Match Report: Chelsea 1 - 1 Charlton
Published Monday, January 23, 2006 by JamesBB2 | E-mail this post
The last time the Mighty Addicks from SE7 visited Stamford Bridge, we came away with a penalty shootout victory, a match that some said had the tension and the magic of the Sunderland Playoff final. It was a great night to be a Charlton fan. But following that, it seemed that would be the last 'good' night in a long time. The following weeks and months after that famous victory seemed to have been some of the lowest in a long time at Charlton, but luckily the recent form seems to be brightening up.
The first match after Marcus Bent signed for the club, he found himself on the bench with Bartlett making way for Ambrose and Charlton switching back to their 4-5-1 formation. Unfortunately for Charlton, the afternoon looked dark when Eidur Gudjohnsen capitalised on a Thomas Myhre mistake and hit the ball against the crossbar, the referee had given it, it had passed the line despite Radostin Kishishev's best efforts. But Charlton gave it all they got which is often what you see when the team goes to Chelsea. Some great attacks and a strong defence gave the lads confidence. Marcus Bent was to make his debut on the 39th minute when Dennis Rommedahl was subbed off. What a sub that was to be.
15 minutes into the second half, Darren Ambrose shook off a Chelsea player to see Marcus running into the box to greet his cross with a backwards header, confusing the Chelsea defence and looping over Petr Cech's head! We had did it, equaled the match.
Further attacks from both sides resulted in good saves from both keepers, with Chelsea having a Lampard shot deflected away by Myhre late into the game where the worlds greatest Rich Bitch Roman Abramovich was seen to be having fits of tension when the ex-Hammer unleashed his shot. A late sending off of Carvalho, a good decision by the ref, as he had been playing dirty was all to result in the final few minutes and Charlton had held on to be the first team this season to take points from Chelsea at home in the Premiership.
As Claudio Ranieri once said in his missable English Accent "We are ze Bogey Team". You're right there, Claudio!