Manchester United loanee Federico Macheda scored twice as Birmingham City beat Charlton to lift themselves nine points above the Addicks and the Championship relegation zone.

Macheda scored in each half, making it three goals in two games for Blues since he signed on loan at the end of January.

The Italian scored a close-range header before a calm second-half finish.

Charlton are without a league win since Boxing Day and are third from bottom.

Macheda, who came up through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, is in his sixth loan spell since 2011 after breaking into Manchester United's first team in 2009.

Prior to his arrival, the Blues had just one win from six Championship matches but four points from their last two matches has moved them away from relegation danger.

Charlton though are without a win in six Championship matches and are now two points adrift of safety.

Macheda headed Manchester City loanee Emyr Huws's free-kick into the net for the opener midway through the first half.

Goalkeeper Darren Randolph kept out a scissor-kick volley from home debutant Astrit Ajdarevic before pushing away Reza Ghoochannejhad's strike.

And the points were sealed when Tom Adeyemi caught the hosts on the break and Macheda was on hand to take a touch and calmly finish.

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

"We acquitted ourselves well with some good passages of play. We had good chances but their keeper did well.

"In the end it was not our day, we had opportunities to score. The chances were there but Birmingham scored at crucial times."

"We had to involve them (the new players) in everything we do. They have to get used to us and the way it is in the Championship if they want to add their qualities to the squad and get into the swing of things.

"We need results and we are not getting them I understand the need to push away from the bottom."

Birmingham manager Lee Clark:

"I lost five players on loan on New Year's Day and had to rebuild the squad.

"It took a while and we lost three league games which knocked the stuffing out of us.

"Luckily I was able to recruit new players and they have done very well for us.

"Federico showed a touch of quality to finish."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (4)

Charlton Athletic

  • 21 Thuram-Ulien
  • 23 Wilson
  • 03 Evina
  • 39 Poyet (Parzyszek - 87' )
  • 05 Morrison Booked
  • 15 Wood
  • 24 Cousins
  • 42 Ajdarevic
  • 08 Ghoochanneijhad Booked
  • 10 Sordell (Church - 73' )
  • 04 Jackson (Green - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Hughes
  • 07 Green
  • 09 Church
  • 13 Phillips
  • 25 Nego
  • 26 Parzyszek
  • 31 Lennon

Birmingham City

  • 01 Randolph
  • 31 Caddis
  • 04 Robinson Booked
  • 24 Adeyemi
  • 06 Martin
  • 14 Packwood
  • 07 Burke
  • 36 Huws Booked
  • 12 Novak
  • 09 Macheda Booked (Lovenkrands - 87' )
  • 20 Lee

Substitutes

  • 10 Howard
  • 11 Lovenkrands
  • 13 Doyle
  • 22 Shinnie
  • 29 Brown
  • 35 Rusnak
  • 37 Blackett
Ref: James Adcock
Att: 15,878

Match Stats

Shots

19 13

On target

7 4

Corners

4 3

Fouls

7 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Birmingham City 2.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Birmingham City 2.

90:00 +1:59

Attempt saved. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +0:44

Attempt missed. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Danny Green with a cross.

89:28

Attempt missed. Danny Green (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left from a direct free kick.

89:01 Booking

Booking Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:55

Danny Green (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:55

Foul by Paul Robinson (Birmingham City).

86:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Federico Macheda.

86:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Piotr Parzyszek replaces Diego Poyet.

84:54

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

84:54

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:14

Attempt missed. Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

83:00

Attempt blocked. Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Green with a cross.

82:41

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

82:19

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

79:22 Booking

Booking Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

78:45 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Charlton Athletic 0, Birmingham City 2. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Adeyemi with a through ball.

75:54

Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:54

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

75:30 Booking

Booking Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

75:16

Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

72:44

Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:44

Foul by Federico Macheda (Birmingham City).

72:20 Substitution

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

72:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Simon Church replaces Marvin Sordell.

71:01 Booking

Booking Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:50

Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:50

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

70:04

Attempt saved. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

69:05

Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:05

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

67:18

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Yohann Thuram.

67:10

Attempt saved. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

66:28

Attempt saved. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard Wood.

61:25

Attempt missed. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Cousins.

60:35

Foul by Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic).

60:35

Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:27

Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

57:31

Attempt missed. Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Lawrie Wilson with a cross following a set piece situation.

56:50

Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:50

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

55:16

Cedric Evina (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:16

Foul by Chris Burke (Birmingham City).

53:46

Attempt saved. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Richard Wood.

53:12

Offside, Birmingham City. Tom Adeyemi tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

49:03

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Lee.

48:41

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Johnnie Jackson tries a through ball, but Reza Ghoochanneijhad is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Charlton Athletic 0, Birmingham City 1.

45:00 +1:52 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Birmingham City 1.

45:00 +0:50 Booking

Booking Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:40

Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).

45:00 +0:40

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

43:32

Foul by Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic).

43:32

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

42:44

Offside, Birmingham City. Oliver Lee tries a through ball, but Federico Macheda is caught offside.

41:49

Attempt blocked. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yohann Thuram.

41:28

Attempt blocked. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:31

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

40:31

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

40:24

Attempt blocked. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cedric Evina.

39:46

Offside, Birmingham City. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Lee Novak is caught offside.

39:09

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:41

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

38:25

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

37:57

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

37:09

Attempt saved. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson with a cross.

34:58

Attempt blocked. Emyr Huws (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Robinson.

32:05

Attempt saved. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Astrit Ajdarevic.

29:59

Attempt blocked. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Astrit Ajdarevic.

29:35

Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:55

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

27:55

Foul by Oliver Lee (Birmingham City).

24:24

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Reza Ghoochanneijhad.

23:45

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

23:45

Foul by Emyr Huws (Birmingham City).

23:14

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Cedric Evina.

21:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Charlton Athletic 0, Birmingham City 1. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross following a set piece situation.

21:16

Foul by Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic).

21:16

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

15:18

Attempt missed. Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Caddis with a cross.

14:03

Attempt saved. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the bottom left corner.

13:31

Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:31

Foul by Aaron Martin (Birmingham City).

12:19

Attempt saved. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Wood with a headed pass.

11:37

Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:37

Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City).

10:23

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

9:13

Attempt missed. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Morrison.

6:40

Attempt missed. Lee Novak (Birmingham City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emyr Huws with a cross following a corner.

6:17

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Cedric Evina.

4:25

Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).

4:25

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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