Tommy Smith's early header gave Ipswich back-to-back away victories as they beat struggling Charlton at The Valley.

The defender converted Aaron Cresswell's corner for the only goal in a game that showed why both teams have struggled for consistency this season.

Charlton's best opportunity fell to Rhoys Wiggins, whose shot was palmed on to a post by Dean Gerken.

Unhappy Addicks

Charlton have now won only three of their last 13 matches

Tempers boiled over in injury time as Addicks pair Michael Morrison and Frank Nouble were booked for a confrontation.

It is a result that sees Ipswich climb to 11th in the Championship, while Charlton sit two places above the relegation zone in 20th.

Town started at an electric pace and home goalkeeper Ben Alnwick was forced to save well from a Smith header before making an even better double stop to deny Darryl Murphy and Christophe Berra.

But he was eventually beaten when Charlton failed to deal with a corner and Smith headed home from Cresswell's delivery.

The hosts pressed for an equaliser and Dale Stephens headed just wide, while Simon Church was denied at the back post by Cole Skuse and Wiggins' shot was pushed on to the woodwork by Gerken.

Danny Green, Joe Pigott and Marvin Sordell were all introduced in the hope of finding a breakthrough, but Ipswich stood firm as Charlton squandered countless promising positions.

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

"We haven't scored enough, that is in black and white. We don't concede too many for a side in the bottom half, but goals win games.

"You need to score, even if you just nick one that can be enough. You have to take the chances that come your way, then it gives you something to build on or hang on to.

"I won't use playing Tuesday against Doncaster as an excuse, the players are fit enough to play Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We've played better than that away and lost games. The three points is the biggest plus, then winning away and then the clean sheet.

"This league will be tight until the end. Look at Doncaster losing to Charlton in midweek and then beating QPR today.

"It will be 50-odd points to stay up again and anyone of us can beat anyone else. That is what makes it such a tough evil league to play in."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Charlton Athletic

  • 12 Alnwick
  • 23 Wilson (Sordell - 86' )
  • 16 Wiggins
  • 24 Cousins
  • 05 Morrison Booked
  • 06 Dervite
  • 32 Stewart
  • 08 Stephens
  • 09 Church (Pigott - 69' )
  • 18 Kermorgant
  • 04 Jackson (Green - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hughes
  • 03 Evina
  • 07 Green
  • 10 Sordell
  • 15 Wood
  • 30 Pope
  • 35 Pigott

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 11 Anderson (Edwards - 73' )
  • 16 Tunnicliffe
  • 10 McGoldrick
  • 09 Murphy (Nouble - 73' Booked )
  • 18 Tabb Booked (Hunt - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 07 Edwards
  • 12 Hunt
  • 14 Wordsworth
  • 15 Mings
  • 17 Graham
  • 35 Nouble
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 16,645

Match Stats

Shots

11 15

On target

4 6

Corners

5 6

Fouls

5 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Ipswich Town 1.

90:00 +5:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Ipswich Town 1.

90:00 +3:59 Booking

Booking Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:34 Booking

Booking Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:51

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

90:00 +1:51

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

90:00 +0:44

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

90:00 +0:44

Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

88:59

Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).

88:59

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:10

Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

85:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell replaces Lawrie Wilson.

85:20

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

83:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Stephen Hunt replaces Jay Tabb.

83:27

Foul by Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic).

83:27

Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:35

Delay in match Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

77:02

Hand ball by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).

76:07

Foul by Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic).

76:07

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:42

Attempt blocked. Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

72:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Carlos Edwards replaces Paul Anderson.

72:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Daryl Murphy.

70:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

70:15

Delay in match Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

70:09 Booking

Booking Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:40

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

69:40

Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).

69:08

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

68:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Danny Green replaces Johnnie Jackson.

68:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Joe Pigott replaces Simon Church.

66:14

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

61:52

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Anderson.

59:20

Attempt saved. Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson with a cross.

59:02

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

58:20

Attempt blocked. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rhoys Wiggins with a cross.

54:21

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell.

51:32

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

51:32

Foul by Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town).

46:26

Attempt saved. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Church with a headed pass.

45:00

Second Half begins Charlton Athletic 0, Ipswich Town 1.

45:00 +1:45 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Ipswich Town 1.

45:00 +1:01

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Tunnicliffe.

44:26

Foul by Simon Church (Charlton Athletic).

44:26

Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:30

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Johnnie Jackson tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

40:59

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

38:21

Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.

37:43

Attempt blocked. Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass.

34:36

Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:36

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

33:20

Attempt saved. Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.

32:38

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

32:38

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

31:55

Offside, Ipswich Town. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.

31:19

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

29:44

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

29:28

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left.

27:31

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

26:53

Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

26:53

Foul by Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town).

24:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:24

Delay in match Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

23:21

Delay in match Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

18:10

Attempt missed. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Anderson.

17:31

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Ben Alnwick tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

16:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

16:05

Delay in match Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

13:51

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

9:30

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

9:30

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town).

8:46

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic).

8:46

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:43

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a cross following a corner.

5:56

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

4:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Charlton Athletic 0, Ipswich Town 1. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a corner.

4:20

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

3:23

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

2:01

Attempt missed. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

1:57

Attempt saved. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

1:49

Attempt saved. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Anderson with a cross.

1:28

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Ben Alnwick.

1:25

Attempt blocked. Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Anderson with a cross.

1:05

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

1:02

Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Anderson with a through ball.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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