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Report: Charlton 0-1 Spurs

Posted on 28 August 2002  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

As seemingly the world and its brother looks in at our business off the pitch, on it, we've quietly put together our best-ever start in the Premiership.

A stinging strike from Simon Davies in the first half secured maximum points at the Valley and seven out of nine from our first three games.

That topples the six-point hauls from opening games in 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1999-2000. Yes, even the start to that wonderful, Jurgen Klinsmann-inspired 1994-95 season wasn't as good as this.

While we can all chuckle at taking joint top spot (with who?) after just three games, the signs are good so far.

It was certainly all there at the Valley. An unbeatable-looking goalkeeper, defensive resolve, variety in midfield, bags of energy down the flanks and a masterful display of knitting it all together from Teddy Sheringham.

This was the skipper at his very best, dropping off Gary Doherty into areas the home side couldn't cope with and threading through pass after pinpoint pass.

On the night he carved out four clear-cut chances with the whole set of assists - a one-two inside a defender, a cushioned pass, a 30-yarder weighted perfectly and a flicked header. One went in, three points went back to the Lane.

In fact, Sheringham's first link up proved the most valuable. Davies cut in from the right and poked a pass at him at pace, Sheringham returned the compliment and the Welsh star hammered his shot from the angle into the roof of the net.

The pace of Davies and Matty Etherington down the flanks stretched Charlton in the first half and Etherington's battle with ex-Spur Luke Young was one to savour.

At the other end, try as they might, Charlton could not find a way past Dean Richards and Anthony Gardner, whose poise under pressure was quite something.

Instead, they relied on the right boot of Radostin Kishishev for their two telling efforts on goal in the first half, both saved with apparent ease by Keller.

Redknapp curled Sheringham's lay-off a yard wide just before the break and we went in the happier of the two teams.

A spate of corners created havoc at the start of the second half - Gardner somehow headed over right in front of goal - before the controversy of the night arrived on the hour.

Sheringham spotted Davies' burst through midfield and he reached the ball before Dean Kiely but was sent tumbling by the Irish keeper, who clearly looked to have clipped his right foot. Referee Alan Wiley saw it differently though and promptly booked Davies for diving. As pointed out later by Glenn Hoddle, it would be completely out of character for Davies to dive and while the boss and his player took it in good grace afterward, it looked a poor decision and could have been a costly one.

A minute later and the save of the night from Keller. Jason Euell pounced on a loose ball 25 yards out and unleashed a drive but the American managed to tip the shot aside at full stretch to his right.

Sheringham turned creator again after 68 minutes, flicking a header into the path of Etherington who half-volleyed over from the angle.

Charlton started to go longer and longer, gobbled up by Richards and Gardner, and, as the natives became restless, we bossed the final 20 minutes.

We simply kept hold of the ball in the final minutes and Charlton's night was summed up when Steve Brown smashed their final chance, a free-kick 30 yards out, into Row Z.


1min: YELLOW. Konchesky for ill-timed early tackle on Davies.

6mins: First half-threat as Keller slides out bravely to gather from Euell.

7mins: GOAL. Davies one-two with Sheringham before blasting into roof of the net from 10 yards. 1-0.

15mins: Kishishev let rip from 30 yards but comfortable low save to his left for Keller.

17mins: Superb turn from Etherington took him away from two defenders, passed inside to Sheringham, got it back but Bart-Williams arrived just in time to complete fine challenge.

22mins: Bart-Williams poor free-kick, clipped over the bar from edge of the area.

28mins: Keller good hands diving to his right to save Kishishev snap shot from 25 yards.

29mins: Konchesky curled free-kick wide from 25 yards.

41mins: Sheringham cushioned Ziege pass into path of Redknapp who curled just wide from 18 yards.

Half-time: Charlton 0-1 Spurs

47mins: Jensen slid into tackle and nicked ball into path of Euell, Keller out bravely again to win 50-50.

49mins: Gardner stretching for header took Redknapp's corner off Doherty's head.

50mins: Two Ziege corners in a matter of seconds caused havoc. The first was headed over from under the bar by Gardner, the second looped up and was volleyed back into the dagner area by Redknapp but no-one was there to apply the final touch.

52mins: Another Redknapp corner, this time Richards headed wide under pressure from 15 yards.

54mins: SUB. Svennson for Johansson.

60mins: YELLOW. Davies onto Sheringham's perfectly-weighted pass, beat Kiely in the box, brought down but booked for diving in what looked a terrible decision.

61mins: SAVE. Charlton break down the other end and Keller produced the save of the night, tipping Euell's 20-yarder wide at full stretch.

64mins: SUB. Robinson for Kishishev.

69mins: Sheringham cushioned header set up Etherington, ball took ages to settle and the winger half-volleyed over from 12 yards.

71mins: SUB. Brown for Fortune.

76mins: Redknapp fired over from 20 yards.

77mins: SUB. Ferdinand for Doherty.

90mins: YELLOW. Bunjevcevic for tug on Jensen or kicking ball away.

Starting line-ups: Charlton: Kiely, Kishishev (Robinson, 64), Powell, Rufus, Euell, Jensen, Bart-Williams, Konchesky, Young, Johansson (Svensson, 54), Fortune (Brown, 71). Subs: Rachubka, Lisbie.

Spurs: Keller, Taricco, Ziege, Richards, Gardner, Bunjevcevic, Redknapp, Davies, Etherington, Doherty (Ferdinand, 77), Sheringham. Subs: Hirschfeld, Rebrov, Thatcher, Acimovic.