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BBC Sport's Stuart Hall
reports from Maine Road
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Charlton boss Alan Curbishley
"Our walloping won't happen again"
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Manchester City manager Joe Royle
"It was a very poor day at the office".
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Saturday, 30 December, 2000, 17:33 GMT
Sorry City gift Addicks vital win
Jonatan Johansson
Jonatan Johansson celebrates his second goal
Manchester City 1-4 Charlton

A brace of first-half goals by Jonatan Johansson gave Charlton the points against a dreadful Manchester City.

Johansson's goals - his 11th and 12th of the season - were simple affairs.

He poked home his first on 26 minutes after City failed to clear a Claus Jensen corner, and added the second when a calamitous goal-kick from Nicky Weaver gave Radostin Kishishev a clear run at goal.

  Key moments
10 mins: Weaver makes diving save from Jensen free-kick
26 mins: Johansson bundles home Jensen corner
37 mins: Johansson scores second after Weaver error
82 mins: Graham Stuart steers home third from penalty spot
89 mins: Howey's clearance hits Jensen and rebounds in from 30 yardst
90 mins: Debutant Darren Huckerby grabs consolation from penalty spot
Graham Stuart converted a penalty for the third as the disgusted home fans streamed away in their thousands, but it was the fourth goal that summed up the day.

Jensen and 35,000 others could barely believe their eyes as Steve Howey's clearance rebounded off the Charlton midfielder 30 yards out and sailed into the City net.

Darren Huckerby's late penalty was a poor sort of consolation.

City looked every inch a side who had won just once in their last ten Premiership outings.

Penned back by hard-working Charlton, they demonstrated none of the attributes a struggling side needs to pull clear of the relegation mire.

Being cumbersome in defence, uninspired in midfield and woeful in attack is bad enough.

When you then dish out goals to the opposition like a mad grandmother giving away the family silver, you know the end is nigh.


It was a very poor day at the office for us - we never looked like scoring, and gave them three goals
  Joe Royle
Their second-half performance may have been an improvement on the first, but only in the way that Westlife's follow-up album was better than their debut.

Both were awful affairs.

Sub-standard team

Charlton couldn't quite believe their luck.

Having lost their last six games away from home, they could have been forgiven for starting nervously.

Just four points from a possible 18 before this game was not the form of a team anyone should fear, but City opened up as if they were facing the 1970 Brazilians.

Manager Joe Royle threw on Huckerby before half-time, but the new 2.5m man did little save run around enthusiastically before that late spot-kick.


It was a massive game for us, and a brilliant performance from the team - but I apologise for my goal
  Claus Jensen
City's only bright spark - as all season - was Shaun Wright-Phillips.

But one promising youngster cannot keep a sub-standard team afloat.

Royle needs to bring in several new faces - preferably established Premiership players rather than other teams' seldom-used substitutes - if City are to enjoy more than a one-season stand with the top flight.

Man City: Weaver, Haaland, Tiatto, Howey, Charvet, Dunne, Wiekens, Horlock, Wright-Phillips, Dickov, Goater. Subs: Huckerby, Prior, Bishop, Granville, Wright.

Charlton: Kiely, Konchesky, Rufus, Fish, Todd, Kishishev, Parker, Jensen, Johansson, Stuart, Bartlett. Subs: Powell, Robinson, Brown, Pringle, Caig.

Referee: C Wilkes (Gloucester)

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