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Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Charlton Athletic

Simon Church

Simon Church's volley earned Charlton their first away win in the Championship as they beat Blackburn.

The Wales international scored the winner against Macedonia last Friday and made the difference as the Addicks avoided making their worst start to a campaign in more than seven years.

Charlton goalkeeper Ben Hamer saved a Jordan Rhodes effort while Leon Best and Jason Lowe wasted chances.

But Rovers were condemned to a second straight loss.

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Post-match: Charlton boss Powell

Charlton's second consecutive win at Ewood Park, and a first victory in seven attempts, moves them two points clear of the bottom three.

The visitors had scored only once in their previous four games prior to this match and ended that run when Dale Stephens's chipped pass found Church, who controlled with his chest before slotting past Jake Kean with a controlled side-foot volley.

Charlton were indebted to Hamer when he produced a brilliant fingertip save to deny Rhodes' volley, which was heading for the top corner.

Gary Bowyer's Blackburn side began to apply more pressure as the half wore on. Having scored 10 goals in five home games before Saturday, they thought they had an 11th on the hour.

Tom Cairney's corner was cleared as far as Lowe, who controlled before unleashing a brilliant volley that deflected just wide of the right post with Hamer scrambling.

But Church could - and maybe should - have had a second moments later when the forward met Bradley Pritchard's drilled cross but his bullet header went straight into the grateful arms of Jake Kean.

Blackburn pegged the visitors back but, despite six minutes of stoppage-time ensuring a tense finish, the visitors held on.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We've seen the goal again. I'm not sure on which part of the arm it hits him but it's quite clear it's handball.

"Credit has to go to Charlton for the amount of bodies they got behind the ball but it's up to us to be a little bit cuter.

"There was plenty of endeavour and workmanlike performances but we needed more care in the final third."

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

"Goalscorers and strikers want to be out there and I just felt [Cox] would add that for us. I'm really pleased for him.

"We've analysed all the games and felt we needed to get back to basics a little bit because you can't just go out there and think you're going to win any game. You have to earn the right.

"It won't always be easy on the eye, even though at times it was from both teams. You have to change accordingly and we certainly did that towards the end of the game."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 34Kean
  • 2KaneBooked at 90mins
  • 3Spurr
  • 6Lowe
  • 16DannBooked at 51mins
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forCampbellat 84'minutes
  • 45Cairney
  • 9BestSubstituted forWilliamsonat 66'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 7KingSubstituted forJudgeat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Campbell
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 21Marrow
  • 24Morris
  • 25Judge

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 24Cousins
  • 5Morrison
  • 15Wood
  • 14Pritchard
  • 8Stephens
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forJacksonat 82'minutes
  • 10SordellSubstituted forKermorgantat 66'minutes
  • 32StewartSubstituted forEvinaat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Evina
  • 4Jackson
  • 6Dervite
  • 7Green
  • 12Alnwick
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 27Gower
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
13,915

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Scott Dann tries a through ball, but DJ Campbell is caught offside.

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Bradley Pritchard.

Booking

Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

Cedric Evina (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. DJ Campbell replaces Ben Marshall.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Johnnie Jackson replaces Simon Church.

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Attempt blocked. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Pritchard.

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

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Alan Judge replaces Joshua King.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Cedric Evina replaces Cameron Stewart.

Attempt missed. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lawrie Wilson.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) header from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Lawrie Wilson.

Attempt blocked. Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rhoys Wiggins.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Yann Kermorgant replaces Marvin Sordell.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Leon Best.

Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt saved. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bradley Pritchard with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

Attempt saved. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley129212271529
2QPR118301441027
3Leicester128221912726
4Nottm Forest126512012823
5Blackpool12651149523
6Reading126421911822
7Watford1263324141021
8Derby125342420418
9Bournemouth125251925-617
10Blackburn124351714315
11Ipswich124351816215
12Wigan104241411314
13Huddersfield123541412214
14Brighton123541112-114
15Leeds114251013-314
16Middlesbrough122641921-212
17Doncaster113351116-512
18Millwall123361425-1112
19Birmingham113171315-210
20Charlton11245914-510
21Bolton121651019-99
22Barnsley122281429-158
23Sheff Wed110741117-67
24Yeovil12138618-126
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