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Charlton 3 Bolton 2 – match report

Charlton 3 Bolton 2: Addicks come from two down to record long overdue home win

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17:37 GMT, 30 March 2013

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19:49 GMT, 30 March 2013

Charlton came from two goals down to end their home hoodoo and dent Bolton's play-off hopes.

The Addicks were staring at a fourth straight Valley defeat, and 10th of the season, after Wanderers raced into a two-goal lead through Marvin Sordell and Medo Kamara.

But skipper Johnnie Jackson pulled one back before half-time and Bolton fell to pieces in the second half when Sam Ricketts was sent off.

Turnaround: Yann Kermorgant scored from the spot to complete a remarkable comeback for Charlton

Turnaround: Yann Kermorgant scored from the spot to complete a remarkable comeback for Charlton

MATCH FACTS

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Morrison, Dervite, Wiggins, Pritchard, Hughes (Gower 72), Jackson, Harriott (Wilson 86), Kermorgant,
Fuller (Haynes 86).

Subs Not Used: Button, Green, Obika, Feely.
Booked: Hughes, Solly, Kermorgant.

Goals: Jackson 25, Dervite 60, Kermorgant (pen) 63.

Bolton: Lonergan, Ricketts, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Medo, Spearing, Pratley (Odelusi 82), Ngog, Sordell (Butterfield 59), Lee (Craig Davies 69).

Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Eagles, Kevin Davies, Wheater.

Sent Off: Ricketts (58), Craig Davies (90).

Booked: Ricketts, Dawson, Spearing, Craig Davies.

Goals: Sordell 4, Medo 20.

Att: 17,322

Ref: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

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Dorian Dervite immediately dragged
Charlton level and Yann Kermorgant struck the winner from the penalty
spot to complete an unlikely comeback, while Bolton finished with nine
men after a late red card for Craig Davies.

Charlton were missing two of their
senior defenders, Leon Cort and Matt Taylor, through injury and illness
and their patched-up back four were under the cosh from kick-off.

Chung-Yong Lee had already shot over and David Ngog forced a save from Ben Hamer before Bolton took a fourth-minute lead.

Sordell collected Ngog's pass and
turned makeshift centre-half Dervite inside out before tucking the ball
past Hamer.

Charlton attempted to hit back and midfielder Bradley
Pritchard was twice denied by Trotters keeper Andy Lonergan.

But Bolton doubled their advantage in
the 20th minute when Ngog found Medo 25 yards out and the Sierra Leone
midfielder beat Hamer with a swerving drive which went in off the post.

However, five minutes later Charlton
grabbed a lifeline when Bolton cleared a corner only as far as Jackson
on the edge of the area.

The midfielder took the ball past two
defenders before rifling it low into the net.

Captain's strike: Johnnie Jackson started the Charlton revival with his 25th-minute goal

Captain's strike: Johnnie Jackson started the Charlton revival with his 25th-minute goal

They almost grabbed an
equaliser before the break, but Pritchard could not quite get a toe on
Ricardo Fuller's ball across goal.

At the start of the second half
Lonergan could only parry Callum Harriott's deflected shot but Craig
Dawson was on hand to clear.The game swung Charlton's way on the hour
when Ricketts was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Fuller.

Bolton were hit with a double
punishment as, from the free-kick, Kermorgant's curler came back off the
post and Dorvite reacted first to lash in his first goal for the
club.And three minutes later they were ahead.

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Fuller burst into the area and was brought down by Darren Pratley, with Kermorgant stepping up to take the penalty.

The Frenchman has form for fluffing
his lines from the spot, having famously tried and failed with a chip in
a play-off penalty shoot-out while playing for Leicester.

But as The Valley held its breath,
Kermorgant wisely opted for power and blasted his shot wide of
Lonergan.Charlton had to endure seven minutes of stoppage time but
Bolton substitute Davies used up most of it by earning himself two
yellow cards to complete Bolton's second-half meltdown.

