Birmingham City 0-1 Charlton Athletic

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.

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."

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Post-match: Charlton boss Powell

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."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley1410311733
2Leicester1410221132
3QPR14941931
4Blackpool14761627
5Reading14653523
6Nottm Forest14653523
7Watford14644722
8Leeds14626220
9Blackburn14545419
10Wigan13544419
11Derby14545319
12Brighton14464118
13Ipswich14455217
14Huddersfield14455217
15Bournemouth14527-917
16Middlesbrough14365115
17Charlton13355-414
18Millwall14356-1114
19Bolton14275-713
20Doncaster13337-1112
21Sheff Wed13184-311
22Birmingham14329-711
23Barnsley14248-1510
24Yeovil14239-129
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