Addicks see off Spurs
By James Pearson. Last Updated: 06/11/04 4:54pm
Ten-man Charlton Athletic survived a late challenge from Tottenham to clinch an exciting 3-2 victory at White Hart Lane.
A superb brace from Shaun Bartlett and third from Jerome Thomas put the visitors in control before the South African was sent off.
Bartlett handled on the line and was shown the red card. Robbie Keane scored from the penalty spot and despite Jermain Defoe pulling another one back, the home side were unable to muster an equaliser.
The game began slowly with only the stray back pass and odd foul giving the supporters something to cheer about.
Spurs started the better, with caretaker boss Martin Jol switching formations to 4-4-2 pushing Keane out left.
The Addicks did not look an immediate threat, but opened the scoring with their first attack after 17 minutes.
Pedro Mendes failed to close down Thomas out on the left and his cross was met superbly by Bartlett in the middle who stroked the ball past Paul Robinson with his left foot.
The goal gave the visitors enormous confidence with Danny Murphy, who came close to joining Spurs in the summer, causing problems for the home side playing in just behind Bartlett.
Tottenham came close to equalising after 35 minutes, but firstly Ledley King glanced Robbie Keane's floated through-ball wide while Freddie Kanoute lashed his effort over from out wide.
Within minutes, Charlton doubled their advantage when Luke Young's superb right wing cross was met by Bartlett to head home at the back post leaving Robinson with no chance.
Spurs tried to get a foot back in the door of the game before the break, however Jol's side were kept out leaving the Spurs' faithful to make known what they felt of the game.
Within minutes of the re-start Charlton pressed home their advantage when Thomas played a one-two with Bartlett, however his shot was fortunate to go in off King's heel past Robinson.
The home side tried to respond through Keane but his low drive was saved by Kiely while Kanoute was desperately unlucky to see his well-struck effort hit the post and rebound to safety.
Michael Carrick was brought off the bench in a bid to turn things around shortly after the interval and his arrival came close to making an immediate impact.
The former West Ham man burst through the middle, but Defoe was unable to keep his effort down and blazed the shot high and wide.
The match changed in Spurs' favour on 68 minutes when two-goal hero Bartlett was sent off for keeping Zeto Ziegler's goal-bound shot out with his hands.
Referee Neale Barry did not hesitate and sent the South African from the field and Keane made no mistake from the spot after rolling the ball past Kiely.
It was game on after 79 minutes when Defoe latched on Keane's superbly weighted pass to lash an unstoppable right-footed effort past the helpless Kiely following Matt Holland's mistake.
Substitute Jason Euell was inches from adding to Charlton's advantage, but after breaking the off-side trap his chipped effort over Robinson rolled just wide of the far post.
Despite immense pressure from Jol's boys they failed to bag an equaliser their second half play deserved leaving them with a fourth consecutive Premiership defeat.
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|Team Name||Tottenham Hotspur||Charlton Athletic|
|Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||7||3|
|Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||9||0|
|Total Fouls Conceded||6||14|
Barclays Premier League
|12||West Ham United||34||37|
|16||West Bromwich Albion||33||33|