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Charlton are playing a bit too well for us I feel.

I think a narrow loss probably 2-1 to Charlton.

I think we'll probably see the usual 4-4-2

Campbell and Earnie up front,
Greening, Wallwork, Richardson, Gera in midfield
Robinson, Clement, Gaaardsoe, Albrechtsen
Hoult in goal.

I think I'd like to see Chaplow given a subs appearence he seems a decent player.
 

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From BBC ...

Charlton's Radostin Kishishev (hamstring), Jerome Thomas (calf), Dennis Rommedahl (wrist) and Shaun Bartlett (dead leg) face fitness tests.

But Francis Jeffers, Jason Euell, Jonatan Johansson, Mark Fish, Jonathan Fortune, Kevin Lisbie and Bryan Hughes are all pressing for inclusion.

West Brom have a virtually fully-fit squad, including on-loan Manchester United midfielder Kieran Richardson.

But Andy Johnson is out for the rest of the season after a knee operation.

Charlton (from): Kiely, Young, Hreidarsson, Perry, El Karkouri, Holland, Konchesky, Murphy, Rommedahl, Thomas, Bartlett, Andersen, Fish, Euell, Johansson, Jeffers, Hughes, Fortune, Lisbie.

West Brom (from): Hoult, Albrechtsen, Gaardsoe, Clement, Robinson, Gera, Wallwork, Richardson, Campbell, Horsfield, Kanu, Greening, Earnshaw, Kuszczak, Scimeca, Moore, Purse.

# Charlton boss Alan Curbishley on midfielder Danny Murphy:
"Early in the season when it wasn't going well he took it on himself to try to change it.

"At Liverpool he wouldn't have perhaps been given that chance - a couple of bad games and you are maybe out.

"Playing 4-5-1 helps Danny. It frees him up a little bit and we have asked him to create. The formation suits us."

# West Brom boss Bryan Robson
"Normally everyone talks about good team spirit when you are top of the league or having a good cup run.

"People usually talk about team spirit not being very good when down at the bottom but that is not the case here.

"It is important the players have a good camaraderie with each other if they are going to be successful."

BIG-MATCH FACTS

# CHARLTON ATHLETIC will leapfrog Bolton and climb into a top six Uefa Cup qualifying place, if they avoid their traditional end-of-season collapse and extend their unbeaten League run to five games. Should they win, it would not only maintain a 100% Premiership record against West Bromwich Albion with a fourth victory on the trot against them, but also put pressure on Bolton, who are currently equal on points with the Addicks but don't kick off their home game against rock bottom Norwich until Saturday tea time.

# Two sumptuous goals from Jerome Thomas and Danny Murphy earned Charlton all three points in a 2-0 midweek home win over Spurs. Now they set about maintaining their undefeated record against the bottom four. So far Alan Curbishley's side have recorded three wins and two draws in five games against the current quartet at the foot of the table, and have not shipped one goal in any of those games.

# A low shot from Matt Holland secured victory for the Addicks at the Hawthorns in December, and landed West Brom in deeper trouble at the foot. Now the Londoners are not only anxious to extend a home run against the Baggies without defeat to 12 matches, after eight League wins and three draws, but also wrap up back-to-back 'doubles' over them, and only their third home and away maximum against the Black Country club in 76 years of League conflict.

# WEST BROMWICH ALBION restricted run away leaders and Premiership champions-elect Chelsea to a 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge, which is an achievement in itself. But it is a very tall order for Bryan Robson's side to survive now, being five points from safety with only nine games remaining.

# Only Oldham in the inaugural Premiership season has been bottom going into March and survived. No club bottom at Christmas or holding the season's longest winless run in the division has ever maintained their stay in the Premier League, and the Baggies fit all three categories. They own the leakiest defence in the top division, and like Norwich - the one club below them - they've only won three League games this term. They're not won a League game on the road all season. Indeed they've lost the last three on their travels.

