Addicks thump Canaries
By Alex Dunn. Last Updated: 13/11/04 4:50pm
Norwich's attempt to find a first Premiership win in 13 ended in abject disappointment as Charlton cruised to a 4-0 win at The Valley.
Charlton never looked like losing after a Jonatan Johansson brace had handed them a two goal first half advantage and it was substitutes Paul Konchesky and Jason Euell that added gloss to a polished performance in the second period.
In the opening exchanges, Norwich continued to endeavour to play football in a neat and stylish fashion but if they remain as polite in the tackle then it is difficult to envisage Premiership survival.
Too often Charlton's middle quartet were allowed to dictate proceedings, with Danny Murphy's cunning final passes complementing the industrious promptings of Matt Holland and the exuberance of the raw but promising Jerome Thomas.
For all the home side's early control, it was the visitors that conjured the first opportunity of the half when Leon McKenzie found space down the right flank. His astute cross found the head of a breaking Gary Holt but he could only find the grateful palms of Dean Kiely.
Holt's miss was to prove costly minutes later, in the 11th, when Herman Hreidarsson planted a header into the path of team-mate Johansson following a deep free-kick from right to left.
Unattended, five yards from the Norwich goal, the resurgent Finn headed past a criminally exposed Robert Green to send The Valley into raptures.
Within five minutes and Worthington's woes were worsened, as his static back four were exposed again to allow Charlton to double their advantage.
After Murphy found Thomas down the right channel, he was allowed to continue his run unattended into the Norwich box and after his header from a scooped return forced Green to palm the ball away, Johansson was on hand to stab home his second of a productive afternoon.
Norwich's response proved sporadic and were primarily channelled through the jet-heeled breaks of Darren Huckerby and McKenzie, with the latter producing their best moment of the half when hooking an improvised volley narrowly wide.
Johansson hinted at a hat-trick but was thwarted on two separate occasions, as Charlton's impressive possession persistently looked likely to break down Norwich's brittle resolve.
Worthington's response at the interval was to introduce David Bentley to the proceedings and while without producing a final product, the Arsenal man was at least intent on testing a previously untroubled Kiely.
The England Under-21 international brought two moments of uncertainty, courtesy of a pair of free-kicks but it was Charlton who looked more likely to extend their lead through the lightning breaks of Kevin Lisbie.
McKenzie thought he had reduced the deficit but was rightly adjudged to be offside from Huckerby's delivery and then Worthington's misery was compounded when Green hobbled off - feeling the repercussions of a first half clash with Lisbie.
As the game reached its final quarter, Huckerby's jinxing down the left wing caused occasional palpitations for those in red at The Valley but it was team-mate Marc Edworthy that went the closest, when he saw his angled drive cleared off the Charlton line.
With Curbishley looking to quell Norwich's mini-resurgence, Konchesky was summoned from the bench to replace striker Lisbie and he proceeded to unexpectedly net with his first touch in converting Luke Young's cross.
Fellow substitute Euell then netted in the final moments, courtesy of a neat finish from Johansson's cross after a decisive Charlton break-away.
Addicks' boss Curbishley will be more than content with a dominate display, albeit against a Norwich side that looks destined for a quick return to The Championship.
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|Team Name||Charlton Athletic||Norwich City|
|Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||7||3|
|Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||5||4|
|Total Fouls Conceded||14||11|
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|17||West Ham United||15||13|