Dale Stephens scored the only goal as Charlton extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to five games.

Charlton keeper Ben Hamer denied Birmingham striker Lee Novak in the only real action of the first half with his low save from a powerful effort.

Tight defence

Charlton have kept four consecutive clean sheets, with Andy Reid's opener for Nottingham Forest in the 1-1 draw at the Valley on 1 October the last goal they conceded

Stephens scored the winner after the break when he fired into an open goal at close range after Bradley Pritchard nudged the ball his way.

Lee Clark's Birmingham have now gone four games without a league win.

Their dismal run leaves them in the Championship relegation zone while the win for Charlton, who scored just their 10th league goal of the season, lifts them clear of the bottom three.

Birmingham struggled to break down Charlton's resolute defence in the early stages before Hamer's save from Novak.

Stephens squandered a chance before the break when his tame effort was easily saved by Birmingham goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

But he made no mistake after the break when Randolph parried a Cameron Stewart effort before Pritchard set up the match-winner in the 57th minute.

Birmingham City assistant manager Terry McDermott:

"No-one is happy with the position we are in at the moment in the bottom three. I would like to think that it will not last long because we have too many good players in the side.

"We are all devastated with the result especially after some good performances in our recent games. We thought we had turned the corner but we simply didn't perform on the day against Charlton. Our decision making was very poor."

Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell:

"I'm really pleased with the performance of the players. It was a crucial game but we warranted the three points. If you keep out the opposition you will get your chances. My only gripe was that it was only 1-0 and I felt 2-0 or 3-0 would have been right. All the players are doing their job and they fully deserved their win.

"I've given the players confidence to go out and play. They have given each other confidence and a platform and some are playing really well."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (3)

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis
  • 04 Robinson
  • 17 Reilly
  • 05 Bartley
  • 06 Burn
  • 33 Gray (Ferguson - 62' )
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 19 Zigic
  • 12 Novak (Løvenkrands - 62' )
  • 07 Burke

Substitutes

  • 08 Mullins
  • 11 Løvenkrands
  • 13 Doyle
  • 20 Lee
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 27 Ferguson
  • 29 Brown

Charlton Athletic

  • 01 Hamer
  • 23 Wilson
  • 16 Wiggins
  • 24 Cousins
  • 05 Morrison
  • 06 Dervite
  • 04 Jackson (Cook - 91' )
  • 08 Stephens
  • 09 Church
  • 14 Pritchard
  • 32 Stewart

Substitutes

  • 02 Hughes
  • 03 Evina
  • 10 Sordell
  • 11 Harriott
  • 12 Alnwick
  • 17 Cook
  • 31 Lennon
Ref: Scott Mathieson
Att: 14,070

Match Stats

Shots

5 14

On target

2 7

Corners

2 2

Fouls

8 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

90:00 +3:26 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

90:00 +1:56

Foul by Jordan Cook (Charlton Athletic).

90:00 +1:56

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Jordan Cook replaces Johnnie Jackson.

89:35

Attempt missed. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kyle Bartley.

85:41

Hand ball by Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City).

79:42

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

77:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

76:35

Delay in match Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

73:03

Attempt saved. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cameron Stewart.

69:11

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:11

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

68:05

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

65:20

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

61:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Lee Novak.

61:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Shane Ferguson replaces Demarai Gray.

61:04

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

58:45

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

58:45

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Birmingham City 0, Charlton Athletic 1. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

55:55

Attempt saved. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

55:41

Attempt saved. Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

53:17

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Ben Hamer tries a through ball, but Johnnie Jackson is caught offside.

51:33

Foul by Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic).

51:33

Lee Novak (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:25

Attempt blocked. Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson.

49:56

Foul by Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic).

49:56

Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:38

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Nikola Zigic is caught offside.

48:52

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

48:52

Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Birmingham City 0, Charlton Athletic 0.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Charlton Athletic 0.

44:14

Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:14

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).

41:38

Attempt saved. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

39:44

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

38:16

Foul by Lee Novak (Birmingham City).

38:16

Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

36:01

Attempt missed. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Church following a fast break.

33:05

Chris Burke (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:05

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

25:52

Attempt missed. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

24:40

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

24:40

Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:23

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Jordan Cousins tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

21:28

Attempt missed. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson with a cross.

20:23

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

20:23

Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:34

Attempt missed. Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Chris Burke.

18:48

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Lawrie Wilson tries a through ball, but Johnnie Jackson is caught offside.

16:29

Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:29

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

15:17

Foul by Dan Burn (Birmingham City).

15:17

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

14:38

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

13:14

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Kyle Bartley.

10:48

Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

10:48

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

3:55

Attempt blocked. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:44

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

1:09

Attempt saved. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Stewart with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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