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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.

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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Alex Peterson (Doncaster Rovers).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Danny Green replaces Cameron Stewart.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Andy Hughes replaces Johnnie Jackson.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Reece Wabara (Doncaster Rovers).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell replaces Simon Church.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Alex Peterson replaces Marc.

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley16105128111735
2Leicester16112326161035
3QPR1610511881035
4Blackpool167722015528
5Nottm Forest167632417727
6Leeds168262419526
7Derby167453023725
8Reading166732318525
9Brighton166641914524
10Watford166552721623
11Wigan156451713422
12Ipswich165562422220
13Huddersfield165562120120
14Blackburn165562019120
15Bolton164751721-419
16Bournemouth165382131-1018
17Charlton164571419-517
18Millwall164571931-1217
19Middlesbrough163762626016
20Doncaster164481426-1216
21Birmingham164391823-515
22Sheff Wed151861825-711
23Barnsley162591632-1611
24Yeovil1623111024-149
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