Saturday, 24 January 2009

Charlton out of cup

As expected, Charlton lost 2-1 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane today to exit the FA Cup. The Addicks gave a good account of themselves in the opening period and an effort by Burton was tipped over the bar by the Blades keeper. Bailey put in an effort from distance on 23 minutes. However, three minutes later Weller was wide on the left, he overhit the cross, but with Elliott off his line, the ball went in the net.

Former Aston Villa star Lee Hendrie has been out of favour at Bramall Lane and was on loan at Blackpool, but he came off the bench to put the home side 2-0 ahead on 62 minutes. On 69 minutes, Chris Dickson, who had also come on as a sub, pulled one back from Charlton. He made use of a hopeful ball forward, and with the defenders hesitating, he chipped the ball over the keeper to make it 2-1.

Gray was brought on just after Dickson, but to little effect. On 78 minutes Holland was replaced by Racon. Sam had an effort from 12 yards out on 80 minutes but it went over the bar. The Addicks had a stoppage time penalty appeal rejected when Lloyd Sam went down under Matt Kilgallon's challenge.

Elsewhere, Leamington beat Stourport Swifts 2-1 with two second half goals after going behind in the first half. You can see quite a good highlights video of Leamington's recent win over Nuneaton Town here: Brakes

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