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Addicks boss braced for relegation
Published : 14 Apr 2009 07:40:11
The Londoners need to win their remaining games, hope that all their rivals lose theirs and then rely on goal difference if they are to secure the greatest of great escapes, and Parkinson is not confident. The Addicks boss felt his side had performed well enough but were again let down by the lack of a cutting edge. He said: "It is not looking good. We are not mathematically down but it does not take a genius to realise that it is a tall order. "The attitude and the application of the players was excellent and the football we played in the first half was good, but that final ball let us down and in football that is the most important thing. "I felt fairly comfortable defensively for most of the game and we did create a threat going forward, but that lack of quality was key." Charlton caused the home team problems without ever looking likely to beat goalkeeper Keiren Westwood. Coventry, on the back of a four-goal drubbing at Plymouth on Saturday, moved the ball well enough but looked totally toothless in attack. Midfielder Michael Doyle and fellow Irishman Kevin Thornton came the closest to scoring in the opening period. Doyle did well to get on the end of a Thornton cross in the sixth minute but his header went over Rob Elliott's bar. Coventry, with Dan Fox playing out of position wide on the left, made progress down that flank and the highly-rated defender did deliver a series of telling crosses. His 10th minute corner was met by Elliott Ward but when his stronger header was cleared off the line, the referee ruled someone had strayed offside. Fox then did well to pick out Thornton inside the area, but Rob Elliott managed to keep his flicked attempt out. Clinton Morrison claimed in vain that he had been tripped inside the area in the 37th minute, but it was an appeal made more in hope than expectation. Lloyd Sam was perhaps fortunate only to be shown a yellow card six minutes into the second half when he brought down Fox with a crude challenge. Suddenly Coventry began to find a rhythm and twice Freddy Eastwood twice went close within two minutes. Charlton could have stolen it near the end when Nicky Bailey saw an effort hit a post and bounce out. Coventry boss Chris Coleman said: "We have been in an FA Cup quarter-final and if we finish in the top half that will be a good season after what happened last year when it went to the last day of the season. "Charlton have chased the dream and tried to come back and look what has happened to them. The likes of Coventry City have to look at that and say it is an example. "With Norwich and Southampton down near the bottom, there are some big clubs in trouble."