Off: Dougie Freedman speaks to referee Trevor Kettle after his Bolton team finished the game with nine men

Off: Dougie Freedman speaks to referee Trevor Kettle after his Bolton team finished the game with nine men

Red card: Samuel Ricketts is given his marching orders in the 58th minute

Red card: Samuel Ricketts is given his marching orders in the 58th minute

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Charlton 2 Brighton 2: LuaLua pulls Brighton level at the Valley

Charlton 2 Brighton 2: LuaLua pulls Brighton level at the Valley

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Chris Powell’s side moved down into 12th place in the Championship as Brighton held them to a draw in the Valley.

The Seagulls dominated possession but failed to convert chances into goals, allowing Charlton to extend their unbeaten run to seven games.

Both sets of fans joined in a minute's applause at 3.07pm to commemorate the moment Colin Walsh hit the net 20 years ago this week, Charlton's first goal since they returned to their Valley ground after a seven-year absence.

Charlton went 1-0 up within ten minutes, with Lawrie Wilson driving the ball past Tomasz Kuszczak into the bottom right corner.

Lawrie Wilson celebrates after a goal against Brighton

Lawrie Wilson took Charlton ahead in the first, but earned himself a yellow card in the second

Match facts

Charlton: Hamer, Morrison, Solly, Dervite, Jackson (Kerkar 80), Stephens, Pritchard, Wilson, Frimpong, Haynes (Kermorgant 73), Hulse.

Subs not used: Button, Taylor, Cort, Green, Wright-Phillips

Goals: Wilson 9, Pritchard 70

Booked: Wilson

Brighton: Kuszczak, Bruno (Calderon 76), Greer, El-Abd, Bridge, Hammond, Bridcutt, Buckley, Hoskins (LuaLua 67), Dobbie (Barnes 62), Mackail-Smith

Subs not used: Brezovan, Crofts, Harley, David Lopez

Goals: Brown 27, Ledley 65, Samaras 74

Booked: Hammond

Referee: Darren Sheldrake

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Craig Mackail-Smith hit back for
Brighton in the 28th minute, firing it into the net from inside the box
after Michael Morrison fluffed a clearance.

Dean Hammond slipped in Buckley to cut the ball back for the former Swansea striker, who slid in to meet the ball but lifted it over the top.

Will Hoskins then teed up Buckley for another crack at goal but his shot was also too high, before Mackail-Smith had an effort deflected wide.

Bradley Pritchard took Charlton ahead
again against the run of play.

Johnnie
Jackson's low cross ricocheted through the Brighton defence and Pritchard was
on hand to sweep the ball into the net for his first league goal.

But once again Brighton equalised, with
Kazenga LuaLua drilling it down the centre of the goal in his first appearance for the club since October.

The goal came only eight minutes after the Brighton man had made his way off the bench.

It was a frustrating effort from Brighton, as chance after chance in front of goal was wasted, leaving Stephen Dobbie kicking the post in anger just before the hour mark.

There were bookings on both sides in
the second half, with Dean Hammond receiving a yellow card for
unsporting behaviour and Lawrie Wilson also booked for an unfair
challenge.

Charlton 5 Cardiff 4 – match report

Charlton 5 Cardiff 4: Addicks hammer five past Bluebirds in nine-goal thriller

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Just when you thought we'd seen it all in recent weeks, The Valley bore witness to a nine-goal epic that ripped up the form book and left those in attendance rubbing their eyes in disbelief.

Johnnie Jackson produced a captain's performance as struggling Charlton fought from two goals down and despite a late rally, Malky Mackay's side surrendered top spot after losing from a winning position for the second time in as many games.

Beat that: Stephens' stunning free-kick deceives Marshall

Beat that: Stephens' stunning free-kick deceives Marshall

Match facts

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Cort, Morrison, Kerkar, Haynes (Wright-Phillips 68), Stephens (Hollands 90), Dervite, Pritchard, Jackson, Hulse.

