Addicks held in Toon battle
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: 17/10/04 5:50pm
Charlton and Newcastle played out an action-packed 1-1 draw at The Valley.
The Addicks were celebrating their centenary year and the game will live long in the memory, especially a frantic ending that saw a multitude of goalmouth incidents.
Graeme Souness' side had the better of the first half, opening the scoring through Craig Bellamy and having another goal from Lee Bowyer harshly ruled out for a foul in the build up.
Charlton came back strongly in the second period and Kevin Lisbie's run and shot resulted in an own goal from Andy O'Brien, but the action was far from finished.
Both sides had chances to go ahead in the closing stages with each team having a shot cleared off the line, while Charlton struck the woodwork twice.
Newcastle started brightly and Jermaine Jenas showed neat footwork at the edge of the box but opted to poke a shot wide of the post with Alan Shearer unmarked.
Danny Murphy set up a great chance for Graham Stuart after 13 minutes but Shay Given produced a fine save to claw away the Charlton midfielder's curler.
The visitors had the better of the play during the opening half, and Lee Bowyer looked to have put them ahead on 35 minutes when he fired past Dean Kiely, but the goal was chalked off for a foul by the former Charlton man on Murphy in the build up.
The Magpies did take the lead three minute later, when Olivier Bernard produced a superb cross from the left and Welshman Bellamy just had to make contact to steer it into the top corner.
Shearer nearly made it two moments later from another Bernard cross, but his effort trickled just wide after he reached the ball ahead of Kiely.
The Addicks were much improved after the break and they duly levelled the scores on 51 minutes, in what will go down as on own goal from Andy O'Brien.
Kevin Lisbie had nipped in ahead of the Newcastle defender and rounded Given, but covering right back Steven Carr appeared touch the ball goalwards ahead of Lisbie, with O'Brien's attempted clearance flying straight into the back of the net.
Charlton's tails were up and Murphy and Dennis Rommedahl flashed shots over before Shaun Bartlett fired into the side netting after being put through by Lisbie.
Substitute Laurent Robert had a great chance to make an immediate impact but his shot was met with a last-ditch block from Luke Young.
Newcastle came on strong in what turned out to be a pulsating end to the match, which first saw Shearer's 81st-minute header cleared off the line by Murphy.
Rommedahl then had a left-footed effort deflected onto the crossbar, before and amazing scramble inside the Newcastle box saw Charlton come within inches of taking the lead.
An 86th minute corner fell to Francis Jeffers at the far post, and he set up Jonathan Fortune to shoot goalwards, only for Shearer to block the shot on the line with his chest.
A screwball scramble ensued and The Addicks had had couple of efforts blocked before Matt Holland bundled a shot that beat Given but came off the post.
Referee Peter Walton eventually called a halt to hostilities after a breathless final ten minutes with the game ending in a 1-1 draw.
|Charlton Athletic||Team Statistics||Newcastle United|
|0||1st Half Goals||1|
|5||Shots on Target||2|
|7||Shots off Target||7|
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