Hamer Blow

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Hamer Blow


Byline: Steve Goodman

He sees red as O's Spring into action MATTHEW SPRING made it a bleak midwinter for Charlton - as he sentenced his old club to only their second defeat of the season.

Chris Powell's League One leaders paid the price for having goalkeeper Ben Hamer sent off for deliberate handball after only five minutes.

And midfielder Spring gave Russell Slade's improving mid-table side a well-deserved victory over the promotion favourites when he struck midway through the first half.

Slade beamed: "We thoroughly deserved to win. The score may only have been 1-0 but the game was packed full of excitement and goalbound attempts.

"I've seen the sending-off on video, and the ball was going in. It may have been harsh but the ref was acting according to the letter of the law.

"Jimmy Smith had a second goal for us ruled out but he was two yards onside. That would have wrapped up the game for us, and we missed a few more chances.

"Charlton are not used to losing and they came back at us with 10 men. But we have now won three of our last four games.

"I now hope to do some business in the transfer window and plan to sign a left-back."

Charlton boss Powell has secured the signing of Swindon striker Leon Clarke, in a swap deal involving Paul Benson.

Tough The arrival of Clarke, who fell out with Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio, is timely - as 14-goal Bradley Wright-Phillips for once failed to impress.

The former Manchester City man was hauled off after barely an hour having done nothing all game.

Powell declined to face the postmatch inquest, with recalled captain Johnnie Jackson standing in. …

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