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Saturday, 9 November, 2002, 16:58 GMT
Everton on target again
Everton's Tomasz Radzinski enjoys scoring his side's only goal against Charlton
Tomasz Radzinski celebrates his goal
Everton 1-0 Charlton

Everton set a new club record of four consecutive Premiership wins after a first-half goal by Tomasz Radzinski sealed the three points.

The Toffees had never won four games in a row since the inception of the Premiership.


We will just continue working away because we have not won anything yet
David Moyes,
Everton manager
But following successes over Arsenal, West Ham and Leeds in recent weeks, they maintained their unbeaten home record with another victory.

Everton manager David Moyes opted to leave teenage star Wayne Rooney on the bench with Joseph Yobo, Mark Pembridge and Thomas Gravesen all recalled.

Gravesen played a key role in the goal when he capitalised on a mistake by Robbie Mustoe to send Radzinski away with a superb through ball.

  Goodison Park action
1 min: Everton denied penalty after apparent hand ball by Richard Rufus
31 mins: Radzinski puts Everton ahead
64 mins: Kevin Lisbie goes close for Charlton

The Canada international then powered into the area and drilled in a right-foot shot into the right-hand corner of the approaching Dean Kiely's net for his fourth of the season.

Everton should have had the lead much earlier but they had a number of penalty appeals turned down by referee Rob Styles.


In our last five or six performances my players have given me everything, but we've not got many points to show for it
Alan Curbishley,
Charlton boss
Within the first minute, Radzinski's cross looked to have hit the hand of Charlton skipper Richard Rufus and then Alan Stubbs claimed he had been held back by Rufus as they jumped for a cross.

Moments later, Claus Jensen appeared to be clipped in the area by Tony Hibbert, but again Styles waved away the appeals.

After their opener, Everton controlled much of the game as they chased the crucial second goal.

Hibbert went close with a 30-yard shot which was parried by Dean Kiely while Radzinski first went narrowly over the bar and then shot narrowly wide.

Hibbert showed his defensive qualities when he was forced to clear Mark Fish's goalbound header off the line.

The home side brought on teenage star Wayne Rooney with 19 minutes to go in place of Radzinski.

Late on, Scott Parker almost made Everton pay when he ran 50 yards towards goal.

But his shot was off target and Everton managed to hang on to continue their progress up the Premiership table.


Everton: Wright, Hibbert, Yobo, Stubbs (Weir 69), Unsworth, Carsley, Gravesen, Tie Li (Naysmith 73), Pembridge, Radzinski (Rooney 73), Campbell.
Subs Not Used: Watson, Gerrard.

Booked: Gravesen, Rooney.

Charlton: Kiely, Fortune, Rufus, Fish, Powell, Kishishev (Johansson 75), Mustoe (Konchesky 54), Parker, Jensen, Lisbie, Euell (Bartlett 75).
Subs Not Used: Young, Roberts.

Booked: Fortune, Rufus, Fish.

Attendance: 37,621

Referee: R Styles (Hampshire).

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