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Fulham keep Charlton bottom

'AN ABSOLUTE DREAM' Fulham manager Chris Coleman couldn't say enough about veteran striker Brian McBride after the American helped the 'Cottages' to a 2-1 victory


Charlton Athletic's Andy Reid holds his head after missing a scoring opportunity during his side's match against Fulham at the Craven Cottage Stadium in London on Monday.


Fulham ensured Charlton stayed bottom of the Premiership on Monday as they beat their fellow Londoners 2-1 to record their first win in four league matches.

Two goals in two minutes from US international Brian McBride and Claus Jensen -- against his former club -- gave Fulham breathing space while Charlton got one back late on through Darren Bent, who has scored six of their seven Premiership goals this season.

Defeat for Charlton was their fifth in a row and leaves them with just three points after eight matches, one adrift of Watford.

Fulham manager Chris Coleman was full of praise for his two goalscorers, especially McBride.

"Brian is an absolute dream. His attitude is fantastic," Coleman purred.

"He is not quick but he is strong in the air, knows the game and can hold the ball up. I'm delighted he has started to score goals for us this season," added the former Wales international defender.

Charlton boss Iain Dowie, who succeeded Alan Curbishley in the summer after he resigned, said that everyone at the club had to stick together.


"We've have some difficult times and now we need to look for the positives," said Dowie, who left former club Crystal Palace in controversial fashion having told owner Simon Jordan he wanted to move north but instead opting for another London club.

"We have to make sure everyone sticks together and stands up to be counted. We are in a dark time at the moment and we have to swing hard towards the light," added the former Northern Ireland international striker.

A match of few chances which reflected how out of sorts both sides are saw Fulham do more of the pressing and the lively McBride forced Carson into several saves.

It was no surprise, though, when McBride opened the hosts account in the 65th minute as he shot home from Jensen's freekick which had been awarded after a foul by Amady Faye on Wayne Routledge.

Charlton had barely recovered from that blow when they were hit by the killer one as Jensen volleyed brilliantly past Scott Carson.

Darren Bent then gave the visitors some hope 13 minutes from time with a right footed shot from inside the penalty area but it was to prove too little too late for the embattled London side.

Indeed they were fortunate not to lose by more as Carson had to save smartly from Tomasz Radzinski in the final minute.

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