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 Venue: The Valley, Charlton Premiership  Tuesday 28 Dec 2004; 3:00pm  
  El Karkouri (82') 
  Hreidarsson (86')
 
Half Time: 0-0
  Ferguson sent off (83')  
 
 Attendance: 27,001 (Fixture 20) Referee: Mike Riley

Match Summary


Leon Osman: Misses out again with a knee injury

Steve Watson sustained a stomach muscle injury and Leon Osman's knee is still playing up, so Joseph Yobo finally gets a start in midfield!

It was a lively start to the game with both teams showing good intent for a competitive end-of-year match.

Bent got in a great shot after good work by Stubbs fed him quickly but his long-range shot was parried around the post by Kiely.

But Charlton started to exert themselves towards the half-hour, giving Everton some pressure to deal with, although tellingly failing to trouble Nigel Martyn.  Meanwhile, Bent was having a difficult game up front, trying to do too much while being closely marked and getting a little frustrated.

Martyn picked up a knee injury just before half-time and Richard Wright came on in his place; very worrying!  Poor first half, though, in retrospect.

Things took a little longer in the second half to get moving, with Cahill getting well involved and inspiring much bile from the Milwall-hating Addicks.  But as the half wore on, Everton failed to really take the initiative provided by the knowledge that a little more effort and organization could see off their opponents.

A super Gravesen corner created a melee with Charlton clearing off the line under pressure from Kilbane, and pinball involving three Charlton players and a possible handball.... no goal!

Wright showed he was awake for a fierce left-footed strike from Kishishev, which he gathered at the second attempt.  Euell, who scored both goals from the penalty spot in this fixture last season, then surprisingly came on for the lively Thomas.  A rare Carsley error let Holland feed Bartlett but Wright saved very well.  Ferguson then replaced Bent. 

Charlton were still giving Everton frights and El Karkouri finally broke the deadlock after Weir had struggled.  Ferguson then flailed an elbow into Hreidarsson's face and was duly expelled from the field by Mike Riley. 

McFadden came on for Joseph Yobo to try something desperate in the last six minutes.  But instead of an Everton equalizer, Hreidarsson sealed the win for Charlton, driving home from a late corner as Everton fell apart, giving those pundits plenty of meat for the "I told you so" pontifications...

Michael Kenrick

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Premiership Scores
Tuesday 28 Dec 2004
Bolton 0-1 Blackburn
Charlton 0-0 Everton
Fulham 2-3 Birmingham
Man City 1-0 West Brom
Middlesbro 2-0 Norwich
Portsmouth 0-1 Chelsea
Tottenham 1-1 C Palace
Liverpool 1-0 Southampton
Aston Villa 0-1 Man Utd
Wednesday 29 Dec 2004
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal

Premiership Table
Pos Team Pts
1 Chelsea 49
2 Arsenal 44
3 Man Utd 40
4 Everton 40
5 Middlesbrough 35
6 Liverpool 34
7 Charlton 31
8 Tottenham 29
9 Birmingham 26
10 Portsmouth 26
11 Aston Villa 25
12 Man City 24
13 Bolton 23
14 Newcastle 22
15 Blackburn 19
16 Fulham 18
17 Palace 15
18 Norwich 15
19 Southampton 14
20 West Brom 11
After 29 Dec 2004

Charlton v Everton:
Prior League Games
 Overall  
 Charlton  11
 Everton  8
 Draws  2
 Premiership  
 Charlton  2
 Everton  2
 Draws  1
 Last Season:

Charlton 2-2 Everton 


Match Facts
CHARLTON ATHLETIC (4-4-2)
Red shirts, blue shorts, red socks
 EVERTON (4-4-2)
 
Blue shirts, white shorts, white socks
Kiely
Young
El Karkouri
Fortune
Hreidarsson
Rommedahl (79' Konchesky)
Murphy
Kishishev
Holland {c}
Thomas (69' Euell)
Bartlett

Subs not used:
Hughes, Andersen, Johansson

Yellow Cards: 

Red Cards:



Martyn (44' Wright)
Hibbert
Stubbs {c}
Weir
Pistone
Cahill
Carsley
Yobo (84' McFadden)
Gravesen
Kilbane
Bent (74' Ferguson)

Subs not used:
Naysmith, Campbell

Yellow Cards:

Red Cards:
Ferguson (83')

 Unavailable:
(Injured:) Osman, Watson

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Match Preview

The Everton bandwagon just keeps rolling on.  The doubts that crept in after the bore draw at Blackburn were more or less dispelled by another three points against Manchester City on Boxing Day that kept their neighbours United at arms length for another week and preserved the Blues' proud third place position.

Next up are Charlton Athletic, a team who spent millions in the summer in the expectation that they would be occupying the kind of position Everton currently enjoy.  Alan Curbishley's team had trouble gelling earlier in the season but there have been signs in recent weeks that they had begun to get their act together with three wins and a draw in their last four outings.

David Moyes's side are going to need all the resilience they have shown away from home so far this season as they face tricky back-to-back matches in London.  Furthermore, four of their next five matches are away from Goodison and the Blues will play at home just once between now and when these two sides meet again on Merseyside on 22 January 2005.

The problems associated with having a small squad are just starting to appear for Moyes at a time when he will be thinking about adding to his team in the January transfer window.  Leon Osman missed the win over City with a knee injury and will be rated as doubtful for this one as well. 