Subs not used: Button, Taylor, Green, Fox, Azeez.

Booked: Pritchard, Morrison, Solly, Stephens.

Goals: Jackson 39, 45, Stephens 54, Haynes 59, Hulse 65.

Cardiff: Marshall, Connolly, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Frei (Kim 65), Cowie (Gunnarsson 65), Mason, Whittingham, Noone, Helguson (Gestede 73).

Subs not used: Lewis, McNaughton, Kiss, Conway.

Booked: Connolly, Taylor, Turner.

Goals: Helguson 4, Mason 24, Noone 90, Gunnarsson 90.

Attendance: 15,764

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

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First-half goals from Heidar
Helguson and Joe Mason seemed certain to secure Cardiff three points but
a Jackson double, a bizarre Dale Stephens free-kick and goals from
Danny Haynes and Rob Hulse saw them leave with nothing.

Strikes from Craig Noone and Aron Gunnarsson during six minutes of added time provided jitters, but nothing more.

It was a first win in five games for Chris Powell's injury-hit team and saw them move five points clear of the drop zone.

This after scoring just five at home this season and never more than twice in any game.

Afterwards, Powell joked he would take 1-0 'every time' but added: 'What a game for everyone who was present.

'We've seen the Reading-Arsenal game
and goals do change games. Johnnie Jackson got one, the crowd livened up
and we were on the front foot.

'The first 20 minutes of the second
period we were devastating. I'm not happy with goals against because
that can count as an extra point, but it was a superb night for us.'

Thriller: The Addicks bagged three goals in 11 second-half minutes

Thriller: The Addicks bagged three goals in 11 second-half minutes

Mackay said: 'You can't legislate for
individual errors to that extent. If players can cancel that out, a
more rounded performance comes into it.'

Cardiff went ahead in the fourth
minute, Helguson heading a Peter Whittingham corner. Another delicious
corner from Whittingham helped them double the lead 20 minutes later as
Mason rammed home from eight yards.

Heads up: Heidar Helguson opens the scoring for Cardiff

Heads up: Heidar Helguson opens the scoring for Cardiff

The visitors looked in cruise control
but Jackson took advantage of calamitous goalkeeping from David
Marshall in the 39th minute to send a rocket into the top corner from
the edge of the box and then headed home Salim Kerkar's inswinger in
first-half added time.

After the break, Stephens swung a 40-yard free-kick long and deep and over the despairing hand of Marshall.

The midfielder's bemused look
indicated that he had not meant it. It got better for Charlton five
minutes later as Haynes headed home Bradley Pritchard's centre to send
the home supporters delirious.

They sang 'We want six' following Rob
Hulse's goal soon after, but that never came, and instead two late
Cardiff goals made for a nervy finish.

Charlton 1 Middlesbrough 4 match report: Fifth straight win sends resurgent Boro second

Charlton 1 Middlesbrough 4: Fifth consecutive win sends rampant Boro second

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17:45 GMT, 3 November 2012

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Middlesbrough made it five straight npower Championship victories and moved up to second in the table as they came from behind to beat Charlton.

Rob Hulse fired the Addicks into an early lead – the first time they had scored first at The Valley since their opening game against Leicester on August 21.

But once Jonathan Woodgate levelled with a header, Boro went on to boss proceedings, with Scott McDonald scoring his fourth goal in three games and Emmanuel Ledesma made it three with a superb chipped finish.

Lukas Jutkiewicz hit a post before Richard Smallwood capped an impressive win with a well-taken fourth.

No stopping us now: Jonathan Woodgate (second left) put Boro level from a corner

No stopping us now: Jonathan Woodgate (second left) put Boro level from a corner

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Charlton made one enforced change as
striker Bradley Wright-Phillips came in to replace Cedric Evina after he
sustained a knee injury in training.

