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Dowie hails battling Addicks
08 Nov 2006 - 08:43:03
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."