Addicks late show stuns Palace
By Paul Higham. Last Updated: 05/12/04 4:31pm
Charlton stole a last-gasp 1-0 win at Crystal Palace with Dennis Rommedahl's strike coming three seconds before the final whistle.
The Eagles will be kicking themselves after surrendering all three points at Selhurst Park despite having the better of the chances.
Top scorer Andy Johnson had a second half penalty saved by Dean Kiely in what looked to be heading for a frustrating draw for the home side, before Rommedahl's first goal for Charlton came in the dying seconds
Iain Dowie had sent his side out full of purpose and they were at it right from the word go with Wayne Routledge and Joonas Kolkka firing in dangerous crosses.
Charlton took ten minutes to get into the match, with Danny Murphy finding Matt Holland's run into the box only for Fitz Hall to block.
Palace keeper Gabor Kiraly had to come out bravely to challenge Shaun Bartlett with the South African sliding in looking to profit on some slack defending from the hosts.
Holland again arrived in the Palace box with purpose on 24 minutes after some good wing play from Jerome Thomas, but the Addicks skipper's header flew just wide.
A major talking point came on the half hour mark when the linesman flagged for a foul on Bartlett by Tony Popovic, who looked to have hauled the striker down when trying to break through.
However, referee Matt Messias waved away Charlton appeals and even refused to acknowledge his assistant's flag, to the annoyance of Murphy who ended up being booked for his protests.
Kolkka did well three minutes before the break to fire in a great cross from the left for the fast-arriving Aki Riihilahti to power a header goalwards, but it bounced off the turf and came off the crossbar.
Kiraly then had to stick out a strong right hand at his near post to fend off Thomas' near post effort after he had wriggled into the box.
The Eagles were given a golden opportunity to open the scoring on 56 minutes thanks to a rash challenge from Talal El Karkouri, who needlessly slid in to bring Johnson down inside the box for a penalty.
Johnson picked himself up to take the spot kick but Kiely flung himself to his left to produce a fine save to turn the ball aside for a corner.
Kolkka tested Kiely again on 66 minutes when he cut in from the left before firing in a right footed effort that was well held by the Charlton keeper.
Johnson had another chance ten minutes from time when he ghosted in behind Jonathan Fortune, but his low shot from a tight angle was gathered by the retreating Kiely.
Substitute Vassilis Lakis had a great chance to win it in the final minute when Routledge fizzed in a peach of a cross from the right, but the Greek was unable to get any contact at the near post, while Luke Young was lucky when the ball came off his head and just wide of the post with Kiely beaten.
With the game in injury time, Charlton stole the points when Rommedahl cut in from the right before firing a right-footed effort past Kiraly at his near post.
The goal came with virtually the last kick of the game and gave Palace no time to respond and they were left ruing Johnson's penalty miss after The Addicks stole all the points.
|Crystal Palace||Team Statistics||Charlton Athletic|
|0||1st Half Goals||0|
|4||Shots on Target||6|
|3||Shots off Target||4|
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