Middlesbrough had captain Woodgate back in their starting line-up, while midfielder Nicky Bailey was up against his former club.

The home side made a bright start as
Brad Pritchard linked up well with Wright-Phillips, but the youngster's
header cleared the crossbar.

The Addicks took the lead in the 12th
minute when the lively Pritchard played the ball through to Hulse and
he thumped past Jason Steele from the edge of the box.

Chris Powell's men pushed on in
search of a second as a Wright-Phillips strike deflected wide and
Michael Morrison's overhead-kick failed to trouble the keeper.

Boro's response came from Bailey as he fired across goal but Martin Hamer did well to gather.

It was all square in the 27th minute
when Woodgate was left unmarked in the box and headed home Grant
Leadbitter's inviting free-kick.

Johnnie Jackson was gifted the ball
by Andre Bikey but lashed wide, while Hulse should have done better with
a near-post header which went harmlessly over.

At sixes and sevens: The defeat leaves Charlton hovering just above the relegation zone

At sixes and sevens: The defeat leaves Charlton hovering just above the relegation zone

And Charlton continued to dominate as
half-time approached but Morrison headed wide under pressure from
Steele and Jackson's curling free-kick cleared the crossbar.

Lawrie Wilson, who was struggling
with a thigh problem in the closing stages of the first half, failed to
reappear after the break, with Dale Stephens coming on.

Faris Haroun was denied by Hamer,
before sloppy play from Morrison in midfield allowed Josh McEachran to
set McDonald clear and he made no mistake from 12 yards.

Charlton tried to hit back as Pritchard flicked on for Wright-Phillips but his shot on the turn was straight at Steele.

But Middlesbrough made the game safe in the 63rd minute with a route one goal.

A long punt upfield from Steele was
helped on by McDonald into the path of Ledesma and he lobbed the ball
over Hamer from 20 yards.

McDonald was denied a second by a
superb save from Hamer, while Charlton substitute Danny Haynes, back
after injury, sent over a superb cross which only just eluded Hulse.

There was still time for Boro striker
Jutkiewicz to hit a post before Smallwood slid in to score a fourth and
seal a memorable victory for Tony Mowbray's men.

Leeds United 1 Charlton 1 match report: David Norris and Dorian Dervite score

Leeds United 1 Charlton 1: Bates hits out at 'low-life thug' and admits fears for club takeover

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Leeds chairman Ken Bates hit out at the jailed thug who attacked Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland during last Friday’s televised clash at Hillsborough.

And he fears it may have put the Bahraini takeover of Leeds at risk.

Aaron Cawley was jailed for 16 weeks for the assault and in his programme notes Charlton, Bates wrote: ‘There can be nothing but contempt and total condemnation for the low-life thug who invaded the pitch and caused bodily harm to Chris Kirkland.’

Finishing school: David Norris powers Leeds in front at Elland Road

Finishing school: David Norris powers Leeds in front at Elland Road

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Level pegging: Dorian Dervite equalises

At a subdued Elland Road, Leeds
struggled to kick-start their high-tempo game and they didn’t test
Charlton keeper Ben Hamer until midfielder David Norris gave them a
37th-minute lead.

Michael Brown’s free-kick into the
area triggered penalty appeals as the ball appeared to strike Leon Cort
on the hand in an aerial tussle with Luciano Becchio. But Norris seized
his opportunity to swivel 180 degrees and fire past Hamer from the edge
of the area.

It proved a precarious advantage,
however, as Charlton went close to an equaliser when Tom Lees headed a
Johnnie Jackson corner against his own bar.

But within five minutes of the
restart, Charlton levelled when Dorian Dervite struck a debut goal past
Paddy Kenny from 20 yards to silence Leeds’ lowest league gate of the
season.

Ryder Cup 2012: Europe wear orange outfits

The future's bright… the future's orange: Europe stand out from the crowd at opening practice round ahead of Ryder Cup

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Europe's Ryder Cup team caught the eye at their opening practice round when they arrived in bright orange gear.

