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Blanco

edited February 2007 in General Charlton
When he signed for West Ham instead of us there was a bit of moaning. From what I saw on Saturday can't say we missed out on much. A Spanish Carlton Cole IMHO.

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  • awful for their ressies last night as well (apparently). Also my mate said that although Kish's name was on the teamsheet he can't remember him playing in that he was so ineffectual he may as well have gone home.
  • what were teams? Score?
  • CAFC 1 WEST HAM 1
  • From the OS:

    West Ham gained a smidgeon of retribution on Monday night when the Hammers just about held Charlton to a draw in the second meeting between the two clubs in little more than 48 hours.

    It was the team from South London that bagged the all important three Premiership points in the main event at The Valley on Saturday.

    But the struggling East London club, whose reserve side are also languishing at the bottom of the table, fielded an experienced side at Stonebridge Road and though the Addicks threatened late on after equalising, the Irons held firm.

    While the return of Darren Bent and Luke Young two days earlier might have given Charlton the edge on the team-sheet two days earlier, it was the Hammers that were holding most of the trump cards in the rematch.

    Though talk of Dean Ashton's return proved to be inaccurate, former Charlton defender Steve Brown - now presiding over West Ham's reserves after a spell as a youth coach at Charlton - was able to name Teddy Sheringham, Lee Bowyer, newcomer Kepa Blanco and another former Addick, Shaun Newton, in his line-up.

    Brown's former teammate Kinsella could count Kevin Lisbie and Radostin Kishishev as seniors, with 27-year-old trialist keeper Carlos Alberto Fernanded a seasoned player despite not being too accustomed to his new surroundings.

    The experience disparity showed early on as well, as West Ham bossed the early stages. Sheringham, a huge presence at such a humble ground, was inches from getting his head on John Pantsil's angled ball, and the veteran showed a typically cool head moments later to present partner Blanco with a glaring chance.

    Lee Hales' clever ball between defenders found the former England striker who seemed sure to shoot, but his exquisitely disguised square ball presented Blanco with an even better chance.

    The striker seemed to miss his kick, however, and Charlton were off the hook again when an ensuing drive was blocked on the line.

    Though the Addicks looked lively on the break with the pace of Myles Weston and Rurik Gislason, the Irons were the game's dominant force and the lead arrived on the quarter hour.

    Junior Stanislas, who looked some talent when he featured against Charlton in the FA Youth Cup earlier this season, ran at Nicky Baxter and the youngster was unfortunate to deflect the winger's resulting cross over the head of Carlos Alberto Fernandes.

    James Walker looked sharp following his latest Football League escapade at Leyton Orient and the striker drove a self-made effort over on 35 minutes, but their was more purpose about the visitors' work.

    Charlton had a great chance to go in level, however, when Walker dragged his shot wide of the far post after a fine break and pass from Baxter.

    It was a strike that seemed to give the home side a burst of confidence and after the break Charlton should have been on terms.

    Gislason threaded a clever ball trough to Lisbie who eventually cut it back for Walker no more than seven yards out, but his namesake, Jimmy, pulled of an astonishing reaction save.

    In what was Charlton's best spell of the match, the keeper was called into the action again twice in a minute; first making a low save to his left to get behind Weston's fierce low shot and then blocking Lisbie's effort at the near post that was the result of a mazy dribble.

    Sheringham's departure provided a further boost to a Charlton side growing on confidence, and five minutes after his withdrawal Charlton were level.

    A mistake from West Ham defender Bondz N'Gala gifted Gislason possession in a dangerous area, and the Icelander saw his shot ricochet off John Pantsil and fly past Walker.

    Whether it was something to do with West Ham's current plight or not, the leveller seemed to knock the stuffing out of Brown's side with Charlton the much hungrier outfit in the closing stages.

    All of a sudden a gap emerged between the Hammers' defence and midfield and Charlton smelt victory.

    Lisbie left a trail of blue shirts in his wake only to fire straight at Walker, but then Blanco should have capitalised on Baxter's one and only error of the game very late on; his flicked effort well blocked by Fernandes far too casual for Brown's liking.

    Charlton: Fernandes, Baxter, Ashton, Kishishev, Coleman, Staunton, Gislason, Wright, Lisbie, Walker, Weston.

    Subs (not used): Thomas, Nielsen, Wagstaff, Saunders, Simmonds.

    Gislason 70

    West Ham: Walker, Pantsil, Widdowson, Hales, Tomkins (Spence 65), N'Gala, Newton, Bowyer, Blanco, Sheringham (Jefferies 65), Stanislas (Sears 85).

    Subs (not used): Blackmore, Miller.

    Goal: Stanislas 15
  • Would still like to have seen Blanco and D Bent togther in the run-in myself
  • crap name for a striker

    ... also I thought we had been reliably informed that Gislason would be the first name on the Seville team sheet by now?
  • also I read today that Carlton Cole is in trouble for not paying the congestion charge .... his excuse is probably that he never goes anywhere near the area
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