Charlton remain in relegation danger after crumbling against Blackburn Rovers at The Valley.

Rudy Gestede gave the visitors the lead and, after Marvin Sordell missed a penalty, the hosts were punished when Michael Keane made it 2-0.

Sordell pulled a goal back but Tom Cairney's effort quelled any fightback and maintained Blackburn's slim hopes of a play-off place.

Defeat leaves Charlton two points above the bottom three with a game in hand.

Jose Riga's side now host Watford on Tuesday knowing that victory will ensure they avoid any final-day drama.

However, anything else will mean next Saturday's trip to Blackpool will be a nervy encounter.

Marvin Sordell misses a penalty with Charlton 1-0 down

Marvin Sordell misses a penalty for Charlton

Blackburn are likely to endure a fraught afternoon, too. They must win at Wigan while making up a six-goal turnaround on the sixth-placed Latics and hope Brighton lose at Nottingham Forest.

Gary Bowyer's side will go into that game in good form.

Gestede's header from Joshua King's cross set the benchmark for a powerful performance, with King coming close to doubling the lead after Callum Harriott was caught in possession.

However, Sordell should have hauled Charlton level after winning a spot-kick just before the break, only for Paul Robinson to make a fine save.

The forward beat the former England goalkeeper with a curling shot from the edge of the box early in the second half but, by then, Blackburn had already scored their second when Keane rose to meet Craig Conway's free-kick

The victory was secured just after the hour when Cairney then restored Rovers' two-goal advantage after Jordan Rhodes's shot was blocked on the line by Dorian Dervite.

Charlton manager Jose Riga:

"I hope we will do the job in the next game and not wait for the next one, but the most important thing in our situation is to do what we have to do.

"I know my team now. What gives me confidence is what they have done in the past."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"It was the second to last game of last season that we stayed up. A year later we have half a chance of the play-offs, so we have made a bit of progress.

"A hell of a lot of hard work has gone into it and we have got to make sure we continue that.

"Then we have an important summer because the club as a whole has quite a bit to do still."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Charlton Athletic

  • 01 Hamer
  • 20 Solly
  • 36 Fox Booked
  • 39 Poyet
  • 05 Morrison
  • 06 Dervite
  • 11 Harriott (Ghoochanneijhad - 57' )
  • 24 Cousins
  • 10 Sordell
  • 04 Jackson (Petrucci - 82' )
  • 42 Ajdarevic (Church - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Ghoochanneijhad
  • 09 Church
  • 12 Obika
  • 15 Wood
  • 18 Petrucci
  • 21 Thuram-Ulien
  • 23 Wilson

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 16 Keane
  • 14 Olsson
  • 45 Cairney
  • 05 Hanley
  • 04 Kilgallon
  • 07 King (Feeney - 74' )
  • 29 Evans
  • 11 Rhodes (Williamson - 85' )
  • 39 Gestede
  • 32 Conway (Taylor - 92' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Kane
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 15 Varney
  • 17 Williamson
  • 19 Taylor
  • 22 Feeney
  • 30 Rittenberg
Ref: Michael Naylor
Att: 15,718

Match Stats

Shots

17 22

On target

3 8

Corners

4 7

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Charlton Athletic 1, Blackburn Rovers 3.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 1, Blackburn Rovers 3.

90:00 +2:48

Attempt missed. Davide Petrucci (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Cousins.

90:00 +1:49

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dorian Dervite.

90:00 +1:47

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

90:00 +1:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Craig Conway.

90:00 +0:54

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

89:59

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

88:43

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Church with a headed pass.

88:03

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Michael Keane.

87:20

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:20

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic).

86:23

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

84:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Jordan Rhodes.

84:09

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

84:09

Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).

83:40

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Morgan Fox.

81:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Davide Petrucci replaces Johnnie Jackson.

81:26

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:26

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic).

79:33

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

79:33

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

79:20

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

78:39

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

77:03

Attempt blocked. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

73:42

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

73:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Joshua King.

72:28

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

72:28

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

69:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Simon Church replaces Astrit Ajdarevic.

69:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:05

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

68:04

Delay in match Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

66:52

Attempt saved. Morgan Fox (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Astrit Ajdarevic.

65:35

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

65:13

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Chris Solly.

65:02

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Markus Olsson.

64:12

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Astrit Ajdarevic with a headed pass.

63:06 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Charlton Athletic 1, Blackburn Rovers 3. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

62:58

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

62:01

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

61:12

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Conway.

58:54

Attempt blocked. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

57:29

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joshua King.

56:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Reza Ghoochanneijhad replaces Callum Harriott.

56:25

Attempt missed. Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diego Poyet.

53:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Charlton Athletic 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Morgan Fox.

52:51

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

50:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Charlton Athletic 0, Blackburn Rovers 2. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

49:39

Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).

49:39

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:44

Attempt saved. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

46:03

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

46:03

Morgan Fox (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Charlton Athletic 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

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

45:00 +1:30

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Joshua King.

45:00 +0:40

Attempt saved. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

45:00 +0:19

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dorian Dervite.

43:45

Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

41:53

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Matthew Kilgallon.

41:50

Attempt blocked. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Hamer.

40:18

Attempt missed. Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Morgan Fox.

40:00

Penalty saved! Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

38:54

Penalty Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell draws a foul in the penalty area.

38:54

Penalty conceded by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) after a foul in the penalty area.

36:58 Booking

Booking Morgan Fox (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

36:48

Foul by Morgan Fox (Charlton Athletic).

36:48

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:11

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Joshua King.

33:28

Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Corry Evans.

32:27

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

32:27

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

28:58

Attempt missed. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson with a headed pass.

25:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Charlton Athletic 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joshua King with a cross.

24:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:16

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

22:43

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rudy Gestede.

21:44

Attempt missed. Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson with a cross following a corner.

21:06

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Michael Keane.

18:18

Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:18

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

16:30

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

15:40

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

15:40

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

15:18

Attempt missed. Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

14:48

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

14:09

Hand ball by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

12:02

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

12:02

Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:55

Attempt blocked. Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

10:50

Attempt blocked. Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Poyet with a cross.

7:28

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dorian Dervite.

6:53

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

6:53

Foul by Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic).

0:49

Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:49

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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