European captain Jose Maria Olazabal led his players out on to the Medinah course for a 7am start on Tuesday as the countdown continues to golf's elite event.

And they showed they are ready to be the stand-out team in Chicago – as the players pulled on the juicy outfits.

Can's miss you lads: The European Ryder Cup team line up for their official photocall on Tuesday morning

Can's miss you lads: The European Ryder Cup team line up for their official photocall on Tuesday morning

Can's miss you lads: The European Ryder Cup team line up for their official photocall on Tuesday morning

Olazabal revealed his first hand when Ryder Cup practice began – and Luke Donald was not playing alongside Sergio Garcia.

The pair have won all four foursomes together in the match, but two years ago Donald teamed up with Lee Westwood and they thrashed top American pair Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker 6&5 at Celtic Manor.

Donald and Westwood were sent out with Ian Poulter and Justin Rose – partners in Louisville in 2008 – in the opening group, while Garcia was with Paul Lawrie, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.

Destiny calling: Rory McIlroy shows his phone to his Northern Irish pal Graeme McDowell

Destiny calling: Rory McIlroy shows his phone to his Northern Irish pal Graeme McDowell

Funny man: McIlroy laughs during the team photo at the Medinah Country Club

Funny man: McIlroy laughs during the team photo at the Medinah Country Club

Who's the man Ian Poulter and McIlory share a joke during the countdown in Chicago

Who's the man Ian Poulter and McIlory share a joke during the countdown in Chicago

World number one McIlroy and 2010 match-winner McDowell played all three games together in Wales and are firmly expected to start together on Friday.
Lawrie, playing in the event for the first time since 1999, will be delighted if Garcia does become his partner, although there was still plenty of time for Olazabal to switch things around with the match not starting until Friday.

Garcia won on the PGA Tour only last month, a week before the Scot won the Johnnie Walker Championship on home soil at Gleneagles.

The third grouping this morning brought together the other four continentals in Olazabal's side – Martin Kaymer, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson and lone debutant Nicolas Colsaerts, the first Belgian to play in the Ryder Cup.

Bit more subdued: Europe's stars also posed in their navy clothing for the photoshoot

Bit more subdued: Europe's stars also posed in their navy clothing for the photoshoot

Where did they go European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal waits for his players

Where did they go European team captain Jose Maria Olazabal waits for his players

Europe were first onto the course, gathering at 7am first of all for team photographs. They wore orange shirts and jumpers with blue trousers, while their golf bags had an image of the late Seve Ballesteros imprinted.

Europe practice groups: Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Justin Rose; Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Peter Lawrie, Sergio Garcia; Martin Kaymer, Nicolas Colsaerts, Francesco Molinari, Peter Hanson.

Ipswich boss Paul Jewell refuses to quit

Ipswich boss Jewell refuses to quit despite another home defeat

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Under-pressure Ipswich manager Paul Jewell is refusing to quit, despite his side sliding to a 2-1 defeat at home to Charlton.

The Blues have lost four of their seven league games and only won once, a rotten sequence that has put Jewell's job on the line.

Under fire: Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell

Under fire: Ipswich Town manager Paul Jewell

Harry Redknapp is already being touted as a possible successor; the former Spurs boss is close friends with Ipswich owner Marcus Evans.

'I'm annoyed and I know I'm not very popular at the minute,' Jewell said.

'But I'm not going to run and hide.

'It's not nice and it's a horrendous place to be (second from bottom). But all I can do, and all I will do, is keep doing my job to the best of my ability; until I'm told otherwise.

'I'm not going to quit. It's not an easy situation but I'm not going to chuck it in.'

When asked about the Redknapp rumours, Jewell added: 'I don't know if I'll keep my job. You're asking the wrong man.

'If Harry Redknapp is going to become manager of Ipswich then that will happen. What can I do about it

'If Marcus Evans wants to put Harry Redknapp in charge he can do it. He can do what he likes.

