Monday, April 03, 2006


Honours even

The points were shared at Upton Park for the visit of Charlton, as the two sides cancelled each other out during a lively but scoreless encounter.

Credit to Charlton - they came out and forced us to work hard. We rolled our sleeves up and did a job. Unfortunately it didn't result in the goal I feel we deserved, but that's football and we can't complain too much about the nil-all. If Charlton had scored, I'd have felt robbed - we had more chances, and much better ones. I was disappointed that Yossi made little of his opportunities but they were mostly difficult ones except for the header - not his fault he's a small bloke. I thought we went down the wings a shade too often; I felt as though we could have broken through the Addicks defence with Marlon and Teddy, but we never really gave ourselves that chance. The crosses we were sending in were decent, but they were dealing with them easily. But overall we did pretty well and I'm quite happy with the shape of the team at the moment.

Shaka 6 - Not a lot to do but did it well.
Konchesky 6 - Average.
Danny G 7 - Defended well.
Collins 6 - Defensively OK, had a cracking shot on target.
Ferdinand 7 - Did his job.
Etherington 7 - Got forward but crossing and corners were poor.
Mullins 7 - A good game from Muggers.
Reo-Coker 6 - Moments in the first half, vanished afterwards and rightly substituted.
Yossi 8 - Full of energy and attacked very well, shame he's no good in the air or we'd have another 2 points.
Ashton 5 - What happened? A few weeks back he looked very sharp, now he looks clumsy.
Marlon 7 - He did a lot of things very well and worked his socks off, but also made some dodgy decisions.

Sheringham (on for NRC) 7 - Played fairly well and unlucky not to score.
Zamora (on for Ashton) 7 - Nearly scored.
Katan (on for Marlon) 6 - Made an effort.

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