Charlton Paper View

Last updated : 15 January 2006 By Brian Cartlidge

Sutton cannot save the Blues

No happy return to English football yesterday for Chris Sutton, the much-travelled striker for whom Chelsea once paid a staggering £10 million in the days when no one in the game had even heard of Roman Abramovich. The Telegraph

Upbeat Bruce spies hope as City fall in the Valley of gloom

The future does not ostensibly look good for Steve Bruce and his club, but what do we know? The Birmingham manager reacted as if his side had won this turgid battle and said: "I am not going to be downbeat. We could not have played any better and I am convinced we'll be OK if we play like that." Independent

Hughes gives Charlton head start as Sutton feels the Blues

Charlton have not exactly been a byword for efficiency this season - witness their recent run of five consecutive defeats - but two goals, from three attempts on target, was something probably Chelsea could admire. Conversely, it said a lot about Birmingham's bleak prospects that they should dominate a game such as this, against a team so vulnerable and still come away with nothing. The Observer

Old boy Hughes sinks City

Birmingham's blues deepened after they came to the capital and were given a mugging by a Charlton side whose manager Alan Curbishley admitted he was counting his blessings. The Times