NOTTINGHAM, England (AFP) - Premiership strugglers Charlton crashed out of the FA Cup as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at League One Nottingham Forest.
Alan Pardew´s side hit a new low in an already miserable season for the London club as first-half goals from Junior Agogo and Grant Holt put Forest into the fourth round.
Charlton are second bottom of the Premiership and had already suffered an embarrassing League Cup quarter-final defeat against Wycombe last month but this capitulation underlines the true extent of the turmoil at The Valley.
Forest had lost their last match 5-0 at Oldham but they tore into Charlton from the start.
Nathan Tyson, who had been released by Pardew when he was at Reading, was just unable to turn in Holt´s cross in the opening moments.
Colin Calderwood´s team were close to taking the lead again in the 21st minute when Tyson whipped in a cross that James Perch met with a close range header that went just wide.
Paul Smith produced a superb save to keep out Marcus Bent´s long range effort as Charlton finally began to show signs of life.
But Forest, currently third in League One, were still the dominant force and Ghana striker Agogo broke the deadlock in the 28th minute as he slotted past Thomas Myhre from Perch´s cross.
Charlton had looked a more organised and determined side since Pardew took over on Christmas Eve, but they were a shambles at the City Ground.
Only the crossbar denied Forest a second goal two minutes later as Jon Fortune´s mistimed clearance from Tyson´s cross fizzed onto the woodwork.
It was only a temporary reprieve for the visitors though as Holt made it two in the 32nd minute.
Nicky Southall sent in a precise free-kick and Holt eluded centre-back Souleymane Diawara to head in his 12th goal of the season.
Charlton were missing injured leading scorer Darren Bent and they rarely threatened to mount a fightback.
The closest they came was a Marcus Bent shot from Dennis Rommedahl´s cross that was bravely blocked by Forest defender Ian Breckin.
Forest, who last reached the FA Cup final in 1991 when they lost to Tottenham, could even had piled on further misery for Charlton in the closing stages as they launched a series of incisive counter-attacks.
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