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BBC Sport's Steve Lee
"Hartson lived up to his billing on his debut"
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Coventry boss Gordon Strachan
"It was end to end stuff"
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Coventry striker John Hartson
"I think we looked a bit nervous today"
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Charlton boss Alan Curbishley
"There was a lot of tension out there"
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Saturday, 24 February, 2001, 17:02 GMT
Sky Blues salvage point against Addicks
John Hartson
Hartson scores his first for the club and the equaliser
Coventry 2-2 Charlton

Coventry's Premiership status is still very much in doubt after they failed to pick up three much-needed points against Charlton at Highfield Road.

Some sloppy defending cost Gordon Strachan's men dear and they had to come from behind to salvage a point.

They took the lead against the run of play, Craig Bellamy making the most of a spilled shot

Charlton came back into the match after Richard Rufus poked home following confusion in the home team's penalty area.


There is a small league of four clubs now - three of them will go down so we need to get to the top of that league
  Coventry manager Gordon Strachan

The Coventry defence were then caught napping after the restart and Jonatan Johansson scored a blistering volley.

But John Hartson weighed in with his first goal for the team to secure a share of the spoils.

Charlton made the brighter start and midfielder Mark Kinsella was unlucky not to put the visitors 1-0 up after three minutes.

His powerful deflected shot from the edge of the area was tipped over the bar by Coventry keeper Magnus Hedman.

John Hartson
Hartson closely tracked by Charlton's defenders

But it was Strachan's men who took the lead on 10 minutes.

Midfielder Barry Quinn fired in a shot which Charlton keeper Sasa Ilic could only manage to parry.

Bellamy, following up, made no mistake and tucked the ball under Ilic.

But Coventry were then undone by sloppy defending and some unfortunate ricochets.

Hedman failed to take a cross and the ball was not cleared out of the penalty area which had become littered with bodies.

Finland striker Johansson's over-head kick struck the bar, Mathias Svensson saw his effort blocked but Rufus was able to toe-poke the rebound over the line on 22 minutes.

  Key incidents
3 mins: Mark Kinsella shot tipped over
10 mins: Craig Bellamy scores to put Coventry 1-0 up
22 mins: Richard Rufus equalises after goal-mouth scramble
45 mins: Jonatan Johansson volleys home Charlton's second
54 mins: Graham Stuart's shot expertly saved
65 mins: John Hartson scores to draw Coventry level
70 mins: Hartson blazes over from close-range
85 mins: Johansson shoots over crossbar

Charlton boss Alan Curbishley had not even taken his seat in the dug-out for the second half when Johansson put his team 2-1 up.

The striker struck a sweet volley past Hedman after the impressive Kishishev had put him through.

The Finn's 14th goal of season was just reward for his industry up front.

The Highfield Road outfit, much to their credit, did not let their heads drop.

Strachan brought on John Aloisi for the ineffective Youssef Chippo in search of the equaliser.

The substitution paid dividends rather fortuitously after 65 minutes when Aloisi missed his shot in the area only for the ball to fall kindly to Hartson.


I'm disappointed we only got a point after going in front, but that's four wins and four draws from our last 8 games so I have to be delighted
  Charlton manager Alan Curbishley

He slotted home his first goal for the club and could have made it 3-2 on 70 minutes.

He had two chances to put the ball in the net but blazed his shot over the Charlton goal.

Johansson could have sealed it for Charlton towards the end but his strike went over and left both sides with a share of the spoils.


Coventry: Hedman, Edworthy, Shaw, Breen, Hall, Thompson, Carsley, Quinn, Chippo, Hartson, Bellamy. Subs: Williams, Telfer, Kirkland, Aloisi, Bothroyd.

Charlton: Ilic, Rufus, Todd, Fish, Kishishev, Powell, Jensen, Kinsella, Stuart, Johansson, Svensson. Subs: Newton, Brown, Konchesky, Lisbie, Caig.

Referee: M Halsey (Welwyn Garden City)

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