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The Hawthorns (ATT 23,909) 24th September 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Foy

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

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Murphy mastery sinks Baggies

By Chris Stanton.   Last Updated: 24/09/05 4:45pm

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A superbly adept first half performance from Charlton was enough to record a 2-1 win at West Bromwich with Danny Murphy scoring a brace of goals.

After a lethargic opening from the home side, Albion responded impressively in the second half but were repelled by an Addicks rearguard effort magnificently marshalled by Chris Perry and could only offer Curtis Davies's consolation in response.

The initial breakthrough arrived after less than ten minutes, Jerome Thomas wriggled free down the left and he sprinted past Steve Watson only for the full back to bring him down a yard inside the box.

Referee Chris Foy correctly adjudicated and awarded the penalty, with Murphy sending Chris Kirkland the wrong way from the spot to give the more assured side a ninth minute lead.

While Charlton's midfield were establishing their authority, Albion's lacklustre four were less than impressive, allowing the likes of Murphy and Alexei Smertin time and space.

Murphy's header from Rommedahl's cross forced a stunning save from Kirkland and, from another Rommedahl cut back, Thomas's shot forced the keeper to save again.

The score was doubled, and deservedly so, on the half hour mark. Rommedahl's pace once again caused consternation in the Albion backline and after dashing past Jonathan Greening his cross found Murphy seven yards out who made no mistake.

After a subdued start The Baggies finally began to take some initiative and the marauding Curtis Davies presented a crossing opportunity for Zoltan Gera, however Campbell could only find Stephan Andersen with his firm header.

Davies took matters into his own hands and halved the deficit six minutes after the interval. Ronnie Wallwork headed a corner on and the signing from Luton climbed high to beat Andersen to the ball.

Gera dragged horribly wide when well placed before having a shot blocked as the impetus was grasped by Bryan Robson's side.

Charlton seemed content to soak up the pressure with Perry in imperious form and the visitors failed to create an opportunity worthy of the name during the second half.

Albion's approach was more graft than craft, nevertheless half chances came and went for The Baggies. Greening's bobbling effort was just wide while Gera's controlled strike was gathered by Andersen.

Subsitute Diomansy Kamara almost claimed a dramatic equaliser when his downward header deceived Andersen but the ball struck the frame of the goal and bounced to safety.

Click here for West Bromwich Albion v Charlton Athletic player ratings.

West Bromwich AlbionTeam NameCharlton Athletic
1Goals2
5Shots on target ( Inc Goals )4
8Shots off Target (inc woodwork)4
5Blocked Shots1
6Corners Won3
11Total Fouls Conceded13
3Offsides4
0Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
43%Possession57%

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