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Monday, 18 March, 2002, 22:02 GMT
Addicks sink Spurs
Charlton's Luke Young tackles Spurs' Christian Ziege
Charlton are unbeaten in their last 12 London derbies
Spurs 0 -1 Charlton
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Spurs' season showed no sign of coming out of freefall as Charlton once again came out on top in a London derby thanks to Chris Powell's 70th minute goal.

With defenders dominating throughout the match it was appropriate the game's only goal should be scored by a defender.


It's just fantastic the position we've got ourselves in
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley

In front of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, who announces his squad this Saturday for the Italy game next week, Powell once again demonstrated his solid defensive play as well as an ability to get forward.

With 20 minutes remaining he took advantage of hesitant defending by Ledley King to prod home Graham Stuart's cross.

Having lost their last three league and cup games 4-0 Spurs struggled to recreate the intricate passing patterns that had taken them to the Worthington Cup Final and the FA Cup quarter-finals.

And on a rain-sodden pitch, Charlton further stymied Spurs by mirroring their 3-5-2 formation.

They also adopted a relentlessly determined approach as Alan Curbishley's side sought to protect their 11-match unbeaten run in London derbies.

That determination was typified by Richard Rufus, who was returning to the Charlton side for the first time since suffering knee ligament damage in August.

  Key moments:
70 mins: Chris Powell takes advantage of a Ledley King error to give Charlton the lead
90 mins: Gustavo Poyet is denied for the fourth time as Paul Konchesky clears his effort on to the bar

Throughout Rufus made several important defensive interventions and also went close with a header from a Chris Bart-Williams corner.

Scott Parker was equally influential for Charlton in midfield, both in breaking up Spurs' attacks, but also with his passing and vision.

It was Parker who created Charlton's best opportunity setting up Luke Young with a superb diagonal pass.

But the Spurs old-boy's shot was diverted away for a corner by Neil Sullivan.

Just past the half-hour Les Ferdinand almost snatched the lead for Spurs when he crept in behind Jorge Costa, but Dean Kiely did well to palm the header away.

Charlton's Scott Parker vies for the ball with Spurs' Gustavo Poyet
Scott Parker was very influential for Charlton

The Charlton keeper made an even better save on 63 minutes when he got a hand on Gustavo Poyet's lob, after the Uruguayan had been sent clear by a Tim Sherwood pass.

Two minutes later Kiely denied Poyet again, this time clearing the former Chelsea's player with his feet.

But the Norwegian, like his Spurs colleagues, never really got going as they slumped to a fourth successive defeat.

Luck also was not on Spurs' side, no more so than when Paul Konchesky cleared another Poyet effort on to his own bar and then away from danger.


Tottenham: Sullivan, Perry, King, Gardner, Ziege, Anderton, Sherwood, Poyet, Davies, Ferdinand (Iversen 45), Rebrov (Etherington 73). Subs Not Used: Keller, Taricco, Thelwell.

Booked: Gardner.

Charlton: Kiely, Young, Powell (Robinson 90), Rufus, Costa, Stuart, Bart-Williams, Parker (Konchesky 83), Fortune, Euell, Svensson. Subs Not Used: Kinsella, Ilic, Johansson.

Attendance: 29,602.

Referee: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees).

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"Organisation and committment were the hallmark of this win"
Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle
"We've handed it to them on a plate"
Charlton boss Alan Curbishley
"It was a perfect away win"
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