Thomas Gravesen took a knock on Boxing Day but was removed from the fray more to protect his disciplinary record than through any health concerns.  He is, however, rated as a doubt along with Marcus Bent, who suffered from that nasty-looking stamp on the ankle by Christian Negouai.  Although perhaps harsh in the context of the typical Gerrard-esque two-footed lunge that only seems to earn a yellow and a scowl from the referee, a red card was the right message to send on Saturday for a foul that could so easily have resulted in much more serious damage to our leading scorer! 

Assuming those clear up quickly, Moyes may well name an unchanged team at The Valley as the Blues aim to extend their current run of seven games without defeat.  They have enjoyed success here in the past with two wins in the Premiership and will be hoping to halt the Addicks' recent revival in its tracks while hoping that Chelsea, Arsenal and United all slip up away from home...

Lyndon Lloyd


Matchday Stats

This will be the 48th meeting between Everton and Charlton Athletic in all competitions, and the 24th at Charlton.  This match will be the 11th meeting in the Premier League and the 6th at The Valley.

Everton's full record against Charlton Athletic is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

10

5

1

4

15

12

Division One

30

11

7

12

43

49

Division Two

2

2

0

0

14

1

FA Cup

3

2

1

0

8

4

League Cup

1

1

0

0

1

0

Full Members Cup

1

0

1

0

2

2

TOTALS:

47

21

10

16

83

68

Our record away to Charlton is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

5

2

1

2

7

7

Division One

15

5

1

9

17

30

Divison Two

1

1

0

0

7

0

FA Cup

2

1

1

0

4

3

TOTALS:

23

9

3

11

35

40

The last match between the sides was on 17 January this year when Charlton won 1-0 at Goodison Park.  The last match between the sides at The Valley was earlier that season, on 26 August when goals from Wayne Rooney and Steve Watson secured a 2-2 draw.

The only Everton hat-trick against Charlton was by Bill Dean on 7 February 1931, when Everton won 7-0 at The Valley in only the second meeting between the sides.

The most common victory for Everton is 2-1 which has happened 7 times in Everton's 21 victories.  Charltons most common victory is 1-0, which has happened 4 times in their 16 victories. The most common draw between the teams is 2-2, which has occurred 5 times in the 10 draws between the sides.

Everton's record for 28 December is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

7

2

2

3

8

13

Division One

18

8

4

6

34

36

Division Two

1

0

1

0

0

0

TOTALS:

26

10

7

9

42

49

This is the first time the sides have met on this day.  The last match on this day was in 2003 when a Wayne Rooney goal secured a vital 1-0 victory over Birmingham City at Goodison Park.

Jason Danskin was born on this day in 1967 in Winsford.  After signing professional forms in July 1985, Jason made just 1 appearance for Everton against Luton Town in May 1985, two months before turning professional.  In March 1987, Jason was sold to Mansfield Town.

Milestones that can be reached in this game:

  • If Kevin Kilbane plays in the match, this will be his 50th appearance for Everton in the league

Steve Flanagan



Report

Poor game between two ordinary teams. Charlton were very, very average today but then so were we.  The first half was dismal.  It had 0-0 written all over it for most of the match. 4-5-1 v 4-5-1 led to both midfields cancelling each other out.

For Everton, Gravesen (again) looked the only one capable of creating anything.  Bent worked hard before he went off and until the first goal I thought the back four looked pretty solid.

Cahill was wasted on the wing.  He can't beat people and he's most effective arriving late in the box, but take away his goals and you don't get much else from him.  Yobo didn't do much wrong, but then again he didn't do much at all.  With Yobo in midfield, the balance looked all wrong and we were devoid of ideas, save for punting it in Bent's general direction and hoping he'd beat the defender to it (which, to his huge credit, he often did).

We gradually improved second half though and looked the more likely side to go on and win it.  However, it was a huge mistake to bring Ferguson on.  To get the best out of Ferguson, you need wingers getting crosses in and we just didn't have anything down the flanks today.

It all fell apart when Bent was taken off, having run himself into the ground.  Until he arrived at least Bent was a willing runner, but once he'd gone our outlet up front disappeared.  We badly missed his movement up front and it was a clear warning of what will happen if we don't get an adequate replacement in January.

The goals that followed were very poor. The first was reminiscent of Fowler's on Boxing Day in that we cleared the first ball from a corner but failed to deal with the follow up and El Karkouri nodded in from close range.

Ferguson then elbowed Hreidarsson and off he went, caught banged to rights; his sending off was unforgivable.  We'd just conceded, but there was still time to get back into the game until his moment of stupidity.  Back to goal, man behind him, but under no real pressure and Ferguson decides to elbow the defender in the face, in full view of the ref.  Straight red and no complaints from anyone.  Cheers Duncan.

For those people who think he should be given a one-year contract, forget it.  1-0 down, chasing the game and our only striker decides to get himself sent off.  Well done, Dunc.  He's not worth it, he's a liability and he let the team down badly today.   A nice three game breather now awaits for him, when he can count the 70,000 he'll earn in that time at his leisure.

The second goal came when Dickie Wright, who had made two excellent saves since coming on for Martyn just before half time, came for and missed a corner and Hreidarsson bundled it in at the back post. Ho hum.

Man of the match by some distance was Bent whose work rate was phenomenal.  A honourable mention too for Hibbert who, having been skinned by Jerome Thomas early on, came back well and produced another excellent display.  He is one of the best tacklers around at the moment.

Disappointing day but if nothing else, it showed that we can't expect to keep on progressing on such limited resources.

Jamie Andrews



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