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From BBC ...

Norwich will give a late fitness test to Darren Huckerby, who has been struggling to shake off a virus and an ankle problem.

Mattias Jonson is on standby to replace Huckerby, while Graham Stuart cannot play as part of his loan agreement.

Charlton defender Hermann Hreidarsson is doubtful because of a knee injury and Paul Konchesky is suspended.

Luke Young may feature if he recovers from a calf injury and Jonathan Fortune is set to play, despite a broken nose.

Norwich (from): Green, Helveg, Fleming, Shackell, Drury, Bentley, Francis, Safri, Huckerby, Ashton, McKenzie, Jonson, Svensson, Charlton, Doherty, Edworthy, Holt, Ward.

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

Norwich boss Nigel Worthington:
"We are joint-bottom, bottom on goal difference, so we haven't really got anything to be too excited about.

"We can't get carried away. All we can do is our job.

"And we have to chop the games off one at a time."

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley:
"We go to Norwich at the weekend and, if we can get a result there, who knows?

"We are still in with a fighting chance of qualifying for Europe.

"Normally the teams with momentum gather the prizes and we have got four games to try and gather it again."


# NORWICH CITY square up to Charlton in their first ever Premiership meeting at Carrow Road as the season prepares to terminate in a tense and tight tussle for top flight survival. The East Anglians are making a late bid. They had posted just three wins in 31 matches before their most recent three games in which they pulled off remarkable victories over Champions League chasing Manchester United and a deflated Newcastle, and took a share of the spoils in a six goal thriller with fellow strugglers Crystal Palace - all of which leaves the on-song Canaries just two points short of safety.

# Now the Norfolk outfit, who've not beaten a London club this season, are aiming to cash in on Charlton's usual stuttering run-in to post a sixth Premiership victory of the campaign, and 60th League maximum under Nigel Worthington. Dean Ashton will be looking to score for the fourth match in a row, having found the target four times in the three-match unbeaten streak. Their run-in after this takes them to Southampton and Fulham, with a home fixture against Birmingham in between.

# The Canaries' only victory in eight home League meetings with the Addicks was 2-0 in the top flight on 2 April 1988, when Ruel Fox and Kevin Drinkell were on target.

# CHARLTON ATHLETIC have now gone five without victory, taken just two points from the 15 available, and recorded one win in 10 League outings - their worst sequence of the entire season. It's seen them slide from the top seven to the foot of the top half, and in danger of missing out on qualification to Europe from a challenging position for the third season in a row.

# Alan Curbishley's club ended a two match losing sequence by gaining a point from a dull goalless draw at Aston Villa midweek. It was their fourth draw in five matches on the road.

# An early brace from Finnish international Jonatan Johansson, and additional goals from defender Paul Konchesky and striker Jason Euell secured a 4-0 victory for Charlton in this season's reverse fixture. It was their fifth successive victory over the Canaries, and seventh in eight meetings - the only exception being a 4-4 draw. Athletic are chasing a fifth consecutive maximum at Carrow Road to capture a seventh 'double' over Norwich and third on the bounce.

Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)


Club stats
20th 27 points
Highest achievable after Saturday's matches: 17th
Lowest could fall: STAY AT THE FOOT

# Banked seven points from the last available nine.
# Won two and drawn one since losing 4-1 at Arsenal on 2 February.
# Lost five of the last eight - all Premiership.
# Won five Premiership matches, as have West Brom and Southampton. All other clubs have won more.
# Beaten Southampton, Bolton, West Bromwich, Manchester United and Newcastle, all at home.
# Drawn 12 top League encounters. Only West Brom (14) and Crystal Palace (13) have finished level more often.
# Lost 17 times this season in the top division. Only Crystal Palace have been beaten more often (19).
# Dropped 75 Premiership points, as have Palace. No other clubs have dropped in excess.
# Conceded more goals in the highest League than any other club (67). That's one every 46 minutes on average.
# Managed one clean sheet in 27 League and Cup games, and in 25 Premiership matches.
# Kept only four clean sheets in this League campaign - the goalless draws against Spurs (a), Villa (h) and WBA (a) and the 2-0 win over Manchester United (h).
# Opened the scoring in fewer matches than any other club at the highest League level. Taken the lead from the kick off in a mere seven games - won two, drawn four and lost one.
# Failed to score in 13 top tier encounters, drawing three and losing 10. Only Blackburn have fired more blanks in Premiership games (16).
# Conceded the opener on 24 occasions - more often than any other club in Premiership competition. Three of the 24 were won (v Southampton, Bolton and West Brom - all home), with five drawn and 16 lost.
# Only 10 of their 37 Premiership goals have been scored in the first half.
# Gained more points from matches in which they were behind than any other club in the Premiership. Fought back from being in deficit to effectively secure 15 points with three wins and six draws.
# Conceded 247 goals all time in the Premier League.

