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Charlton Athletic 2-0 Doncaster Rovers

Charlton's Dale Stephen's celebrates the opening goal against Doncaster

Charlton took full advantage of their second chance against Doncaster as goals from Dale Stephens and Simon Church gave them victory at The Valley.

The original game in August was abandoned at half-time because of heavy rain, with Rovers leading 3-1.

Stephens opened the scoring this time with a spectacular volley before Church slid home to seal the victory.

The Addicks, who climb to 17th, also hit the woodwork twice while Doncaster failed to test home keeper Ben Alnwick.

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Post-match: Doncaster boss Dickov

The win was only Charlton's second at home this season but they dominated throughout despite being forced into a late change.

Goalkeeper Ben Hamer was injured in the warm-up, so Alnwick came in for what turned out to be a quiet debut.

The home side's first chance came after just two minutes when Church should have given them the lead, before Yann Kermorgant scuffed a shot against the post.

Johnnie Jackson then forced Ross Turnbull into a stunning save before the Doncaster keeper was finally beaten by Stephens.

The visitors' only real chance fell to on-loan Manchester United striker Federico Macheda, who blazed a shot over the crossbar.

Turnbull saved well from Lawrie Wilson but could do nothing when Church was sent clean through by Jackson and slid the ball home.

Cameron Stewart went close to adding a third, striking the crossbar with a 25-yard shot.

Doncaster slip to 20th as a result, but are five points clear of the relegation zone.

Charlton manager Chris Powell said: "It was a deserved win, a brave, committed performance under some pressure.

"We knew it was our game in hand and we all knew what happened in the abandoned game - so we needed to make the most of it. We didn't perform in that game but that was a watershed moment, if you pardon the pun."

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov added: "We had six players missing from the abandoned game but take nothing away from Charlton, they looked half a yard sharper than us.

"It grated at the time maybe but I can't let it go now. I'm not going to make excuses, we should have done better than we did.

"We didn't match their desire and Charlton wanted it more than us."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 12Alnwick
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 24Cousins
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 32StewartSubstituted forGreenat 90+2'minutes
  • 8Stephens
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forSordellat 81'minutes
  • 4JacksonBooked at 75minsSubstituted forHughesat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hughes
  • 3Evina
  • 7Green
  • 10Sordell
  • 11Harriott
  • 15Wood
  • 35Pigott

Doncaster

  • 1Turnbull
  • 2Quinn
  • 32Wabara
  • 21De Val FernandezSubstituted forPetersonat 76'minutes
  • 14Khumalo
  • 12McCullough
  • 26Coppinger
  • 19WellensBooked at 9mins
  • 8PaynterSubstituted forRobinsonat 68'minutes
  • 10Macheda
  • 7Duffy

Substitutes

  • 11Cotterill
  • 13Maxted
  • 15Wakefield
  • 17Woods
  • 22Robinson
  • 23Bennett
  • 30Peterson
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,140

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Foul by Alex Peterson (Doncaster Rovers).

Andy Hughes (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell tries a through ball, but Danny Green is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Danny Green replaces Cameron Stewart.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Andy Hughes replaces Johnnie Jackson.

Attempt missed. Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

Hand ball by Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell replaces Simon Church.

Attempt blocked. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Mark Duffy tries a through ball, but Alex Peterson is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alex Peterson replaces Marc.

Booking

Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) because of an injury.

Foul by Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers).

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

Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson replaces Billy Paynter.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Ross Turnbull.

Attempt saved. Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Rhoys Wiggins.

Marc (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Morrison following a corner.

Foul by Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers).

Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 2, Doncaster Rovers 0. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cameron Stewart.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by James Coppinger.

Attempt saved. Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

Attempt blocked. Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dale Stephens.

Second Half

Second Half begins Charlton Athletic 1, Doncaster Rovers 0.

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