Monday 20 December 2004, 8:00pm at The Valley, London
Barclays Premier League
Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic
Thomas 27'; El Karkouri 66'
Fulham FC
Radzinski 82'

27' Goal

Jerome Thomas

66' Goal

Talal El Karkouri

81' Yellow Card

Radostin Kishishev Card was given for a foul

79' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Francis Jeffers
Off:Shaun Bartlett

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paul Konchesky
Off:Dennis Rommedahl

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jason Euell
Off:Jerome Thomas

82' Goal

Tomasz Radzinski

18' Yellow Card

Papa Bouba Diop Card was given for a foul

65' Yellow Card

Liam Rosenior Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomasz Radzinski
Off:Steed Malbranque

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Collins John
Off:Sylvain Legwinski

Charlton survived a tense finish to see off Fulham and go up to seventh. Charlton took the lead when Shaun Bartlett's right-wing cross fell for Jerome Thomas to sweep the ball home.

Talal El Karkouri and Danny Murphy both hit the woodwork after the break before El Karkouri headed home a Murphy free-kick to double the lead.

Fulham's Papa Bouba Diop rattled the crossbar before substitute Tomasz Radzinski pulled one back from close-range, but Charlton held on. Charlton, fresh from two away wins in a row, began much the better of the two teams with Thomas and Dennis Rommedahl using their pace to exploit gaps in the Fulham defence.

Fulham were relying on Andy Cole on the counter-attack and he had the ball in the net after rounding Dean Kiely, only for the assistant's flag to rule him offside.

The hosts' first real chance fell to El Karkouri, who latched on to a Murphy corner to force a decent low save from Edwin van der Sar with a firm header.

Soon after they went ahead, Bartlett's right-wing cross evading two Fulham defenders and falling at the feet of Thomas, who swept in from six yards.

Fulham tried to respond, Sylvain Legwinski hitting a 20-yard drive that Kiely had to be alert to save, but the visitors' attack looked too thin to force any prolonged pressure.

The Addicks nearly made it 2-0, but Jon Fortune could not quite get on to the end of a Hermann Hreidarsson knock-down from a corner.

The second period started in much the same vain, El Karkouri slamming a shot against the crossbar after Diop had failed to clear another Murphy corner.

Fulham just could not get into their stride and Murphy linked up well with Hreidarsson down the left before jinking into the box and curling a right-foot shot on to the far post.

It seemed a matter of time before Charlton doubled their lead and with 66 minutes on the clock they did just that.

The lively Thomas was felled by Liam Rosenior on the edge of Fulham's box and Murphy's inswinging free-kick was flicked home with his head by El Karkouri.

The Cottagers responded well with Diop crashing a free-kick off the crossbar from just outside the penalty area.

Fulham boss Chris Coleman brought on Radzinski and Collins John as he tried to haul his side back into the game and with eight minutes left he got his wish.

Brian McBride had a header saved by Kiely and Radzinski was on hand three yards out to poke the ball home and set up a tense finish for the home supporters. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 20 December 2004
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: The Valley, London
Attendance: 26,108

Referee: Steve Bennett

Charlton Athletic

Line-up: Kiely; Young, El Karkouri, Fortune, Hreidarsson; Thomas (Euell 87'), Holland, Murphy, Kishishev; Bartlett (Jeffers 79'), Rommedahl (Konchesky 83')

Unused substitutes: Andersen, Hughes


Line-up: Van der Sar; Rosenior, Pearce, Rehman, Bocanegra; Malbranque (Radzinski 63'), Diop, Legwinski (John 73'), Pembridge; McBride, Cole

Unused substitutes: Flitney, Volz, Knight

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 18 43
2 Arsenal 18 38
3 Everton 18 37
4 Manchester United 18 34
5 Middlesbrough 18 32
6 Liverpool 18 28
7 Charlton Athletic 18 27
8 Tottenham Hotspur 18 25
9 Aston Villa 18 25
10 Manchester City 18 23
11 Bolton Wanderers 18 23
12 Portsmouth 18 23
13 Newcastle United 18 21
14 Birmingham City 18 20
15 Fulham 18 18
16 Blackburn Rovers 18 15
17 Norwich City 18 15
18 Crystal Palace 18 14
19 Southampton 18 13
20 West Bromwich Albion 18 10
Charlton Athletic (4-4-2)
  • 1Dean Kiely
  • 2Luke Young
  • 15Talal El Karkouri
  • 24Jonathan Fortune
  • 3Hermann Hreidarsson
  • 14Jerome Thomas
  • 8Matt Holland
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 6Radostin Kishishev
  • 17Shaun Bartlett
  • 19Dennis Rommedahl
  • 16Stephan Andersen
  • 3Paul Konchesky
  • 20Bryan Hughes
  • 11Francis Jeffers
  • 17Jason Euell
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Edwin Van der Sar
  • 37Liam Rosenior
  • 35Ian Pearce
  • 21Zesh Rehman
  • 34Carlos Bocanegra
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 5Sylvain Legwinski
  • 7Mark Pembridge
  • 8Brian McBride
  • 8Andrew Cole
  • 19Ross Flitney
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 6Zat Knight
  • 17Tomasz Radzinski
  • 17Collins John