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Two down, one to go

Filed: Monday, 7th May 2007
By: Matthew O'Greel

Charlton's relegation was confirmed tonight after they went down 2-0 at home to Tottenham - leaving just one final spot up for grabs.

Goals from Berbatov and old boy Jermain Defoe helped Spurs to the win at The Valley, in a game which the home side had to win to stand any chance of avoiding the drop.

Charlton - who now travel to Liverpool on Sunday knowing their fate - are two points behind Wigan (35 points) whose visit to Sheffield United (38 points) that day will decide West Ham United's fate should the Hammers (also 38 points) lose at Old Trafford.

One statistic that is now certain, following Charlton's defeat tonight, is that a point for Alan Curbishley's side at Old Trafford will be enough to ensure survival.

However should the newly-crowned League Champions prove too strong for West Ham, a Wigan win at Bramall Lane would see the Hammers filling that final relegation spot.

Much has already been uttered concerning the possibility of one half of the Gang of Four currently investigating the possibility of suing the Premier League and/or West Ham United FC coming to a mutual 'arrangement' over the result next Sunday and concocting a scenario that would see the Hammers relegated.

Those fears aside, in the meantime all Alan Curbishley can do is prepare his players for what will be one of the most important games of their careers. Getting them to remain within a goal of Manchester United on Sunday afternoon - and therefore still in with a shout of grabbing a point, at the very least - at all times might come in handy too.

Not that we'd ever expect that nice Mr Whelan (whose company JJB Sports were fined 8.4m in 2001 for price-fixing) to consider comtemplating what he may perhaps perceive as revenge for his frightful recent mistreatment by the Premier League ...

* Meanwhile, Charlton chief executive Peter Varney - speaking before his club's relegation was rubber-stamped tonight - confirmed that the Addicks would be joining Sheffield United, Wigan and Fulham in seeking a review of the Premier League's decision to fine West Ham United 5.5m for breaching a rule concerning third-party ownership of players.

"We are looking at legal avenues," he said. "It is clear what the issues are.

"It is self-evident the four clubs are unhappy but it is an ongoing process and I cannot comment further.

"We are down at the bottom of the table because of what we have done this season, not because of West Ham - but if you see something that has gone on that is not right it is fair to challenge it."

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by Preston
06:37PM 8th May 2007
''I'm Carl from Preston but everyone knows me as Preston - I'd just like to say thanks to all my mates in London, they all know me and my two boys come to every game from Preston (home and away). I'm going to Man Utd on Sat, I hope we do the northern gits! Yes I'm a Northener, but love West Ham.

Take care all that know me - and I'll see you all next season ...''

10:10AM 8th May 2007
''I wish all the players 'good luck' for the Man United game. I know it has been a bad season but you have made us proud to be West Ham so go out there and show use what you can do. Play your hearts out as I know Sheffeld United won't be doing us any favours ...''

by Bridgeiron
09:24AM 8th May 2007
''We will need a draw on Sunday, you cannot trust the Northerners ...''

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