Addicks get past Glovers
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton Athletic saw off a spirited Yeovil Town side with a 3-2 victory in the FA Cup.Charlton Athletic saw off a spirited Yeovil Town side to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 victory.
Goals from Bryan Hughes, Francis Jeffers and Shaun Bartlett were enough to take The Addicks through in an entertaining contest at The Valley, despite Paul Terry and substitute Arron Davies replying for The Glovers.
Alan Curbishley's side applied early pressure on their lower league opponents, with Bartlett heading a Danny Murphy free kick from the right wide of goal.
At the other end, Phil Jevons failed to test Dean Kiely with a long-range strike before The Addicks went close again.
Jeffers then failed to hit the target from close range after Murphy slipped a fine through ball to the former Everton and Arsenal striker in the box.
Gary Johnson's then had a spell of pressure themselves and as their confidence grew, a fine run from Terry saw the former Dagenham & Redbridge player hit the post with a right foot shot from the edge of the box.
The rebound fell for Darren Way, but his strike was blocked away to safety by Luke Young.
The visitors remained undeterred, but skipper Terry Skiverton failed to threaten the Charlton goal with a header over the bar from Lee Johnson's corner from the right.
Charlton then had two quality chances to take the lead, with Murphy having sent Young down the right flank before his fine cross to the far post found Bartlett, but the South Africa international failed to hit the target.
The Addicks then went even closer when a fine passing move on the edge of the box saw Murphy clip a fine ball towards an unmarked Hughes, but his rasping volley failed to hit the target from close range.
Charlton's persistence, however, paid off eight minutes before the break, as a Talal El Karkouri free kick from the halfway line found Hermann Hreidarsson in the Yeovil box.
His header down found an unmarked Hughes again and his first time right footed volley went past Yeovil keeper Chris Weale for 1-0.
The home side then looked to double their lead, but Bartlett's shot on the edge of the box deflected into the arms of a relieved Weale.
Yet, as Charlton looked to have control at that stage, Yeovil equalised a minute before half time to the delight of the large travelling support.
A fine run from the halfway line from Kevin Gall saw him elude two challenges before Jerome Thomas's tackle saw the ball fall to the feet of Terry.
He side-footed his right foot shot to beat Kiely to deservedly give The Glovers parity at the break.
Yeovil would have been in buoyant mood for the start of the second half, but the Premiership side quickly gained control of the contest with two goals in six minutes.
Six minutes after the break, unrelenting Charlton pressure saw Murphy latch onto Young's ball down the right before the former Liverpool man played a fine low cross to an unmarked Jeffers to tap home for 2-1.
The Addicks then made it three on 57 minutes when a fine run from Thomas from the left flank saw him find Bartlett unmarked on the edge of the box and the striker neatly slotted his left foot shot off the inside of the post and into the goal.
Charlton nearly made it four, but Weale made a fine instinctive save from Murphy at the far post following a Thomas cross from the left.
Bartlett then squandered another chance with a left foot shot that went woefully wide after Hughes played him in on the left.
The League Two leaders, however, came right back into the match on 66 minutes when some fine Yeovil passing allowed substitute Davies to strike a curling right foot shot from the edge of the box under a diving Kiely to make it 3-2.
Yeovil were very unlucky not to be level moments later after Andrejs Stolcers saw his cross-shot just fly over the bar before a counter-attack from their own half saw Davies beat Charlton's offside trap and race clear in on goal.
With the goal seemingly at his mercy, he unfortunately struck the feet of Kiely before the rebound fell to Jevons, but his strike hit El Karkouri on the goal-line before the danger was eventually cleared.
The visitors kept pushing forward, but that left them exposed at the back and substitute Paul Konchesky nearly ended the match with a shot across the face of Weale's goal.
In the end, Yeovil's best efforts were not enough and they go out of the FA Cup and back to matters at the top of League Two while Charlton see off another possible scare to reach round five.
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