# Robson's troops are hunting a first League win at Charlton in 51 years. Their only victory from the last 15 League visits was 1-3 in the top flight on 6 November 1954.

Referee:
Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Club stats
Fixtures
7th 43 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's games: 5th
Lowest could fall: 7th

# Won one and drawn three Premiership games since losing 1-2, at home to Liverpool on 1 February.
# Failed to win a top flight game this season in which the opposition has scored first (two draws, nine defeats on the 11 occasions it's happened).
# Gained only two points from a losing position (both the Premiership matches against Newcastle, which were 1-1 draws).
# Four players have figured in every one of Charlton's Premiership games this season - more than any other club.
# One of two clubs not awarded a penalty in Premiership matches this season. The other is Middlesbrough.
# Used fewer players in Premiership matches than any other club (20).

# Won four of the last six home Premiership games.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Club stats
Fixtures
19th 21 points
Highest realistically achievable after Saturday's games: 19th
Lowest could fall: 20th

# Managed one win in seven League and Cup games.
# Recorded two wins in 21 League outings.
# Equal on points to this identical stage during their only previous Premier League campaign, in the season before last, which resulted in relegation.
# Drawn 12 of 29 League games this term, including five of the last 10.
# No club has finished level on as many occasions in the top division, with the exception of Southampton, who have also drawn 12.
# Won two, drawn six and lost nine Premiership games under Bryan Robson.
# Drawn six and lost 12 of the 18 League matches in which the opposition has scored first.
# Conceded more goals in the last 15 minutes of Premiership matches this season than any other club (14).
# Managed five clean sheets in this League campaign.
# Never won a Premiership match in their history when the opening goal has been conceded.
# Won nine of 67 Premiership matches all time.

# Lost the last four on the road in all competitions.
# Norwich, Southampton and West Brom have still to win on their Premiership travels.
# Only club yet to keep a Premiership clean sheet away from home.
# Won only three of 33 away games in their Premier League history.
# Drawn five and lost 11 away League games, since beating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light 0-1 in the Nationwide Division One on 18 April 2004.
# Drawn six and lost nine top flight matches on the road since defeating Sunderland 1-2 at the Stadium of Light in the Premiership on 19 April 2003.

KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

CHARLTON ATHLETIC
Squad profiles

# If he participates, Danny MURPHY will be playing the day after turning 28.
# MURPHY would also be making his 350th career League appearance and 200th appearance in top flight football.
# Should he figure from the opening whistle, Paul ROBINSON will be making his 50th League start for Charlton.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Squad profiles

# Nwankwo KANU is a hat trick short of scoring 50 goals for English clubs (Arsenal and West Brom).
# If he plays, Neil CLEMENT will be making his 250th club career appearance.

THIS SEASON'S REVERSE FIXTURE:
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Charlton Athletic
11 December 2004 - Ref: Chris Foy
Charlton scorer: Holland 30

HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: Charlton 16 wins, WBA 15, Draws 12
Prem: Charlton 3 wins, WBA 0, Draws 0

HEAD TO HEAD at Charlton
League: Charlton 10 wins, WBA 5, Draws 6
Prem: Charlton 1 win, WBA 0, Draws 0
 

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good grief what happened a 4-1 win :D

A very entertaining game.

Gaardsoe got injured after 8 mins and Big Dave (Darren Moore) cam on for him.

Our first goal came from Gera hooking a ball over as a cross from over his head, an unbelievable cross really, and Horsfield headed into an empty net.

Johansson scored for Charlton, after Hoult rushed out to clear and lamped the ball right into Johansson but the ball bounced kindly for him and he had an empty net in front of him.

Gera had the ball and slightly knocked the ball a bit too far forward, El Kahkouri rushed to get the ball. Gera went in with a tackle for the loose ball, but EK went in two footed and over the ball and gcaught gera high on the thigh, lower on the leg and Gera might well have had a broken leg. I have NEVER known Gera to feign injury and he was wincing for several minutes afterwards.

