Alan Curbishley stuck with the same backline for a third consecutive league game, and the same midfield that started their previous league win against West Ham on New Years Eve. That meant no place in the starting 16 for Danny Murphy. After Bryan Hughes had put the Addicks’s noses in front ‘Charlton looked distinctly uncomfortable at the back as Birmingham pressed for an equaliser,’ noted the Sunday Telegraph.
‘They had no width and compressed all their play into a 30-yard strip down the middle of the pitch…Thomas Myhre, who has been the preferred choice in goal since Boxing Day, provided long punts upfield making the home team not very pretty to watch, and not particularly effective. The relief that greeted Bent's winner (now 11 in 19 league games this season) showed how close to the wind the home team were sailing.’ (Sunday Mirror)