'The only way I can affect that is by working as hard as I can to try and get it right. Until I'm told differently I won't run away.

'You've got to face up to challenges in life and this is certainly a challenge for me and my family. But I'll dust myself down, come in tomorrow and prepare for the Barnsley game.'

Charlton scored both their goals at the start of the second half. The first came after a ball in from the right reached Salim Kerkar, whose low cross from the left was turned in by skipper Johnnie Jackson.

Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Massimo Luongo was robbed of possession and Ricardo Fuller, on his full debut, surged forward and skipped round Tommy Smith before firing into the bottom corner.

Town pulled one back in fortuitous circumstances when Jason Scotland's speculative effort deflected in off Leon Cort.

But Charlton hung on and delighted boss Chris Powell said: 'It's been a tough time for ourselves and Ipswich.

'We both saw it as an opportunity to get back on track and I'm delighted we came out on top. Over 90 minutes we deserved it. It was a sterling performance from all my players.

'We'd lost our previous three games but gone close, although I know I can't keep saying that. You've got to get points.

'The last half-hour against Derby (on Tuesday night) showed what we can do in this league. I asked my players to show what they could do for longer than 30 minutes and I felt they did that today.

'I'm really pleased for everyone connected within our club.'

Ipswich 1 Charlton 2: Ricardo Fuller heaps pressure on Paul Jewell

Ipswich 1 Charlton 2: Latics end losing streak as Fuller strike heaps pressure on Jewell

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Charlton ended a three-match losing streak to pile the misery on fellow npower Championship strugglers Ipswich and increase the mounting pressure on Town boss Paul Jewell.

Two quickfire goals at the start of the second half from captain Johnnie Jackson and Ricardo Fuller did the damage as the Addicks picked up their first win in five and their first away from home this season.

Jason Scotland reduced the arrears when his long-range effort deflected off the unfortunate Michael Morrison, but the hosts could not fashion a leveller in the remaining half-hour and were greeted with a chorus of boos by the Portman Road faithful at the final whistle.

Charlton Athletic's Ricardo Fuller (2nd left) celebrates his goal against Ipswich Town with team mates.

Charlton Athletic's Ricardo Fuller (2nd left) celebrates his goal against Ipswich Town with team mates.

Match facts

Ipswich: Loach, Edwards, Chambers, Smith (Higginbotham 90), Cresswell, Martin, Luongo, Drury, Emmanuel-Thomas (Ellington 46), Murphy (Carson 80), Scotland.

Subs not used: Lee-Barrett, N'Daw, Hyam, Ainsley.

Booked: Emmanuel-Thomas, Martin.

Goals: Scotland 57.

Charlton: Hamer, Wilson, Morrison, Cort, Solly, Green, Stephens, Jackson, Kerkar (Pritchard 82), Fuller (Haynes 90), Wright-Phillips (Dervite 90).

Subs not used: Button, Evina, Wagstaff, Hollands.

Goals: Jackson 48, Fuller 50.

Att: 16,587.

Ref: Martin Atkinson.

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It was a clash between two sides
whose struggles in the Championship were very much mirrored going into
the encounter, however the greater pressure was certainly on
second-bottom Town, who also had one win to their name but found
themselves in their lowest league position for three seasons.

And that makes this latest setback
all the more painful for the Suffolk club, now winless in five and still
to triumph at home, and puts Jewell in a precarious position.

Jewell's threadbare squad was
stretched even further by the damaging loss of strike partners Paul
Taylor and Michael Chopra to injury, with new loan signing Danny
Higginbotham on the bench.

Charlton boss Chris Powell,
meanwhile, also lost the services of Yann Kermorgant and duly handed a
first start to former Stoke frontman Fuller.

Despite the absence of Taylor and
Chopra, Town looked lively in attack early on with Daryl Murphy and
Jason Scotland both enjoying opportunities.

