Sheff Wed away. What was the score? Won 4-2
Our defence is still as leaky as a leaky thing but not for the first time this season we had goals in us today as we brushed aside, not over convincingly, Sheffield Wednesday in the 3rd round of the Cup.
Despite Curbishley insisting that we have everyone and their dog back for corners and set-pieces, Sheffield Wednesday added themselves to the long list of sides who sniffed out our huge weakness by scoring twice from them.
Dennis Rommedahl, who is answering his critics (which I think only numbers one) in bundles, scored a magnificent early goal to settle the nerves but once again we conceded almost immediately, which means we have only kept two clean-sheets since early September!
However Holland, who again sounded like he played very well, scored another excellent goal to put us back in front before Romm gave us breathing space, scoring a 3rd in the critical few minutes before the break.
A knock for Rommedahl sadly meant that his game was over and Ambrose took his place at the half. Then of course it was panic stations as Wednesday threw everthing they had at us. Myhre made a good save from another set-piece before Paul Heckingbottom (a Yorkshireman if I've ever heard one!) scored again.
However, listening to the commentary (which was painful as it kept breaking up), it always appeared that our forward play was too good for the Championship side, and sure enough the telepathy of the two Darren's worked again as Bent screamed away from the home defence after latching onto an Ambrose ball. Bent rounded the goalkeeper and tucked away his 13th goal of the season to, I am sure, the delight and relief of 1,200 Addicks in the ground.
A couple of other observations. The attendance was crap. I thought only the 'big' sides considered the FA Cup a consolation prize
? 14,851 when they got over 25,000 against Crewe on Monday. Although I did note that they also got 14,000 against West Ham when they played them in the Carling Cup. Does the blame lie in the pricing of match tickets for a non-season ticket game?
Secondly, please let Murphy have an injury. Remember Scott Parker's "stomach strain"
which left him out of the Cup game at Gillingham, which meant he was not cup-tied, and now Murphy isn't either. Then again a "groin strain"
kept Dean Ashton out of Norwich's game at home to West Ham!
In his post match interview Curbishley denied any interest in Norwich's Robert Green
: "I'm not looking for goalkeeper. I've got three goalkeepers here and I'm comfortable with that."
Maybe it's all a smokescreen for a bid for Ashton with Lisbie and Jeffers to move the other way? One thing is for certain, we need to add to our best players not sell them.
Reports from those that were there: Addicks Diary
; BBC Sport