Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Addicks' Dane Is Starting to Look Great

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Addicks' Dane Is Starting to Look Great

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Charlton manager Alan Curbishley believes Dennis Rommedahl's sparkling winner will provide the platform for the Dane to recapture the form that made him one of Europe's most feared wingers.

Rommedahl has rarely been impressive since joining the Addicks from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.

But his goal in stoppage time handed Curbishley's men their second away win in the Barclays Premiership this season.

Curbishley is confident the Dane will now go from strength to strength after his first goal for the club, a fine run and shot after Danny Murphy's pass had set him up.

"Dennis has shown what he can do this afternoon, and I hope that the goal will give him a big lift," Curbishley said.

"He is a tremendous talent, and I bought him because I felt he could fashion some chances for us, especially with his pace away from home.

"He showed in an instant today exactly what he is about."

Rommedahl admitted to some relief at finally breaking his duck for his new team ( but he does not expect to have won everyone over with one winning goal.

The Danish forward said: "It is always nice to get a first goal for a new club, and I am no different. There will still be criticism ( that is football. I don't think the critics will keep their mouths shut."

Rommedahl's winner was a fine strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area ( but he did not pretend it was an entirely cool finish.

"In the end I just closed my eyes and blasted it at goal ( and it went in."

This victory is crucial for Curbishley's side, as it enables them to put further distance between themselves and the bottom three.

Charlton are now a healthy nine points above the relegation zone after registering their second consecutive triumph on the road in the league.

As well as Rommedahl, Charlton were indebted to goalkeeper Dean Kiely, who made a magnificent save to keep out Andy Johnson's 57th-minute penalty and ensure that the score remained level. …

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