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Thursday 21 February 2013

On this day: Charlton beat Blackburn despite Friedel goal

  • Goalkeeper Brad Friedel is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring a late goal

  • But that is not the end of the story as Claus Jensen volleys in from 25 yards out

  • Charlton celebrate the victory as they end a run of three straight defeats

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On this day: Review of February

21 Feb 2004: Charlton 3-2 Blackburn Rovers

A dramatic Claus Jensen strike ensured Charlton Athletic sensationally defeated Blackburn Rovers, despite Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel scoring an injury-time goal.

The American international, who has gone on to make nearly 450 Barclays Premier League appearances since initially moving to Liverpool in 1997, looked to have snatched a late draw for the visitors with his only ever goal in the top flight, after he came up for a corner in the dying moments of the match to unleash a left-foot strike.

But Addicks playmaker Jensen went straight up the other end to score a winner for Alan Curbishley's side, who finished seventh in the 2003/04 campaign. This proved to be their best ever season since the Premier League's formation in 1992.

In an entertaining match at the Valley, Carlton Cole had given the hosts lead after 10 minutes and Jason Euell, who was Charlton's top scorer in the 2003/04 season with 10 goals, had added a second before half-time.

Former Manchester United and Newcastle United striker Andy Cole pulled one back with 15 minutes to go, only for Friedel and Jensen to produce the late drama.

Blackburn finished 10th that season and qualified for the UEFA Europa League in the process. Both sides are now plying their trade in the Championship.

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