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Charlton Athletic 0-1 Ipswich Town

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.

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.

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Post-match: Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy

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."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 12Alnwick
  • 23WilsonSubstituted forSordellat 86'minutes
  • 16Wiggins
  • 24Cousins
  • 5MorrisonBooked at 90mins
  • 6Dervite
  • 32Stewart
  • 8Stephens
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forPigottat 69'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forGreenat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hughes
  • 3Evina
  • 7Green
  • 10Sordell
  • 15Wood
  • 30Pope
  • 35Pigott

Ipswich

  • 22Gerken
  • 4Chambers
  • 3Cresswell
  • 8Skuse
  • 6Berra
  • 5Smith
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forEdwardsat 73'minutes
  • 16Tunnicliffe
  • 10McGoldrick
  • 9MurphySubstituted forNoubleat 73'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18TabbBooked at 71minsSubstituted forHuntat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Loach
  • 7Edwards
  • 12Hunt
  • 14Wordsworth
  • 15Mings
  • 17Graham
  • 35Nouble
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
16,645

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home5
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Ipswich Town 1.

Full Time

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

Booking

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

Booking

Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.
Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).
Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).
Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).
Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell replaces Lawrie Wilson.
Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Cole Skuse.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Stephen Hunt replaces Jay Tabb.
Foul by Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic).
Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.
Hand ball by David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town).
Foul by Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic).
Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Carlos Edwards replaces Paul Anderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble replaces Daryl Murphy.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

Booking

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town).
Attempt saved. Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Pigott.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Danny Green replaces Johnnie Jackson.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Joe Pigott replaces Simon Church.
Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.
Attempt saved. David McGoldrick (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Anderson.
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.
Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Dean Gerken.
Attempt blocked. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rhoys Wiggins with a cross.
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.
Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul Anderson (Ipswich Town).
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.

Second Half

Second Half begins Charlton Athletic 0, Ipswich Town 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Ipswich Town 1.
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.
Foul by Simon Church (Charlton Athletic).
Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Charlton Athletic. Johnnie Jackson tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.
Attempt blocked. Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David McGoldrick.
Attempt blocked. Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a headed pass.
Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).
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.
Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).
Offside, Ipswich Town. Tommy Smith tries a through ball, but David McGoldrick is caught offside.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.
Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Christophe Berra.
Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left.
Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Cole Skuse.
Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester1712231338
2Burnley1710521635
3QPR171052935
4Blackpool17872731
5Reading17773628
6Nottm Forest17764627
7Leeds17827426
8Derby16745725
9Brighton17674525
10Watford17656323
11Ipswich17656323
12Huddersfield17656223
13Blackburn17656223
14Wigan15645422
15Middlesbrough17476119
16Bolton17476-519
17Bournemouth17548-1019
18Doncaster17548-1119
19Birmingham17539-218
20Charlton17458-617
21Millwall17458-1517
22Yeovil173311-1112
23Sheff Wed16187-911
24Barnsley172510-1911
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