Dowie hails battling Addicks

08 November 2006 08:43
Charlton Athletic manager Iain Dowie praised his side's character as the Addicks won through to the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup for the first time in their history by beating League One side Chesterfield at Saltergate. It was a close-run thing though, with Dowie's side winning through to the last eight of the competition on a penalty shoot-out after the match had ended 3-3 after extra-time. Dowie said after the game: "I have to pay a huge amount of respect and credit to Chesterfield. They were magnificent and pushed us every inch of way. "But I also want to pay a great deal of respect to our character. We didn't buckle under difficult circumstances, even at the end when we conceded for a third time at a set-piece. "We've come back with great character. There are lots of positives for us but Chesterfield deserved their moment in the spotlight. "It was great for Jimmy (Hasselbaink) to get a couple of goals. His first goal was a calculated finish and his second was a consummate finish. So we're delighted for Jim. "Look at his history. Jimmy gets goals and it was as only going to be a matter of time."

Source: ESA