Johnnie Jackson's strike saw Charlton beat second-placed Sheffield United and move seven points clear at the top of League One.

Jackson fired the Addicks ahead midway through the first half with a direct free-kick, after Danny Hollands was brought down by Neil Collins.

Charlton were reduced to 10 men late on after Darel Russell was dismissed for a foul on Kevin McDonald.

Blades striker James Beattie was also shown a red card for violent conduct.

His dismissal came after he was involved in the melee following Russell's sending-off.

United had earlier a goal ruled out when Richard Cresswell was adjudged to have fouled goalkeeper Ben Hamer.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Charlton manager Chris Powell told BBC London 94.9:

"We were playing good opposition - good players under a good manager - but my team really dug in today and were really professional.

"In the end it was won by a set piece and it was an outstanding free-kick by Johnnie Jackson.

"Today was a tight affair. Both keepers made good saves, some heroic defending at both ends so it is always going to take a moment of quality to really win you the game and that happened for us today."

Sheffield United manager Danny Wilson told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"I thought for large parts of that game we were very much the aggressors. I think they have been very fortunate.

"We've not really had the bounce of the ball at times, particularly in the box. I just felt, particularly in the second half, we were outstanding.

"Some of our football was exquisite at times and I feel for the lads and the fans because there was a result there for us."

Lineup, Bookings (10) & Substitutions (5)

Charlton Athletic

  • 01 Hamer Booked
  • 05 Morrison
  • 06 Taylor
  • 16 Wiggins Booked
  • 20 Solly
  • 04 Jackson
  • 07 Green (Russell - 77' Dismissed )
  • 18 Pritchard Booked
  • 22 Hollands
  • 10 Wright-Phillips (Haynes - 87' )
  • 36 Kermorgant Booked

Substitutes

  • 13 Sullivan
  • 28 Cort
  • 37 Russell
  • 14 Haynes
  • 40 Clarke

Sheffield United

  • 01 Simonsen
  • 02 Lowton
  • 03 Lescinel (Williams - 76' Booked )
  • 15 Collins
  • 19 Maguire
  • 08 Doyle Booked
  • 14 Williamson (Porter - 88' )
  • 27 McDonald Booked
  • 28 Quinn
  • 09 Evans Booked
  • 17 Cresswell (Beattie - 76' Dismissed )

Substitutes

  • 25 Long
  • 30 Williams
  • 04 Montgomery
  • 10 Beattie
  • 21 Porter
Ref: Deadman
Att: 20,992

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

4 1

Corners

3 8

Fouls

13 14

Live Text Commentary

95:10 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:17

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stephen Quinn, Header from deep inside the area by Chris Porter goes over the bar.

90:00 +0:29

Marcus Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Haynes. Johnnie Jackson shoots direct from the free kick.

90:00 +0:29 Booking

Booking Marcus Williams is shown a yellow card.

88:35

The assistant referee signals for offside against Yann Kermorgant. Harry Maguire takes the direct free kick.

88:02

Bradley Pritchard fouled by Ched Evans, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Hamer restarts play with the free kick.

87:50

Harry Maguire fouled by Yann Kermorgant, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin McDonald.

87:21 Substitution

Substitution Chris Porter replaces Lee Williamson.

86:44 Substitution

Substitution (Charlton) makes a substitution, with Danny Haynes coming on for Bradley Wright-Phillips.

85:59 Booking

Booking Ched Evans receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

85:54

Darel Russell concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin McDonald. Steve Simonsen takes the free kick.

85:54 Booking

Booking Yann Kermorgant receives a yellow card.

85:20 Dismissal

Dismissal James Beattie is shown a red card for violent conduct.

84:09 Dismissal

Dismissal Darel Russell dismissed for professional foul.

80:24

Foul by Kevin McDonald on Darel Russell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Morrison.

80:24 Booking

Booking Booking for Kevin McDonald for unsporting behaviour.

79:18

Darel Russell fouled by Michael Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Morrison takes the free kick.

79:18 Booking

Booking Michael Doyle goes into the book.

78:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Doyle by Rhoys Wiggins. Free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

76:19 Substitution

Substitution Darel Russell replaces Danny Green.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Richard Cresswell leaves the field to be replaced by James Beattie.

75:35 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Williams joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lecsinel Jean-Francois.

74:20

Effort from outside the box by Harry Maguire goes wide right of the target.

71:58

Header from close in by Richard Cresswell misses to the left of the target.

70:40

Foul by Bradley Wright-Phillips on Harry Maguire, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Harry Maguire.

67:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Pritchard on Kevin McDonald. Michael Doyle takes the direct free kick.

64:49

Corner taken right-footed by Lee Williamson, Effort on goal by Ched Evans from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

64:19

Outswinging corner taken by Lee Williamson from the right by-line, Michael Morrison manages to make a clearance.

62:01

Danny Green takes a shot. Blocked by Lecsinel Jean-Francois. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Johnnie Jackson from the left by-line.

61:46 Booking

Booking Ben Hamer goes into the referee's book.

61:12

Bradley Wright-Phillips fouled by Neill Collins, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Hamer restarts play with the free kick.

59:26

Danny Green gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Quinn. Stephen Quinn takes the direct free kick.

59:26 Booking

Booking Bradley Pritchard booked.

57:47

Unfair challenge on Richard Cresswell by Danny Hollands results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Harry Maguire.

55:03

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins on Lee Williamson, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Steve Simonsen.

52:56

Kevin McDonald challenges Danny Hollands unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Hamer takes the free kick.

51:53

Bradley Pritchard produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

51:23

Corner taken by Johnnie Jackson from the right by-line.

51:11

Danny Green takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.

50:06

Danny Green takes a shot. Save by Steve Simonsen.

49:52

Foul by Lee Williamson on Rhoys Wiggins, free kick awarded. Rhoys Wiggins restarts play with the free kick.

47:47

Foul by Danny Green on Lecsinel Jean-Francois, free kick awarded. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

45:34

Chris Solly concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Cresswell. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Quinn from left channel, Ben Hamer makes a save.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:39 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:49

Foul by Danny Hollands on Kevin McDonald, free kick awarded. Lee Williamson takes the free kick.

42:57

Lee Williamson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Harry Maguire goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

42:31

Bradley Wright-Phillips challenges Matthew Lowton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Lowton.

40:53

Unfair challenge on Bradley Pritchard by Michael Doyle results in a free kick. Chris Solly takes the free kick.

39:43

Corner taken by Lee Williamson from the left by-line to the near post, Foul by Richard Cresswell on Ben Hamer, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ben Hamer.

37:43

Stephen Quinn produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

36:32

Shot on goal by Yann Kermorgant from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

35:35

Corner taken by Johnnie Jackson from the right by-line to the near post.

32:30

The assistant referee flags for offside against Stephen Quinn. Ben Hamer takes the indirect free kick.

25:55

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Stephen Quinn, Danny Hollands makes a clearance.

24:57

Ched Evans fouled by Rhoys Wiggins, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Lee Williamson from the free kick, save by Ben Hamer.

24:57 Booking

Booking Caution for Rhoys Wiggins.

23:50

Foul by Neill Collins on Bradley Pritchard, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Rhoys Wiggins.

23:11

The referee blows for offside against Bradley Wright-Phillips. Steve Simonsen restarts play with the free kick.

20:06

Danny Hollands provided the assist for the goal.

20:06 Goal scored

Goal! - Johnnie Jackson - Charlton 1 - 0 Sheff Utd Johnnie Jackson finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Charlton 1-0 Sheff Utd.

19:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neill Collins on Danny Hollands.

11:04

Effort from outside the penalty box by Michael Doyle goes wide left of the target.

10:03

Corner taken by Lee Williamson from the left by-line to the near post, save by Ben Hamer.

6:50

Lee Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Hollands. Ben Hamer takes the direct free kick.

4:58

Michael Doyle challenges Yann Kermorgant unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Green crosses the ball in from the free kick.

4:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rhoys Wiggins by Richard Cresswell. Ben Hamer takes the free kick.

2:18

Lee Williamson takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Kevin McDonald produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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