Charlton Athletic 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
Fish 47
Djorkaeff 85
Kiely, Kisheshev, Powell, Rufus, Fish, Parker, Euell, Jensen, Bartlett, Young, Lisbie
Jaaskelainen, Bergsson, Whitlow, Barness , Charlton, Nolan, Frandsen, Gardner, Djorkaeff, Pedersen, Ricketts
Rachubka, Konchesky (Young 56), Svensson (Bartlett 89), Johansson (Jensen 89), Fortune
Campo, N'Gotty , Mendy (Pedersen 68), Facey (Barness 77), Poole
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Youri Djorkaeff's Goal
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It only takes a moment to make magic..

Make no mistake, this is a game Bolton stole a point from. Charlton should have won it. But it was stolen with a piece of real skill. A David Niven style piece of catburglery if you will, rather than a street mugging. But I'm getting ahead of myself here.

Whitlow returned, Campo dropped to the bench and N'Gotty and Mendy as subs suggested Bolton's defensive woes may be easing. The performance suggested it's not quite there yet. Charlton scrambled a goal that should have been cleared (by ex Wanderer Mark Fish) after Jaaskelainen slid out of the area in possession of the ball - a silly mistake. IN the first half though Charlton had hit the bar and Jaaskelainen had made three good saves while Bolton's only effort on target had been a weak Pedersen header.

After Fish scored early in the second half the game opened out and Bolton played much more agressively and adventorously. This left their defense vulnerable though and Whitlow's slip let Euell free on goal but his shot fizzed ionches past the post. It looked like the final score wouldn't be 1-0, but more likely 2-0 than 1-1.

Just shows what you know and what you don't. Frandsen challenged for the ball on the edge of the area. The ball floated to Djorkaeff, who controlled the ballon his chest then fired a textbook overhead kick past Kiely's despairing dive. In three games against Chalrton Djorkaeff has now scored four goals. He must like them somehow.

That was the end of that. Bolton had had two efforts on goal all game but had scored a goal. Charlton had had six efforts on target, but Jaaskelainen's effort had denied them, despite his fault in the goal they did score. But enough times this season Bolton haven't got the reward the numbers say they should have, so maybe just once they could get the luck their way. ANd it would have been sad if DJorkaeff's stunning goal had been for a losing team...