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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 March, 2005, 11:40 GMT
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Charlton v West Brom
West Brom's Robert Earnshaw is congratulated
BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyers residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them.

Here's a selection of reports from the Premiership clash between Charlton v West Brom at The Valley.


Dwayne Campbell

A memorable hat-trick in the space of 17 minutes by substitute Robert Earnshaw gave relegation battling West Brom their first away win of the season and three valuable points against 10-man Charlton.

An early Geoff Horsfield goal gave the Baggies the lead after nine minutes but Jonatan Johansson replied for the home side after 24 minutes.

The turning point came when the Addicks were rocked by the sending off of Talal El Karkouri four minutes later.

Despite the extra man it wasn't until Earnshaw's introduction after 64 minutes that the visitors took control.

Two clinical finishes and a penalty sent the Baggies faithful home delighted.

West Brom started off the better side with Ronnie Wallwork and Jonathan Greening both bringing the best out of keeper Dean Kiely.

In the ninth minute Greening switched play to Zoltan Gera who crossed for Horsfield to head the Baggies in front.

Finally stung into action Charlton should have equalised when Shaun Bartlett shot wide after 11 minutes.

Johansson was foiled by Russell Hoult shortly afterwards before the equaliser came.

A wonderful through ball by Matt Holland sent Johansson through to level the score.

Charlton will feel hard done by by the dismissal after 28 minutes of El Karkouri.

The Moroccan's tackle on Gera seemed to warrant only a booking but referee Mark Halsey produced the red card.

The second half was always going to be tough for Charlton.

When Paul Robinson twice went close for the Baggies the visitors might have thought it wasn't to be their day, but Earnshaw's introduction changed the game.

His first came after 73 minutes - the Welsh international heading in Horsfield's cross from close range.

Earnshaw's second came ten minutes later when he latched onto Gera's throughball to calmly slot home.

The super sub completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot two minutes from time after Richard Chaplow was fouled by Bryan Hughes.

Earnshaw stepped up and sent Dean Kiely the wrong way to complete the shock result of the afternoon.


Aaron Wall

West Bromwich Albion's chances of Premiership survival were boosted by a Robert Earnshaw inspired 4-1 hammering of 10-man Charlton.

Substitute Earnshaw scored a second-half hat-trick in the Baggies first away win of the season.

It was West Brom who started looking like a side pushing for a Uefa Cup place rather than one looking to stave off relegation.

Ronnie Wallwork and Jonathan Greening both went close before Zoltan Gera's cross paved the way for Geoff Horsfield to head the visitors ahead after nine minutes.

Jonatan Johansson had Charlton's first real chance with a shot that was well saved by Baggies keeper Russell Hoult 10 minutes later, but Johansson got his revenge by slotting a shot past Hoult in the 24th minute.

But any celebrations were rapidly curtailed by the sending off Talal El Karkouri for what looked like an innocuous challenge on Gera in the 28th minute.

Referee Mark Halsey controversially showed El Karkouri a straight red for a challenge which looked bookable at worst.

Despite their extra man it wasn't until the introduction of Earnshaw in the 64th minute that Albion took control.

Paul Robinson crossed for Horsfield to nod down to set Earnshaw up for his first - a close range header after 73 minutes.

Gera then played a great through ball for the Welsh international to notch his second 11 minutes later.

Looking to get back into the match an increasingly desperate Charlton left holes in defence.

Baggies sub Richard Chaplow danced his way into the box just before full time only to be upended by Bryan Hughes.

Earnshaw stepped up to calmly slot the ball past Dean Kiely and send a delighted Baggies faithful home still dreaming of playing top-flight football next season.


Barry Pugsley

Robert Earnshaw was West Brom's super sub at the Valley - coming off the bench to score a hat-trick to give the Baggies their first away win of the season and a Premiership lifeline.

Goals from Albion's Geoff Horsfield and Addicks Jonatan Johansson had the sides evenly matched at 1-1 after 29 minutes but the turning point came with the sending off of Charlton's Talal El Karkouri.

No Charlton player had picked up more yellow cards this campaign than El Karkouri before the match, but the hard tackling Moroccan looked shocked when ref Mark Halsey showed him a straight red for a reckless challenge on Zoltan Gera.

West Brom had looked the better side and after the break manager Bryan Robson, sensing an opportunity with a man advantage, sent on his livewire strker Earnshaw to conjure up victory.

The Welsh international seemed more than happy to oblige - two opportunistic finishes after 73 and 84 minutes, and a penalty two minutes from time rounded off a great team effort.

By the time Bryan Hughes had fouled Richard Chaplow for the penalty, many of the Charlton fans who had helped swell the attendance to the largest at the Valley since October 1977, had left the ground.





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