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BBC Sport's Simon Brotherton
"Newcastle were disjointed and toothless for much of the game."
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Charlton boss Alan Curbishley
"They showed that they wasn't going to let anybody back into that game."
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Sunday, 11 February, 2001, 18:10 GMT
Clinical Charlton too hot for Newcastle
Svensson scores
Svensson fires Charlton in front at The Valley
Charlton 2-0 Newcastle

Charlton put their FA Cup horror show against Tottenham behind them to climb to seventh in the Premiership table.

For the second time in a week, the Addicks carved out a two-goal lead on the back of some incisive first-half play.

This time, they refused to relinquish their grip on the game.

Spurs had taken advantage of some Charlton charity to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 win last week, but Newcastle never looked like inflicting the same kind of pain on the home side.

  Key moments
24 mins - Bartlett's superb header is pushed onto a post by the agile Given
38 mins - Bartlett's knock-down sets up Svensson for the opening goal
43 mins - Bartlett doubles Charlton's lead as Newcastle hesitate following a linesman's flag
55 mins - Svensson is denied a second as Given produces a fine save
67 mins - Ameobi's angled drive is pushed round the post by a previously redundant Ilic
90 mins - Ilic secures his clean sheet with a fine stop to deny Gallacher
Stand-in keeper Sasa Ilic was not even tested until midway through the second half, a smart save from Ameobi a timely reminder that he intends to be regarded as more than Dean Kiely's deputy.

By that time, Charlton were in complete control courtesy of first-half goals from strike partners Mathias Svensson and Sean Bartlett.

Bartlett made the opener on 38 minutes, cleverly heading into the path of Svensson who took his time before rifling a well-placed half-volley beyond Shay Given.

Five minutes later, Charlton doubled their lead, though there was a huge whiff of controversy in the air as Bartlett clinically swept home.


We were disastrous in defence and had nothing in the middle
  Newcastle boss Bobby Robson

Newcastle defender Wayne Quinn's handball prompted a referee's assitant to raise his flag, but Paul Durkin waved play on and Bartlett took advantage of Newcastle's hesitation to bury Svensson's far-post cross.

Newcastle protested furiously, but their appeals fell on deaf ears.

Bartlett deserved his goal, having already seen a superb header brilliantly pushed on to a post by Given.

Newcastle had no answer to the combination of Charlton's front two, which served as yet another reminder of their own attacking shortcomings in the absence of injured captain Alan Shearer.

Gary Speed and Radostin Kishishev
Speed holds off the attentions of Kishishev

Ameobi worked hard without reward, but supply to the forwards was short as Charlton dominated midfield, Scott Parker particularly impressive.

Parker was substituted late on to huge applause, which resounded even louder when his replacement, Mark Kinsella, came on to mark his return from a lengthy injury absence.

Victory took Charlton to the crucial 40-point mark and, with 11 games still to play, Charlton fans can already start saving for next season's Premiership season tickets.


It was a great team performance
  Charlton's Scott Parker

The only black mark for Charlton was a booking for Svensson, who showed his temperamental side in an ugly spat with Warren Barton.

The Swede's fifth yellow card of the season means he now has as many bookings as goals this season.

For Newcastle, the defeat took their miserable run of form in London to 25 games without a win.

In truth, they never looked like putting a stop to their capital punishment.

Gallacher saw an injury time snapshot well saved by the alert Ilic, but that would have proved no more than a consolation - and a scant one at that.


Charlton: Ilic, Rufus, Todd, Fish, Kishishev, Parker, Jensen, Stuart, Powell, Svensson, Bartlett. Subs: Kinsella, Robinson, Brown, Johansson, Caig.

Newcastle: Given, Barton, Marcelino, Hughes, Quinn, Solano, Acuna, Lee, Speed, Dyer, Ameobi. Subs: Bassedas, Griffin, Harper, Lua-Lua, Gallacher.

Referee: P Durkin (Dorset)

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