Monday 17 October 2005, 8:00pm at The Valley, London
Barclays Premier League
Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic
Holland 47'
Fulham FC
John 28'

47' Goal

Matt Holland

27' Yellow Card

Radostin Kishishev Card was given for a foul

78' Yellow Card

Talal El Karkouri Card was given for a foul

59' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jay Bothroyd
Off:Jerome Thomas

76' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Talal El Karkouri
Off:Radostin Kishishev

28' Goal

Collins John

29' Yellow Card

Philippe Christanval Card was given for a foul

45'+23 Yellow Card

Moritz Volz Card was given for a foul

87' Yellow Card

Steed Malbranque Card was given for a foul

35' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tomasz Radzinski
Off:Philippe Christanval

78' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Brian McBride
Off:Collins John

Fulham earned a point with a battling performance at Charlton taking a first half lead through Collins John only for Charlton to level early in the second half. There were chances at both ends but in the final analysis it was honours even.

Fulham made just one change from the side that started against Manchester United with Phillipe Christanval in place of Brian McBride as Fulham started with a 4-5-1 formation with Collins John playing as lone striker.

With three strikers on the bench the intention to supplement the attack later in the game was the clear plan. On the Charlton side the expected return of previous first choice goalkeeper Dean Keily did not materialise.

Defences dominated in the early stages with Steed Malbranque carrying the greatest threat, Charlton though almost took an early lead when Rommedahl worked an opening on the right hand edge of the box and sent a low shot thudding against the post.

Fulham’s first real attempt on goal came after twelve minutes when Moritz Volz burst into the box laying the ball across to Collins John who shot tamely wide of goal. John was again almost on the scoresheet two minutes later when he threw himself forward at Boa Morte’s pass but just failed to reach the ball. Diop then tried his first long range shot of the night but the ball sailed harmlessly over.

Charlton again found room on the right flank and Rommedhal’s low centre almost created an opening for Darren Bent who slid in but failed to connect with the cross. In the 27th minute Kishishev became the first man booked by Referee Mike Riley for a foul on Claus Jensen, from the free kick the ball was played forward to Steed Malbranque who quickly turned the ball back to Collins John who volleyed the ball into the net to put Fulham in front.

Phillipe Christianval was booked for a foul on Powell but Charlton wasted the free kick, the ball soon transferred to the other end where Steed Malbranque fired the ball across the goalmouth. It was end to end stuff with Danny Murphy rifling the ball narrowly wide.

A foul on Volz earned a free kick on the edge of the box, there was a short delay whilst Tomasz Radzinski replaced Christanval then Claus Jensen curled the ball just wide of goal. A foul on Luis Boa Morte produced another Jensen free kick which found its way to the far side of the area where Radzinski struck a low shot across the face of goal. On the stroke of half time Charlton almost equalised when Rommedhal’s cross almost found Hreidarsson at the far post but the former Palace defender could only stab the ball wide.

Charlton equalised three minutes after he break when Jerome Thomas centred from the left, the ball running across to Danny Murphy who fired a low shot past Mark Crossley from ten yards out.

A foul on Boa Morte close to the touchline produced a free kick which was whipped into the box, Diop climbed above the home defence but his header passed just over the bar. Jay Bothroyd replaced Jerome Thomas on the hour and soon showed his attacking instinct with a low shot which Crossley dived low to hold.

A fine flowing move involving Jensen and Boa Morte ended with Moritz Volz striding forward to hammer a low shot a fraction wide. Chris Perry then headed over the bar from a Murphy free kick after Bocanegra was penalised for a foul.

Charlton brought on Talal El Karkouri after 76 minutes, his first act to pick up a booking for a dreadful challenge on Luis Boa Morte. McBride replaced Collins John and soon set up a chance for Papa Bouba Diop who fired wide from the edge of the box. With two minutes remaining Hreidarsson went close and Fulham were unlucky with a neat passing move which almost saw Radzinski get behind the home defence. Malbranque then provided a chance for Boa Morte who volleyed wide. 

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 17 October 2005
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: The Valley, London
Attendance: 26,310

Referee: Mike Riley

Charlton Athletic

Line-up: Andersen; Young, Hreidarsson, Perry, Powell; Thomas (Bothroyd 59'), Holland, Zhi, Kishishev (El Karkouri 76'); Bent, Rommedahl

Unused substitutes: Myhre, Spector, Hughes


Line-up: Crossley; Volz, Goma, Bocanegra, Jensen; Christanval (Radzinski 35'); Malbranque, Claus Jensen, Diop, Boa Morte; John (McBride 78')

Unused substitutes: Warner, Rosenior, Helguson

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 9 27
2 Tottenham Hotspur 9 18
3 Manchester United 8 17
4 Manchester City 9 17
5 Charlton Athletic 8 16
6 Wigan Athletic 8 16
7 Bolton Wanderers 9 14
8 Arsenal 8 13
9 West Ham United 8 12
10 Middlesbrough 9 12
11 Blackburn Rovers 9 11
12 Liverpool 7 10
13 Newcastle United 9 9
14 Aston Villa 9 9
15 West Bromwich Albion 9 8
16 Portsmouth 9 7
17 Fulham 9 6
18 Birmingham City 9 6
19 Sunderland 9 5
20 Everton 8 3
Charlton Athletic (4-4-2)
  • 16Stephan Andersen
  • 2Luke Young
  • 3Hermann Hreidarsson
  • 5Chris Perry
  • 11Chris Powell
  • 14Jerome Thomas
  • 8Matt Holland
  • 5Zheng Zhi
  • 6Radostin Kishishev
  • 10Darren Bent
  • 19Dennis Rommedahl
  • 36Thomas Myhre
  • 15Talal El Karkouri
  • 23Jonathan Spector
  • 20Bryan Hughes
  • 38Jay Bothroyd
Fulham (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Mark Crossley
  • 2Moritz Volz
  • 24Alain Goma
  • 3Carlos Bocanegra
  • 33Niclas Jensen
  • 19Philippe Christanval
  • 4Steed Malbranque
  • 8Claus Jensen
  • 14Papa Bouba Diop
  • 11Luis Boa Morte
  • 15Collins John
  • 12Tony Warner
  • 17Liam Rosenior
  • 10Heidar Helguson
  • 13Tomasz Radzinski
  • 20Brian McBride