Chelsea 0  Charlton Athletic 1  (Sky Sports)

Same Problems Still Dog Chelsea

Kevin Lisbie
Lisbie: Headed the winning goal


Chelsea 0-1 Charlton
    Lisbie 89
FA Barclaycard Premiership

Chelsea came back to Earth with a bump following their breath-taking week as Kevin Lisbie scored a late goal to earn Charlton all three points from their trip to Stamford Bridge.

The young striker rose highest to flick Clais Jensen's free-kick into the far post for his second goal of the season as the Addicks continue to impress in London derbies.

It's the same old problem for Claudio Ranieri. He watches his team take apart the Premiership champions one week, yet struggle to break down the teams in the lower half of the table.

The Blues lacked the intensity they'd shown in beating Manchester United and Leeds in the last week and rarely troubled Addicks' goalkeeper Dean Kiely.

The visitors actually came closest to taking all three points, despite their long injury-list. Their crowded treatment room had to make room for one more only a minute into the game when John Robinson limped off with a hamstring problem.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, back in goalscoring form on Saturday, was marshaled superb Mark Fish. He lost him twice in the first-half, only for the South African international to make a crunching saving tackle.

Shortly after the break, Jason Euell should have put Charlton ahead. Jensen found the former Wimbledon man just eight yards out and his first-time shot smacked he could not control the skidding ball and blasted against the post with a first-time shot.

That spurred Chelsea, captained by 20-year-old John Terry, into action and Eidur Gudjohnsen had to fine opportunities to add to his haul of three goals in his previous two games. First he sprinted onto substitute Gianfranco Zola's through ball only to drag his shot wide and again failed to hit the target when given a sight of goal by Hasselbaink's dummy.

Kiely made a fine block from a Hasselbaink thunderbolt after 56 minutes as the home pressure increased and did exceptionally well to scoop the rebound clear as Mario Melchiot tried to force home the loose ball from close-range.

Yet they failed to turn their possession into goals and were made to pay for it by a resilient Charlton side as Lisbie scored the winner in the final minute.

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Mark Fish (Charlton)
The big South African kept the free-scoring Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in check for the majority of the game with some fierce tackles.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Babayaro, Melchiot, Gallas, Terry, Lampard, Jokanovic, Dalla Bona, Zenden (Zola 45), Gudjohnsen (Forssell 79), Hasselbaink.
Subs Not Used: de Goey, Stanic, Keenan.
Booked: Dalla Bona, Hasselbaink.

Charlton: Kiely, Young, Powell, Fortune, Fish (Costa 81), Stuart, Parker, Jensen, Robinson (Konchesky 3), Johansson (Lisbie 64), Euell.
Subs Not Used: Roberts, Bart-Williams.
Booked: Fish.

Att: 33,504
Ref: D Gallagher (Oxfordshire).

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