Bartlett Stuns Chelsea  (Sky Sports)  

Shaun Bartlett






Bartlett 35

FA Carling Premiership

Chelsea's Champions League ambitions were dealt a massive blow by London rivals Charlton after South Africa striker Shaun Bartlett's strike completed the double for the Addicks.

The on-loan FC Zurich ace stunned Stamford Bridge in the 35th minute when he sidefooted into the roof of the net from six yards after Claus Jensen's 25-yard drive was spilled by Italian stopper Carlo Cudicini.

It was Bartlett's seventh goal since arriving on loan from the Swiss club and his first away from The Valley and ended the Blues' hopes of sneaking into the top three.

Claudio Ranieri's men, who were looking for their fifth successive win, went out with a whimper after failing to muster a single shot on target.

The Blues' Italian boss had also urged his players to make amends for what he singled out as their worst performance of the season - November's 2-0 defeat at The Valley.

But Charlton started the better of the two sides, although Sam Dalla Bona almost opened the scoring after charging through the Addicks midfield before flashing a left-foot shot just wide of Sasa Ilic's right-hand post.

Charlton hit-back immediately when Shaun Bartlett nodded Jensen's hanging cross into the path of Scott Parker, but the young midfielder miskicked on the edge of the box.

Ilic was forced into the first save of the match in the 13th minute after he parried Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink's 20-yard free-kick, but Charlton could have gone into the half-time interval two goals to the good after Bartlett volleyed Jensen's cross just over the crossbar.

Claudio Ranieri reacted at half-time by hauling off Gianfranco Zola - a peripheral figure in the opening 45 minutes - and 20-goal top scorer Hasselbaink and plumped for a new front pairing of Eidur Gudjohnsen and Jesper Gronkjaer.

And Danish international Gronkjaer caused the Charlton defence all sorts of problems, but it was not until midway through the second period that Chelsea mustered their first effort of note, and that came from long range.

Graeme Le Saux fashioned the chance himself, clipping the ball over Parker and volleying the wrong side of an upright from 25 yards.

That was as close as Chelsea came to clawing themselves level as man-of-the-match Parker and midfielder partner Kinsella ran the show to keep Alan Curbishley's men on top and move them just five points behind Chelsea.

MAN-OF-THE-MATCH: Scott Parker (Charlton)
The England Under-21 midfielder ran the show in midfield and received a standing ovation from the visiting supporters when he was substituted with 10 minutes remaining.

Chelsea: Cudicini, Melchiot, Desailly, Terry, Le Saux, Poyet, Wise, Dalla Bona, Stanic, Zola (Gronkjaer 45), Hasselbaink (Gudjohnsen 45).
Subs Not Used: de Goey, Babayaro, Jokanovic.
Booked: Hasselbaink, Poyet, Wise.
Charlton: Ilic, Konchesky, Rufus, Fish (Brown 45), Todd, Kinsella, Parker (Stuart 80), Jensen, Johansson, Robinson (Kishishev 78), Bartlett.
Subs Not Used: Caig, Svensson.

Att: 34,983
Ref: M Dean (The Wirral).

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