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Saturday, 23 March, 2002, 16:56 GMT
Djorkaeff dumps Charlton
Youri Djorkaeff fires Bolton into the lead
Djorkaeff fires Bolton in front
Charlton 1-2 Bolton

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Youri Djorkaeff hit a first-half double as Bolton boosted their survival hopes with a nervy victory against Charlton at The Valley.

The French midfielder picked the perfect time to score his first goals since his move to Bolton from Kaiserslautern last month.

Djorkaeff fired the visitors in front with a clinical finish before Jason Euell missed a penalty for Charlton.

  Key moments
15 mins: Djorkaeff puts Bolton ahead.
22 mins: Euell misses from the spot.
39 mins: Djorkaeff's free-kick makes it 2-0.
52 mins: Johansson hits back for Charlton.

He struck again with a deflected free-kick before half-time and substitute Jonatan Johansson's goal could not deny Bolton their first Premiership away win for four months.

With games to come against the Premiership's top four, Charlton could yet have a major say on the destination of the title.

But Bolton were not willing to let their opponents influence the relegation picture at their expense.

Trotters boss Sam Allardyce punished Michael Ricketts for his two-month goal drought by dropping his star striker to the bench in favour of Dean Holdsworth.

We must have the finishing quality of our strikers, doing what they did and sticking their chances in the back of the net
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce
But it was his signing of Djorkaeff on a free transfer that looked the most inspired move.

Djorkaeff, who has a point to prove after being left out of the latest France squad, took just 15 minutes to open his account.

The World Cup winner showed excellent close control as he collected a pass from Fredi Bobic and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.

Bolton survived a major scare just seven minutes later when Scott Parker pounced on a loose ball in the penalty area and went down under a rash challenge from Paul Warhurst.

Euell looked set to add to his season's tally of 12 goals but failed to trouble keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen as he hit his penalty tamely wide of the left-hand post.

I don't begrudge Bolton the result as they worked as hard as they could and defended well - and we didn't put the ball away
Charlton boss Alan Curbishley
Charlton were made to pay when Djorkaeff curled in a free-kick from 30 yards which clipped the top of the defensive wall and wrong-footed keeper Dean Kiely.

Addicks boss Alan Curbishley responded by bringing on Johansson and John Robinson for Chris Bart-Williams and Luke Young in a double half-time substitution.

It paid off almost immediately when Jaaskelainen committed himself rashly on the edge of the area and Euell skipped round him before crossing for Johansson to head home.

Bolton were forced to weather intense pressure as Charlton pushed for an equaliser but held on to edge out of the drop zone.

Charlton: Kiely, Rufus, Costa, Konchesky, Young (Robinson 46), Bart-Williams (Johansson 46), Stuart, Parker, Powell (Fortune 88), Svensson, Euell.
Subs Not Used: Ilic, Kinsella.

Booked: Euell.

Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Barness, N'Gotty, Warhurst, Charlton, Frandsen, Bobic (Ricketts 77), Nolan, Gardner, Djorkaeff, Holdsworth (Southall 72).
Subs Not Used: Poole, Hansen, Wallace.

Booked: Gardner, Nolan.

Att: 26,358

Ref: C Foy (St. Helens).

BBC Sport's Steve Wilson
"Charlton just could not find an equaliser"
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