Simon Church's volley earned Charlton their first away win in the Championship as they beat Blackburn.

The Wales international scored the winner against Macedonia last Friday and made the difference as the Addicks avoided making their worst start to a campaign in more than seven years.

Charlton goalkeeper Ben Hamer saved a Jordan Rhodes effort while Leon Best and Jason Lowe wasted chances.

But Rovers were condemned to a second straight loss.

Charlton's second consecutive win at Ewood Park, and a first victory in seven attempts, moves them two points clear of the bottom three.

The visitors had scored only once in their previous four games prior to this match and ended that run when Dale Stephens's chipped pass found Church, who controlled with his chest before slotting past Jake Kean with a controlled side-foot volley.

Charlton were indebted to Hamer when he produced a brilliant fingertip save to deny Rhodes' volley, which was heading for the top corner.

Gary Bowyer's Blackburn side began to apply more pressure as the half wore on. Having scored 10 goals in five home games before Saturday, they thought they had an 11th on the hour.

Tom Cairney's corner was cleared as far as Lowe, who controlled before unleashing a brilliant volley that deflected just wide of the right post with Hamer scrambling.

But Church could - and maybe should - have had a second moments later when the forward met Bradley Pritchard's drilled cross but his bullet header went straight into the grateful arms of Jake Kean.

Blackburn pegged the visitors back but, despite six minutes of stoppage-time ensuring a tense finish, the visitors held on.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We've seen the goal again. I'm not sure on which part of the arm it hits him but it's quite clear it's handball.

"Credit has to go to Charlton for the amount of bodies they got behind the ball but it's up to us to be a little bit cuter.

"There was plenty of endeavour and workmanlike performances but we needed more care in the final third."

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

"Goalscorers and strikers want to be out there and I just felt [Cox] would add that for us. I'm really pleased for him.

"We've analysed all the games and felt we needed to get back to basics a little bit because you can't just go out there and think you're going to win any game. You have to earn the right.

"It won't always be easy on the eye, even though at times it was from both teams. You have to change accordingly and we certainly did that towards the end of the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Blackburn Rovers

  • 34 Kean
  • 02 Kane Booked
  • 03 Spurr
  • 06 Lowe
  • 16 Dann Booked
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 12 Marshall (Campbell - 84' )
  • 45 Cairney
  • 09 Best (Williamson - 66' )
  • 11 Rhodes
  • 07 King (Judge - 77' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Campbell
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 17 Williamson
  • 19 Taylor
  • 21 Marrow
  • 24 Morris
  • 25 Judge

Charlton Athletic

  • 01 Hamer
  • 23 Wilson
  • 16 Wiggins
  • 24 Cousins
  • 05 Morrison
  • 15 Wood
  • 14 Pritchard
  • 08 Stephens
  • 09 Church (Jackson - 82' )
  • 10 Sordell (Kermorgant - 66' )
  • 32 Stewart (Evina - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Evina
  • 04 Jackson
  • 06 Dervite
  • 07 Green
  • 12 Alnwick
  • 18 Kermorgant
  • 27 Gower
Ref: Kevin Wright
Att: 13,915

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

2 3

Corners

5 2

Fouls

9 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

90:00 +7:39 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

90:00 +6:34

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but DJ Campbell is caught offside.

90:00 +5:40

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +5:40

Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:25

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

90:00 +3:08

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +3:08

Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:24

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bradley Pritchard.

90:00 +0:40 Booking

Booking Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:35

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +0:35

Cedric Evina (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +0:07

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:02

Delay in match Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

86:54

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

86:54

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. DJ Campbell replaces Ben Marshall.

81:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Johnnie Jackson replaces Simon Church.

80:49

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

80:49

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:17

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Dann.

77:44

Attempt blocked. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Pritchard.

76:34

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:34

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

76:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Alan Judge replaces Joshua King.

74:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Cedric Evina replaces Cameron Stewart.

73:37

Attempt missed. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lawrie Wilson.

71:24

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Lawrie Wilson.

69:15

Attempt blocked. Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

68:33

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

68:03

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

67:18

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rhoys Wiggins.

66:27

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

65:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Yann Kermorgant replaces Marvin Sordell.

65:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Leon Best.

62:22

Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

62:22

Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).

62:09

Attempt saved. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bradley Pritchard with a cross.

60:10

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

60:01

Attempt saved. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

59:06

Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:06

Foul by Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic).

58:44

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:44

Foul by Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic).

57:01

Foul by Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers).

57:01

Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:21

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:21

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).

55:47

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

54:04

Attempt blocked. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

50:08 Booking

Booking Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

50:03

Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:03

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

48:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

47:10

Delay in match Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

45:59

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Marshall with a cross following a corner.

45:32

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Bradley Pritchard.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackburn Rovers 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

43:43

Attempt blocked. Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King with a cross.

37:57

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

35:35

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).

35:35

Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:51

Foul by Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic).

34:51

Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:28

Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

33:28

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

29:47

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

29:41

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leon Best.

28:59

Attempt saved. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bradley Pritchard.

26:25

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:25

Foul by Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic).

24:23

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic).

24:23

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:13

Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

22:30

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua King with a cross.

19:46

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

19:46

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:24

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Scott Dann.

11:29

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

11:29

Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackburn Rovers 0, Charlton Athletic 1. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a through ball.

5:14

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Scott Dann.

5:13

Attempt blocked. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Stewart.

1:57

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

0:59

Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).

0:59

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:30

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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