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Charlton Athletic 0-1 Reading

Danny Williams scores the winner

Danny Williams' second-half goal bolstered Reading's play-off hopes and heightened Charlton's relegation woes.

The midfielder scored a 74th-minute winner to give Nigel Adkins' side a five-point cushion in sixth place despite having won just three in nine.

Williams' finish from 12 yards, after Danny Guthrie burst from midfield, was the least the visitors deserved.

It was a bad day for Charlton, though, with defeat leaving them just two points off the bottom three.

Granted, Jose Riga's side have two games in hand on the bottom two and one on 18th-placed Barnsley but their inconsistency continues to be a concern. They have won three and lost three of their last six.

Reading, though, are in better shape. Adkins's side have now taken 16 points from 18 on the road since the beginning of February and were always in control of this game.

After a dreary first half, in which the only moments of note were when Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins shot tamely at Alex McCarthy and Ben Hamer was forced to push away Chris Gunter's cross, the visitors took command.

Williams, Royston Drenthe and Adam Le Fondre all spurned opportunities after the break and Guthrie's fierce free kick was saved splendidly by Hamer.

Reading's pressure deservedly yielded a goal in the 74th minute, though. Guthrie burst from midfield and perfectly delayed his ball to Williams, who rifled the ball into the top-left corner.

Nigel Adkins, Reading manager:

"We'll just focus on the six games left. You can see there's a spirit and a confidence about the players.

"We only lost one game in March so it's not like we've been losing games but there's been too many draws.

"If you give bad goals away like we have done, you won't win games of football - I think that's the top and bottom of it."

Jose Riga, Charlton manager:

"Before the game it was not an easy mission but we did it well - certainly for an hour. I think we had control of the game.

"We didn't really see the difference between a team busy with the play-offs and one busy with relegation.

"I'm sure the players have done what they have to do, but one mistake and you're punished."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16WigginsBooked at 39mins
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forPetrucciat 66'minutes
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 24CousinsSubstituted forObikaat 82'minutes
  • 39Poyet
  • 9Church
  • 42AjdarevicSubstituted forGhoochanneijhadat 58'minutes
  • 11HarriottBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 8Ghoochanneijhad
  • 10Sordell
  • 12Obika
  • 13Phillips
  • 15Wood
  • 18Petrucci
  • 36Fox

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 74mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forMcClearyat 64'minutes
  • 20Guthrie
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 77'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Morrison
  • 18Bridge
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
15,800

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Reading 1.

Foul by Davide Petrucci (Charlton Athletic).

Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jonathan Obika (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

Attempt missed. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Davide Petrucci (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Jonathan Obika replaces Jordan Cousins.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Booking

Daniel Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 0, Reading 1. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Guthrie following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Reza Ghoochanneijhad tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Danny Guthrie (Reading) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Davide Petrucci replaces Johnnie Jackson.

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Guthrie with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Garath McCleary (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Le Fondre.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Garath McCleary replaces Royston Drenthe.

Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

Attempt saved. Danny Guthrie (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic).

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Reza Ghoochanneijhad.

Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Reza Ghoochanneijhad replaces Astrit Ajdarevic.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4027853889
2Burnley40221443180
3QPR402010101470
4Derby40209112369
5Wigan401910111567
6Reading401712111563
7Nottm Forest40141610758
8Brighton40151312658
9Ipswich40151312558
10Bournemouth40161014-158
11Blackburn40141412156
12Watford391314121353
13Middlesbrough40121612752
14Sheff Wed40121216048
15Bolton40111514-448
16Leeds4013819-847
17Huddersfield40121018-546
18Birmingham40111019-843
19Doncaster40111019-2443
20Blackpool40101218-2242
21Charlton3891118-2138
22Barnsley3981219-2736
23Millwall4081220-3136
24Yeovil4081121-2435
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