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Last Updated: Monday, 13 September, 2004, 20:56 GMT 21:56 UK
Charlton 0-0 Southampton
Southampton's David Prutton (left) with Charlton's Radostin Kishishev
Charlton and Southampton shared the spoils in a disappointing goalless draw at The Valley on Monday.

The first half was a laboured affair, only Dennis Rommedahl's pace down the Charlton left livening up proceedings, although his final ball let him down.

Things improved after the break as Dean Kiely pulled off a stunning save to deny Rory Delap and Claus Lundekvam headed an Anders Svensson corner wide.

Kiely saved again from Delap as Saints pressed but the Addicks just held on.

It was a slow start at The Valley, both sides taking their time to find their feet following a 16-day enforced break.

We had seven or eight players struggling out there and I've no idea why
Charlton boss Alan Curbishley

Francis Jeffers did manage to find some space down the Charlton left but his shot was well-gathered by Antti Niemi, before Fabrice Fernandes curled wide at the other end.

Rommedahl earned Jeffers' wrath moments later when he selfishly shot at Niemi from a tight angle with the former Arsenal striker in open space inside the Saints area.

Rommedahl's pace was hurting Darren Kenton, who was making his first start of the season, but the Dane's final ball lacked quality.

Saints had an opening when debutant Andreas Jakobsson headed back across goal and James Beattie just failed to make contact at the far post.

Saints' James Beattie (centre) just fails to hook the ball home
Saints' James Beattie (centre) just fails to hook the ball home

But the home side were doing most of the pressing, Jeffers poking wide before Hreidarsson headed over from a corner.

Beattie was proving Saints' only threat and, just before half-time, he skipped past two tackles only to send a well-struck 20-yard shot straight at Kiely.

The second half began as the first ended, the game locked in a midfield battle with neither side looking like providing a genuine goal threat.

Beattie showed good control by chesting the ball down for Kevin Phillips on the edge of the box, but the ex-Sunderland striker volleyed comfortably over.

I'm not really happy, I thought we did enough to win the game
Saints head coach Steve Wigley

Southampton upped the tempo just before the hour mark when Delap's right-foot drive forced a stunning one-handed tip over from Kiely after Svensson had wasted a chance to shoot.

Phillips then burst through and rounded Kiely but his cross was cleared for a corner, from which Lundekvam headed wide with the goal gaping.

Delap was in the thick of the action and another right-foot shot was deflected wide before he headed over from a long ball into the box.


Charlton: Kiely, Young, Perry, Fortune, Hreidarsson, Murphy, Euell, Kishishev (Hughes 58), Rommedahl (El Karkouri 75), Lisbie, Jeffers (Johansson 67).
Subs Not Used: Andersen, Konchesky.

Southampton: Niemi, Kenton (Nilsson 73), Lundekvam, Jakobsson, Le Saux, Fernandes (Crouch 84), Prutton, Delap, Anders Svensson, Beattie, Phillips.
Subs Not Used: Smith, Higginbotham, Best.

Booked: Prutton.

Att: 24,263.

Ref: N Barry (N Lincolnshire).




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