Salim Kerkar, recalled by Powell,
came within inches of connecting from close range at the other end as
both sides enjoyed half chances.

Pressure: Jewell's side have lost three on the trot

Pressure: Jewell's side have lost three on the trot

Charlton restored the balance of play
following Town's early dominance, Dale Stephens' speculative long-range
effort forcing a solid parried save from Scott Loach.

Yet clear-cut chances were severely
lacking and the excitement of the opening quarter had long disappeared
by the time referee Martin Atkinson brought the first half to a close.

Jewell turned to Nathan Ellington at the break, handing the marksman his first appearance since January.

But the second half started in disastrous fashion for the hosts.

A teasing ball from the right evaded
Bradley Wright-Phillips but was recycled on the left and sent back in to
the Ipswich area to be finished by Jackson.

Matters soon went from bad to worse
as Massimo Luongo lost the ball, sparking a Charlton counter which
resulted in Fuller drilling the ball home from the right side of the
penalty area.

However, Scotland reduced the arrears
in fortuitous fashion in the 57th minute when his tame effort from
distance took a huge deflection off Morrison to wrong foot Ben Hamer.

Yet despite plenty of endeavour,
mixed with little quality, the home side were unable to force a
leveller, with Ellington blazing over late on, much to the disapproval
of the vocal home support.

Gregory Bourdy leads the Omega European Masters

Bourdy shoots bogey-free round to take two-shot lead at European Masters

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Frenchman Gregory Bourdy led the Omega European Masters by two shots after a faultless nine-under-par opening round of 63 at Crans-sur-Sierre.

Bourdy, starting on the 10th tee, reached the turn on three under par and then surged to the top of the leaderboard with five birdies from his inward nine holes.

England's Oliver Fisher also completed the front nine of the course in 31, with five birdies, to finish the day in a two-way tie for second place with a six-under-par round of 65.

Leading the way: Gregory Bourdy sits top of the leaderboard

Leading the way: Gregory Bourdy sits top of the leaderboard

Fisher was joined by Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed, who finished with four birdies on the last five holes to also record an opening round of 65 on a low scoring day in the Swiss Alps.

Five players were tied for third place on five under par, with early pace-setters of Welshman Rhys Davies, England's Robert Coles and India's Anirban Lahiri all shooting a 66.

They were joined in the afternoon by Australian Scott Barr and England's David Howell. Seven players were one shot further back on four under.

Scotland's Paul Lawrie and Sweden's Peter Hanson, the only members of Europe's Ryder Cup team playing in Crans-Sur-Sierre this week, both opened with two-under-par rounds of 69.

Back in Ryder Cup action for the first time in 13 years, Lawrie arrived in Switzerland fresh from his victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Lawrie shot a 69, which featured three bogeys and five birdies.

It was up-and-down but not as
eventful a round as Fabrizio Zanotti, who carded seven birdies and an
eagle – but also a a triple bogey and four bogeys to also be on two
under par.

Flying Scot: Paul Lawrie is bidding to win back to back tournaments

Flying Scot: Paul Lawrie is bidding to win back to back tournaments

Hanson's round was not smooth either. The Swede was three over after bogeying the third, fifth and sixth holes but he recovered well to card five birdies.

Chinese amateur Andy Zhang, the 14-year-old who in June became the youngest ever player to qualify for the US Open, went round in a one-over-par 72.

Defending champion Thomas Bjorn opened with a a three-over 74, as did Swedish European Tour debutant Kristopher Broburg.

Coles would have joined Fisher and Andersson Hed in second place had he not dropped his only shot of the day at 18.

A three-time winner on the Challenge
Tour, Coles turns 40 on Sunday and he is aiming to mark the occasion
with his first European Tour victory.

'I'm
hungrier than ever, because recently I've had chances to win, and I've
started to believe that I can do it out here,' Coles told
europeantour.com.

