldn?EUR(TM)t see us losing matches like this.

Carlton Cole
I forgot he was there until he went off


Marlon Harewood
(Replaced Etherington, 45) One shot saved. Should have got a penalty when flattened by Thatcher. That was it really.

Kepa Blanco
(Replaced Cole, 58) A couple of good lay-offs but received little in the way of service or support.

Shaun Newton
(Replaced Mullins, 72) If the idea of bringing him on was to give us some width it failed.

Rob Carroll
Did not play.

John Paintsil
Did not play.

Match Facts

West Ham United: Robert Green, Christian Dailly, Paul Konchesky, Anton Ferdinand, Calum Davenport, Nigel Quashie, Hayden Mullins, Yossi Benayoun, Matthew Etherington, Carlos Tevez, Carlton Cole.

Goals: None.

Booked: Paul Konchesky 5 Nigel Quashie 15 Yossi Benayoun 76      .

Sent Off: None sent off.     .

Charlton Athletic: Carson, Young, Thatcher, El Karkouri, Diawara, Ambrose, Holland, Song, Thomas, M.Bent, D.Bent..

Subs not used: Randolph, Rommedahl..

Goals: Ambrose (24), Thomas (34, 80), D.Bent (41)..

Booked: El Karkouri (37), Song (41), Diawara (54)..

Sent off: None.

Referee: R.Styles.

Attendance: 27,111.

Man of the Match: Carlos Tevez.