# Picked up 20 home Premiership points. Leading only two clubs - Crystal Palace and West Brom have each picked up 19.
# Lost seven League games at Carrow Road. Only Palace have been beaten more often in front of the home faithful (eight times).
# Conceded 32 home League goals - seven more than Southampton - the second in the list.
# Kept a mere two home clean sheets at the highest level (0-0 v Aston Villa, 2-0 v Man Utd). Portsmouth and Newcastle are the only other clubs to have managed so few League block-outs in front of the home fans.

Club stats
10th 45 points
Highest realistically achievable after Saturday's matches: 8th
Lowest could fall: 11th

# Not won in five.
# Drawn two and lost three Premiership matches since beating Tottenham 2-0 at the Valley on 16 March.
# Failed to win nine of the last 10 top flight matches.
# Failed to win a top flight game this season in which the opposition has scored first (three draws, 12 defeats on the 15 occasions it's happened).
# Gained only three points from a losing position (both the Premiership matches against Newcastle, which were 1-1 draws, and home to Manchester City, which ended 2-2).
# Three players have figured in every one of Charlton's Premiership games this season - more than any other club.

# Drawn four of the last five on the road - all Premiership.
# Won one of the last eight Premiership matches away from the Valley.
# Kept clean sheets in six of the last 10 top table encounters away from home.


Squad profiles

# If he participates, Darren HUCKERBY will be playing on his 29th birthday.
# If they play, Matt SVENSSON and Graham STUART will be facing their former club.
# If on the field at kick off, Gary HOLT will be making his 300th career League start (excluding play Offs).

Squad profiles

# If on the field at kick off, Jonathan FORTUNE will be making his 100th career League start.

Charlton Athletic 4-0 Norwich City
13 November 2004 - Ref: Andre Marriner
Charlton scorers: Johansson 15, 21, Konchesky 75, Euell 88

League: Norwich 19 wins, Charlton 30, Draws 16
Prem: Norwich 0 wins, Charlton 1, Draws 0

HEAD TO HEAD at Norwich
League: Norwich 13 wins, Charlton 11, Draws 8
Prem: Norwich 0 wins, Charlton 0, Draws 0

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Norwich have beaten both Man U and Newcastle at home in their last 2 I see no reason why they cant make it 3 from 3 against a Charlton side in their annual end of season decline.

Canaries singing after the game.

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Balis-of-Steel said:
Canaries singing after the game.
spot on :cool: :D :happy:

Norwich 1 - 0 Charlton
Svensson (88 mins) :happy:

woooh! what a win! :happy: we seem to be hitting form at the right time and its all to play for now! :D
Saints & the Baggies both getting thumped is excellent news also :cool: shame Palace won though.
Next weekends game at St Mary's is massive!

Green, Helveg, Fleming, Shackell, Drury, Jonson (Huckerby 63), Safri, Francis, Bentley (Svensson 80), McKenzie (Holt 90), Ashton.
Subs Not Used: Brennan, Ward.

Booked: Helveg.

Goals: Svensson 88.

Kiely, Kishishev, El Karkouri, Fortune, Young, Rommedahl, Holland, Murphy, Hughes (Euell 62), Johansson (Thomas 82), Jeffers.
Subs Not Used: Perry, Lisbie, Andersen.

Booked: El Karkouri.

Att: 25,459

Ref: M Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

17 Crystal Palace 35 -21 30
18 Norwich 35 -29 30
19 West Brom 34 -25 29
20 Southampton 34 -18 28
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