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Saturday, 19 August, 2000, 18:41 GMT 19:41 UK
Charlton record superb start
John Robinson celebrates with Chris Powell
John Robinson celebrates with Chris Powell
Charlton Athletic 4-0 Manchester City

Charlton fired a warning to the Premiership after comprehensively beating Manchester City 4-0 at The Valley, despite missing five first choice strikers.

Goals from Andy Hunt, John Robinson, Mark Kinsella and Graham Stuart sealed all three points as Charlton dominated their opponents, who no doubt will give manager Joe Royle plenty to think about over the next week.

Charlton manager Alan Curbishley was forced to call on teenager Kevin Lisbie through injuries, while City had no such problems and gave debuts to their high profile strike force, George Weah and Paulo Wanchope.

But it was 19-year-old Lisbie who made a more than impressive debut, contributing to Charlton's second goal and creating plenty of good chances.

Palmed away

Charlton went straight into action in the first minute when Claus Jensen curled a 25-yard free-kick which City keeper Nicky Weaver brilliantly palmed away for a corner.

The home side should have had the lead after seven minutes when Lisbie beat the offside trap.

With only Weaver to beat, the young striker hit the crossbar from only 10 yards out, much to the disappointment of The Addicks fans.

Scoring goals was a bonus. Two years ago we beat Southampton 5-0 at the start of the season, so we have been here before. We know not to get things out of proportion. I was desperate that we got the third goal, that meant we could relax a bit
  Charlton manager Alan Curbishley
But only a minute later, Andy Hunt sent the home support into jubilation when he neatly slotted home an 18-yard strike after beating two defenders.

Once again the City defence were left exposed when Jensen's through ball found Hunt on his own up front.

The striker, who scored 24 goals last season, turned Spencer Prior and Richard Edghill to beat Weaver low to his right.

The England under-21 keeper again kept his side in the match when he made another great save, this time keeping out Lisbie's header from Jensen's corner.

Early pressure

But for all of Charlton's early pressure, City almost scored with their first attack of the game.

A long Alfie Haaland throw found the head of Wanchope in the six-yard box, but was denied by an excellent parry from Dean Kiely.

The home side continued to dominate the first half, with Shaun Newton going close with a header.

Charlton celebrate their second goal
Charlton celebrate their second goal
But they soon doubled their lead when a Lisbie break found John Robinson who struck a 25-yard shot which deflected off Weaver's legs.

The second half began in a similar vein to the first with constant Charlton pressure, and Lisbie in particular using his ample pace to good effect, disorientating the rattled defence.

City, similar to the first half, almost scored against the run of play. A powerful Haaland strike was brilliantly saved by Kiely, who reacted quickly to his left.

On the day we were very poor. All over the pitch Charlton were better than us. At the end they looked dangerous every time they came at us. At times we looked like strangers
  Manchester City boss Joe Royle
Joe Royle, watching on from the stands, will no doubt be concerned about the frailty of his defence as Charlton ran riot.

Lisbie, so unlucky not to cap a goal on his debut, hit the post before Mark Kinsella struck a beautiful goal with the outside of foot from 15 yards.

The Addicks finally made it four when Stuart slotted home after Kinsella was brought down by Weaver.

Charlton: Kiely, Kishishev, Powell, Stuart, Rufus, Tiler, Kinsella, Hunt, Robinson, Jensen, Lisbie. Subs: Newton, Brown, Ilic, Parker, Konchesky.

Man City: Weaver, Edghill, Wiekens, Horlock, Prior, Haaland, Tiatto, Weah, Wanchope, Howey, Kennedy. Subs: Dickov, Wright, J. Whitley, Jobson, Wright-Phillips.

Referee: R Harris (Oxford)

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