Both sides had plenty of chances to score, but half time was 1-1. Second half we could have had more before we actually took the lead. Earnshaw came on for Richardson about 20 mins to go. Gera passed the ball to Robinson on our left side, he whipped a ball into the far post, Horsfield headed the ball back over the goal where Earnie headed the ball into the net for the Baggies fans to erupt in ecstacy.

A through ball, Charlton stepped up but Earnie was so fast he latched onto it and approached Keily and RE just lifted the ball over him for 3-1 Albion. Unbelievable joy for the Baggies. Gera went off and Chaplow came on for his debut. His first touch of the ball, near enough, found him on the right side near the by-line, he skipped round one of the Charlton players got into the box and was hacked down by Bryan Hughes (the Ex-Blues player) and we got a pen. Up stepped Earnie to grab a 20 minute hat-trick :star:

A great performance and 3 much needed points. :happy:
 

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Charlton 1-4 West Brom


Robbie Earnshaw's second-half hat-trick gave West Brom's survival hopes a boost against 10-man Charlton.

Albion deservedly took the lead when Geoff Horsfield headed in from close range after a cross from Zoltan Gera.

Tal El Karkouri was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Gera after Jonatan Johansson levelled for the home side.

Earnshaw headed home and then slotted in from Gera's through-ball before netting from the spot after Bryan Hughes fouled Richard Chaplow.

The relegation-threatened visitors began with a confidence as they pegged the Addicks back.

Charlton looked decidedly uncomfortable and it was no surprise when after a period of sustained pressure Horsfield gave Albion the lead with a header.

The Addicks were sparked into life and Johansson went narrowly wide before levelling the scores.

Johansson, brought back into the team at the expense of Dennis Rommedahl, rode his luck when the ball broke kindly off the advancing keeper to direct the ball into an empty net.

Alan Curbishley's side were growing in confidence but suffered a setback when El Karkouri was sent off after 29 minutes for a reckless challenge on the lively Gera.

Charlton made light of being a man down and almost took the lead but Hermann Hreidarsson's header was cleared off the line by substitute Darren Moore.

Albion began the second period with the same attacking intent they had started the match.

After an hour Bryan Robson showed he was not content with a point by bringing on striker Robbie Earnshaw for midfielder Kieran Richardson.

Curbishley seeking the winner introduced Jason Euell to replace Johansson but it was the visitors who struck.

Earnshaw ghosted into the box and headed in after a telling contribution from Horsfield.

The introduction of the Welsh striker was the defining moment of the match and he latched on to Gera's through pass to grab his second.

Chaplow, on his Premiership debut, made an immediate impact when he won a penalty and Earnsham made no mistake from the spot.


# Charlton boss Alan Curbishley:
"The sending of was harsh and it changed the match.

"We were up against it because we had to play with more than a hour with one man less and so it was always going to be difficult.

"I was hoping to get away with a point and my players acquitted themselves very well until the last few minutes."

# West Brom boss Bryan Robson:
"We created a good number of chances and this result has been coming because some of our away performances have been very good," said Robson.

"I give full credit to my players because they have been keeping their belief and still feel we can stay up.

"As long as we keep playing the way we did in this match we have a chance."


Charlton: Kiely, Young, Fish, El Karkouri, Hreidarsson, Johansson (Euell 70), Murphy (Rommedahl 77), Holland, Konchesky, Thomas, Bartlett (Hughes 82).
Subs Not Used: Perry, Andersen.

Sent Off: El Karkouri (29).

Goals: Johansson 24.

West Brom: Hoult, Albrechtsen, Gaardsoe (Moore 22), Clement, Robinson, Gera (Chaplow 86), Wallwork, Richardson (Earnshaw 64), Greening, Horsfield, Campbell.
Subs Not Used: Kanu, Kuszczak.

Goals: Horsfield 9, Earnshaw 73, 84, 90 pen.

Att: 27,104

Ref: M Halsey (Lancashire).
 
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