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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 April 2006, 18:10 GMT 19:10 UK
Charlton 0-2 Blackburn
Alan Curbishley
Curbishley's side could not give him a winning home send off
Charlton manager Alan Curbishley's last match in charge at The Valley ended in a loss to Blackburn Rovers, who boosted their chances of a Uefa Cup slot.

Curbishley's exit at the end of the season was announced before kick-off and a struggling Charlton went behind to Steven Reid's near post header.

Chris Powell's own goal from Florent Sinama-Pongolle's cross extended the visitors' deserved lead.

Curbishley was applauded by fans around the ground, despite the defeat.

Charlton's players had to deal with the on-pitch announcement just before kick-off by club chairman Richard Murray that Curbishley would be leaving the club at the end of the season.

And, with the news being absorbed by the them and the fans, the Addicks were dominated for most of the game with the visitors quickly taking a grip of the match.

Rovers striker Craig Bellamy thought he should have had a fifth minute penalty when he was brought down by Gonzalo Sorondo but his appeals were waved away.

Steven Reid (right) is congratulated by team-mate Robbie Savage after he put Blackburn 1-0 up at Charlton
Reid (right) celebrates his opening goal for Blackburn

The Welshman picked himself up to set up a chance for fellow forward Sinama-Pongolle, who lifted the ball over keeper Stephan Andersen only to see his angled effort go wide.

Darren Ambrose had the best chance of the opening half for the home side when he chested down Matt Holland's ball before volleying straight at keeper Brad Friedel.

But Rovers carried the more threat with Reid going closest to scoring with his low free-kick being well-saved and a first-time volley going over.

Reid caused the Charlton defence plenty of problems and put his side ahead when he nodded in at the near post after Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw.

The home side's threat on goal was minimal as Blackburn continued to control the match and the visitors duly went 2-0 up after 65 minutes.

Bellamy missed a deflected cross from Sinama-Pongolle and Powell could do little as the ball cannoned off him and into goal.

Charlton were denied any worthwhile possession to create any chances but Curbishley was given a rousing send off as fans all round the stadium applauded him.

  • Charlton manager Alan Curbishley:
    "I've got mixed emotions. I would obviously have liked to have done well but when you see the goals that have gone in it wasn't going to be.

    "I think it was a very subdued performance and I thought it was going to be once the players and fans knew what was going on."

    Blackburn boss Mark Hughes:
    "It was difficult for us because there was a lot surrounding Alan's departure and we had to keep our focus.

    "But we were determined to get the three points and keep on track for that European place."

    "We're now down to a two game season and know exactly what we have to do."

    Charlton: Andersen, Sankofa, Sorondo (Fortune 74), Perry, Powell, Kishishev (Sam 59), Holland, Hughes, Ambrose, Darren Bent, Bartlett (Lisbie 59).
    Subs Not Used: Myhre, Euell.

    Booked: Powell, Kishishev, Sorondo.

    Blackburn: Friedel, Neill, Khizanishvili, Nelsen (Bentley 50), Gray, Reid, Savage, Tugay, Pedersen, Sinama Pongolle (Kuqi 88), Bellamy.
    Subs Not Used: Enckelman, Mokoena, Peter.

    Booked: Pedersen, Neill, Savage, Bellamy.

    Goals: Reid 43, Powell 65 og.

    Att: 26,254

    Ref: R Styles (Hampshire).

    Interview: Blackburn manager Mark Hughes

    Interview: Charlton boss Alan Curbishley

    Curbishley to leave Charlton job
    29 Apr 06 |  Charlton Athletic


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