Saturday 8 November 2003, 3:00pm at The Valley, London
Barclays Premier League
Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic
Stuart 10'; Johansson 69', 76'
Fulham FC
Davis 89'

10' Goal

Graham Stuart

69' Goal

Jonatan Johansson

76' Goal

Jonatan Johansson

29' Yellow Card

Chris Perry Card was given for a foul

39' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Jason Euell
Off:Claus Jensen

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Powell
Off:Scott Parker

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paolo Di Canio
Off:Kevin Lisbie

89' Goal

Sean Davis

42' Yellow Card

Junichi Inamoto Card was given for a foul

66' Yellow Card

Sylvain Legwinski Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Barry Hayles
Off:Luis Boa Morte

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Sean Davis
Off:Junichi Inamoto

74' Substitution

Player was substituted due to an injury
On:Darren Pratley
Off:Barry Hayles

A late Sean Davis consolation goal was the only positive from Fulham's encounter with Charlton at The Valley on Saturday afternoon.

Alan Curbishley's side have taken 16 points from a possible 18, courtesy of five wins and one draw, and now occupy a Champions League qualification spot. 

This thumping victory came courtesy of Graham Stuart's first goal for 22 months - sweeping home a loose ball - and a brace from Jonatan Johansson as he hit the net for the first time since March. The Finn's first was a rasping half-volley and his second a tap-in after an horrendous error by Andy Melville. 

This was an entertaining clash between the teams who were seventh and sixth at kick-off. In the first half, aside from Stuart's ninth-minute strike, both goalkeepers had to be on their toes throughout as spectacular long-range shooting was the order of the day in south-east London. 

The floodgates opened after the break as Johansson struck after 71 and 78 minutes, with Sean Davis bagging Fulham's injury-time consolation as he made his first appearance of the season after withdrawing his transfer request. 

This result was a sobering one for Fulham boss Chris Coleman, whose side pulled off the shock of the season to win at Old Trafford a fortnight ago but have lost both games since. 

Early on today, Louis Saha span Mark Fish and tested home keeper Dean Kiely. But the side from south of the river went in front with nine minutes on the clock. Claus Jensen set up Johansson, whose shot was parried by van der Sar straight into the path of Stuart - and he swept home from eight yards. 

Charlton upped the pressure and Scott Parker had two cracks at goal - one a sensational 40-yard strike which flew inches over the Fulham bar and one a volley which dipped just wide. 

Saha had a chance to pull Fulham level after 26 minutes. He raced onto Luis Boa Morte's through-pass and reached the ball before Kiely. However, he stumbled as he skipped past the custodian and the opportunity was gone. Junichi Inamoto was close to an audacious equaliser moments later, thumping a looping shot goalwards from fully 45 yards which landed on the roof of Kiely's net. Kiely clawed Zat Knight's header to safety and, at the other end, Edwin van der Sar stretched to fingertip Johansson's cross away from Lisbie at the farpost. 

Jason Euell was handed an early piece of the action five minutes before the break. 

Jensen injured his right knee stretching for the ball and was replaced by the forward. Chris Coleman's visitors forged a decent opportunity after 54 minutes. Moritz Volz's cross was half-cleared by Radostin Kishishev and Lee Clark thumped an angled volley into Kiely's midriff. 

Van der Sar saved his team when he dropped smartly to his right to stop Lisbie's header from a Charlton set-piece. And the Addicks powered into a two-goal lead with a stunning Johansson strike with 19 minutes left. He headed towards Euell, 10 yards from goal, who cushioned the ball back to the Finn. Johansson connected with a thunderous half-volley, whistling past van der Sar and into the far corner. 

And a nightmare error by Melville gift-wrapped Charlton their third after 78 minutes. He attempted to side-foot the ball back to van der Sar but hopelessly under-hit it, allowing Johansson to poke home his second. Charlton were rampant now and only the post prevented Euell adding a fourth with a fierce drive. 

Substitute Davis grabbed an injury-time consolation for Fulham after Sylvain Legwinski's shot hit both posts.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 8 November 2003
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: The Valley, London
Attendance: 26,344

Referee: Andy D'Urso

Charlton Athletic

Line-up: Kiely; Kishishev, Perry, Fish, Hreidarsson; Claus Jensen (Euell 39'), Parker (Powell 80'), Holland, Stuart; Lisbie (Di Canio 85'), Johansson

Unused substitutes: Royce, Sankofa


Line-up: Van der Sar; Volz, Knight, Melville, Bonnissel; Malbranque, Clark, Inamoto (Davis 70'), Legwinski, Boa Morte (Hayles 62' (Pratley 74')); Saha

Unused substitutes: Crossley, Djetou

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Arsenal 12 30
2 Chelsea 11 26
3 Manchester United 11 25
4 Charlton Athletic 12 21
5 Birmingham City 12 20
6 Manchester City 11 18
7 Fulham 12 18
8 Liverpool 11 17
9 Southampton 12 17
10 Newcastle United 11 16
11 Portsmouth 12 15
12 Middlesbrough 12 14
13 Tottenham Hotspur 12 12
14 Bolton Wanderers 12 12
15 Aston Villa 12 11
16 Everton 11 10
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 10
18 Leicester City 11 8
19 Blackburn Rovers 11 8
20 Leeds United 12 8
Charlton Athletic (4-4-2)
  • 1Dean Kiely
  • 6Radostin Kishishev
  • 5Chris Perry
  • Mark Fish
  • 3Hermann Hreidarsson
  • 16Claus Jensen
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 8Matt Holland
  • 4Graham Stuart
  • 12Kevin Lisbie
  • 21Jonatan Johansson
  • Simon Royce
  • 11Chris Powell
  • 28Osei Sankofa
  • Paolo Di Canio
  • 17Jason Euell
Fulham (4-5-1)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 16Zat Knight
  • 4Andy Melville
  • 18Jerome Bonnissel
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 10Lee Clark
  • 6Junichi Inamoto
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 8Louis Saha
  • 12Mark Crossley
  • 17Martin Djetou
  • 23Sean Davis
  • 31Darren Pratley
  • 15Barry Hayles