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The Valley (ATT 26,202) 8th February 2008 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: L Probert

Charlton Charlton Athletic vs Crystal Palace C Palace

Varney brace downs Palace

Charlton draw level on points with fourth-placed Stoke

Last Updated: 08/02/08 9:54pm

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Varney: At the double

Varney: At the double

Charlton's Luke Varney struck a fine brace to seal a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at The Valley.

The Addicks were in control for large periods of the game and finally made their dominance pay with Varney netting two second-half goals.

The visitors began the brighter and threatened to take an early lead via Mark Hudson's excellent delivery from corner-kicks.

Charlton weathered the storm, though, and soon began to enjoy the majority share of possession.

Greg Halford was presented with a decent opportunity, but goalkeeper Julian Speroni parried away his stabbed effort.

Woodwork

Minutes later, Halford was in the thick of the action once more, blasting wide after he found himself one-on-one with Speroni.

The Argentine shot-stopper then saved Zheng Zhi's effort, before Varney saw his placed strike come back off the post.

Five minutes into the second half Charlton finally broke the deadlock when Varney powered his way into the box to flick the ball into the net.

Palace rallied for a leveller, with manager Neil Warnock bringing on strikers Dougie Freedman and Shefki Kuqi.

But an equaliser proved out of reach as Varney sealed the success firing home after cutting in from the left-hand channel.

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2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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