Struggling: Thomas Bjorn shot a three-over par first round

Struggling: Thomas Bjorn shot a three-over par first round

“Maybe earlier in my career I didn't truly believe I could win, but that's changed.

'The hunger comes from knowing you're capable, I just need to prove it.

'I'm probably hungrier now than I was in my twenties.

'To win any tournament would be great, but to win it on my birthday would be extra special. Although maybe they'll call it off on Saturday and we only play 54 holes, I could still win it as a 39-year-old!'

Bourdy achieved top 20 finishes at each of his last two European Tour outings and he is now in prime position to push for a fourth career victory, and his first since the 2009 Hong Kong Open.

'It was a great day. I don't think I've ever played better,' said Bourdy.

'This course isn't the most difficult, but it's not the easiest either because you have to hit the ball very straight, and I managed to do that today.

'I only missed one shot all day, but still managed to save par. My attitude was very good; I was very positive and that's why I finished very well.'

Charlton 0 Hull 0: Hamer to rescue as Addicks weather late storm

Charlton 0 Hull 0: Hamer to rescue as Addicks weather late storm

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17:03 GMT, 25 August 2012

Charlton and Hull played out the only goalless draw of the day in the
npower Championship in a game affected by torrid conditions.

The playing surface was made tricky by a series of heavy downpours that
played havoc with the passing game of both sides, meaning chances were
at a premium.

On the slide: Charlton Athletic's Yann Kermorgant tackles Hull City's Paul McKenna (left)

On the slide: Charlton Athletic's Yann Kermorgant tackles Hull City's Paul McKenna (left)

MATCH FACTS

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Morrison, Cort, Wiggins, Pritchard, Stephens, Hollands, Jackson, Kermorgant, Wright-Phillips. Subs Not Used: Sullivan, Green, Kerkar, Cook, Wilson, Smith, Dervite.

Hull: Amos, Chester, Bruce (McShane 63), Faye, Rosenior, McKenna, Koren, Evans, Dudgeon, Aluko, Proschwitz (Simpson 72). Subs Not Used: Oxley, Stewart, Mclean, Cairney, Olofinjana.

Att: 16,202

Ref: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Nick Proschwitz tried his luck from distance early on for the visitors but Ben Hamer was equal to the challenge. The hosts' first chance fell the way of Bradley Pritchard, who latched on to Yann Kermorgant's flick-on but saw his shot smartly blocked by Alex Bruce.

With 15 minutes gone Johnnie Jackson headed tamely at Ben Amos when well placed and moments later Bradley Wright-Phillips drilled a left-footed shot into the goalkeeper's midriff.

There was a brief moment of panic for the Addicks when City had strong appeals for a penalty waved away following Leon Cort's challenge on Corry Evans.

And their hearts were in their mouths once more on the half-hour mark as Sone Aluko raced through on goal but blasted his strike straight at Hamer.

Focused: Charlton's Yann Kermorgant (left) takes on Hull City's Liam Rosenior (right)

Focused: Charlton's Yann Kermorgant (left) takes on Hull City's Liam Rosenior (right)

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Thunder and lightning made an appearance shortly before the interval
and the hosts could have ended the half with a bang but Cort headed
Jackson's inswinging corner just wide.

Both sides struggled to retain possession in the second half as the
conditions became increasingly difficult, with numerous misplaced passes
disrupting the flow of the game.

Dale Stephens saw a late free-kick deflected wide, with former Leicester
defender Michael Morrison inches away from making contact.

But it was the Tigers who finished on top and Aluko's powerful strike
was well blocked by Cort before Danny Hollands threw himself in front of
Paul McKenna's follow-up.

There was still time for Hamer to perform heroics as he first blocked
substitute Jay Simpson's effort before picking himself up to deny the
onrushing Aluko when he looked certain to score.

The draw maintains Charlton's unbeaten start to the league season, while
Hull have now kept two clean sheets in their opening three matches.