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Valley of despair for reserves

Posted on 5 October 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

FA PREMIER RESERVE LEAGUE

Charlton Reserves 5 Spurs Reserves 0

Manager Chris Hughton was shell shocked as his side were outplayed by Charlton on Wednesday night.

Dangerman Charlie McDonald scored twice and hit the woodwork on three occasions as Addicks hammered what appeared to be a strong side at The Valley.

McDonald opened the scoring after 14 minutes from a near-post corner and to Hughton’s dismay, the same routine led to the second goal after 25 minutes as McDonald’s shot was blocked but he was first to the rebound.

Our best spell followed with efforts from Mark Gower and Chris Armstrong but the result was all-but decided three minutes into the second half when Dave Collis converted John Salako’s cross.

Salako scored the fourth himself, McDonald hit the woodwork twice before his replacement Kevin Lisbie completed the nightmare with the fifth goal two minutes from time.

A disappointed Hughton admitted: “Where do I start? Defensively we were naïve, we didn’t work hard enough and came up against a team that wanted to win and play more than we did.

“We didn’t do ourselves any favours and every goal we gave away was poor defensive goal.

“We only started to play 10 minutes before half-time, had a couple of decent efforts but in the second game we were chasing the game and made ourselves too vulnerable."

Spurs: Kelly, Hillier, Thelwell, King, Piercy, Gower, Anderton, Korsten, Etherington, Armstrong (Kamanan 85), Dominguez (McEwen 61).

To listen to Chris Hughton's thoughts, click here