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The lowdown on Charlton

Posted on 2 February 2001  - 12:00

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It is hard to countenance now with Charlton sitting pretty in ninth place, and because corrected mishaps are quickly forgotten, but Alan Curbishley&rsquo&#59;s team were a matter of only four minutes from becoming the butt of all football-related jokes early last month.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>That was when John Salako saved Curbishley&rsquo&#59;s crew from a result that would have stayed with them for a lifetime. Whatever success they achieved, Curbishley in particular, what would have been remembered was the Premiership side downed by the butchers, bakers and car salesmen of a non-league outfit.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>Salako denied Dagenham & Redbridge a hefty dose of FA Cup glory at the Valley with his late leveller, and the Premiership side have since navigated a route through a tricky replay. The mishap is now all but forgotten and the Addicks can relish the fact that they have remained unbeaten since Boxing Day.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>That day was something of a turning point for the south Londoners. Up to that point, the season had provided a real mixed bag of results &mdash&#59; seven wins and eight losses from 19 games. A satisfactory return going into a clash with a team Charlton are openly seeking to emulate in terms of status and support &mdash&#59; West Ham.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>But the Hammers turned the screw on the wannabes, giving Charlton a 5-0 holiday thumping.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>Curbishley can take considerable heart from the way his team has responded. Handing fellow promoted side Manchester City a 4-1 hiding at Maine Road, beating Arsenal by a single goal, and restoring some pride by sharing the spoils with West Ham in an early return match. Last time out Charlton overcame Derby by a 2-1 scoreline at the Valley.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>A feature of Charlton&rsquo&#59;s recovery could well be the introduction of promising young thrusters Scott Parker and Paul Konchesky. As Spurs have found, giving youth its head can bring considerable rewards &mdash&#59; and savings.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <IMG align=left src="../title_images/scott_parker_main.jpg"> <P>Parker, pictured left, the McDonald&rsquo&#59;s kid from the 1994 World Cup, was farmed out on loan to Norwich in late 2000, and the first team experience has obviously stood him in good stead. Konchesky was pondering his future not so long ago, frustrated at not being able to break into Curbishley&rsquo&#59;s seemingly settled team.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>Both are now involved as Curbishley is benefiting from freshening up the team from time to time by utilising his squad to the full.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>Others to profit from this are exciting striker Kevin Lisbie and the veteran Salako. Much has been made of the strides taken by Peter Taylor and Leicester this season, plaudits a plenty have been directed towards the east midlands but, it should be noted, that Charlton are level in the table with the same amount of points but much less credit.<o:p></o:p></SPAN> <P>Spurs will not wish for Curbishley to open his credit account over the next two games, much rather improve on a record of 19 wins out of 37 games against Charlton in League combat, with seven draws.</SPAN> <P><I>By Richard Hubbard</I></SPAN> <P class=MsoNormal><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt&#59; mso-bidi-font-size: 10.0pt"></SPAN>&nbsp&#59;