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Charlton Athletic 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Charlton's Lawrie Wilson

Lawrie Wilson scored twice as Charlton beat in-form Brighton at The Valley, their first win in six games.

The Seagulls took the lead midway through the first half when Leonardo Ulloa swept in a low shot.

But Charlton hit back as defender Wilson first fired in from close range, before pouncing on a loose ball to make it 2-1 in the second half.

Yann Kermorgant added a third with a free-kick but Ulloa poked in late on to set up a tense finish.

Charlton, who started the day one place above the relegation zone, have struggled for form in front of their own fans this season, winning just two of their 10 games at The Valley prior to this Boxing Day fixture.

Brighton had lost just twice away from home and it was little surprise when the Seagulls took the lead.

Charlton failed to deal with a ball into the box and Ulloa swept the ball into the bottom corner when it fell to him unmarked inside the area.

The hosts should have been level minutes later when Cameron Stewart cut inside and hit a low shot just wide of goal, before Simon Church curled an effort wide.

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Their positive response to going behind was rewarded just as Wilson smashed the ball past goalkeeper Peter Brezovan after being slipped in by Kermorgant.

From then, Charlton were largely the better side, with Stewart particularly impressive. The on-loan Hull City winger caused plenty of trouble on the left flank with a couple of teasing crosses.

Stewart was involved when Charlton took the lead, combining with Rhoys Wiggins before the ball eventually ran through to Wilson in the middle of the area, who fired into the roof of the net.

That prompted Brighton to push further forward, Ashley Barnes heading over when unmarked, before Dale Stephens cleared Ulloa's effort off the line.

Stephens's intervention proved crucial as Kermorgant struck a fine free-kick into the top corner to make it 3-1. Though Ulloa poked in a late second for Brighton following a goalmouth scramble, Charlton held on.

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

"I'm really pleased for my group of players and especially our fans.

"I felt there was a real positive energy from the players and supporters. Even though we went behind and we were playing against a very good side, who tend to dominate possession.

"We kept or composure and deservedly got an equaliser and performed heroically. There were some big performances from my players."

Brighton assistant manager Nathan Jones:

"We had enough chances to have got something from the game. Charlton set up well took their chances, but sadly we didn't take ours.

"We got the first goal early, which was pleasing but then we didn't really go on from there, that is the most disappointing thing.

"It's one of those things. We have been excellent for the last 10 or 11 games, and we haven't conceded three since the Capital One Cup defeat to Newport [in August]."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 12Alnwick
  • 20Solly
  • 16Wiggins
  • 8Stephens
  • 5Morrison
  • 15Wood
  • 23WilsonSubstituted forPritchardat 90+4'minutes
  • 24Cousins
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forDerviteat 83'minutes
  • 32StewartSubstituted forEvinaat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Evina
  • 6Dervite
  • 7Green
  • 10Sordell
  • 14Pritchard
  • 17Cook
  • 30Pope

Brighton

  • 1Brezovan
  • 2BrunoBooked at 42minsSubstituted forCalderónat 45'minutes
  • 17Ward
  • 4AndrewsSubstituted forAgustienat 76'minutes
  • 6El-AbdBooked at 54mins
  • 20Upson
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 8Crofts
  • 19Ulloa
  • 30Buckley
  • 21D. LópezSubstituted forBarnesat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Dunk
  • 9Barnes
  • 10Agustien
  • 11Orlandi
  • 14Calderón
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 38Ince
Referee:
Mike Russell
Attendance:
17,404

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home4
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Bradley Pritchard replaces Lawrie Wilson.

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kemy Agustien with a cross.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Dorian Dervite replaces Simon Church.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Cedric Evina replaces Cameron Stewart.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

Attempt blocked. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Andrew Crofts.

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt blocked. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kemy Agustien replaces Keith Andrews.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt with a cross.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Cameron Stewart.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Cameron Stewart.

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

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keith Andrews (Brighton and Hove Albion).

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

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Bridcutt with a cross following a corner.

goal

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