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"A classic cup victory"
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Saturday, 29 January, 2000, 17:05 GMT
Hunt caps Charlton comeback

Hedman denied Charlton on a number of occasions

Coventry 2-3 Charlton

Andy Hunt made the visitors' second half dominance count with a winner two minutes from the end of normal time.

The Nationwide League leaders' win came despite Coventry taking a 2-0 lead in the first 21 minutes, thanks to two goals from Cedric Roussel.

Key moments
15: Roussel makes it 1-0
21: Belgian repeats the trick and Coventry are cruising
40: Robinson takes his third good chance
45: Newton squares it up before the break
88: Coventry's resilience ended by Hunt
But late first half goals from John Robinson and Shaun Newton ensured equality at half time.

And Hunt capped a superb second half performance from the visitors by getting the most important goal of the match as time ran out.

On this evidence Charlton are better-equipped for another crack at the Premiership if they are promoted during their first season back in the lower division.

Roussel's strikes did not matter in the end
The visitors could have killed off the tie well before the late strike but a combination of Coventry keeper Magnus Hedman and some poor finishing had made a replay appear likely.

The Addicks also had the man-of-the-match in Newton, who gave Coventry wing-back Stephen Froggatt a real struggle down the Charlton right.

Yet as Roussel celebrated his second goal after 21 minutes, it had all seemed set to end very differently.

Carlton Palmer had already come close by the 15th minute when Coventry debutant Runar Normann flicked the ball inside Greg Shields and into the path of the Belgian.

At 2-0 I was very disappointed and had my lines made up already along the lines of `we are now going to concentrate on the League'
Addicks boss Alan Curbishley
The striker clipped the ball wide of the exposed Charlton keeper Dean Kiely, six minutes before his second goal of the match.

Robbie Keane back-headed the ball into the path of Gary McAllister whose chip handed Roussel an unmissable headed chance.

With McAllister pulling the strings in midfield and Keane a constant worry to the Charlton defence, a comfortable Coventry victory seemed there for the taking.

Martin Pringle surges forward for Charlton
But Charlton refused to buckle and started to create plenty of chances.

Robinson was twice denied by Hedman before he scored Charlton's first with a close range header after Newton had hooked the ball back across goal.

And the match was level by the time half-time arrived, with Newton shooting home after Hunt's shot had been parried.

The visitors stayed on top during the second half, with Newton again setting up Robinson before the Welshman drove over the bar.

They must be in with a chance of getting to the final if they continue playing with that spirit and ability
Gordon Strachan
Hunt then mis-kicked when 10-yards out after yet more good play by Newton.

But in the dying minutes the former West Brom striker made amends after Chris Powell's left-wing cross fell to him at the far post.

Hunt squeezed his low shot just inside the near post, and there was no time for the Sky Blues to come back.


Coventry: Hedman, Telfer, Williams, Breen, Froggatt, Eustace, McAllister, Palmer, Normann, Roussel, Keane. Subs: Ogrizovic, Shaw, Delorge, Strachan, Gustafsson.

Charlton: Kiely, Shields, Rufus, Brown, Powell, Robinson, Newton, Kinsella, Stuart, Pringle, Hunt. Subs: Ilic, Konchesky, Todd, MacDonald, Salako.

Referee: D Gallagher (Banbury)

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