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Reading 1-0 Charlton Athletic

Reading v Charlton

Reading maintained their unbeaten home record in the Championship this season with a narrow win over Charlton.

The Royals went ahead early in the first half when Billy Sharp, making his full debut, drilled home a fine effort past Ben Alnwick.

They had to survive a few anxious moments in the closing stages as the visitors rallied.

But the Addicks could not find a goal and slipped to within two points of the drop zone.

Charlton offered little going forward and could have been further behind in the second half when Alnwick fumbled Pavel Pogrebnyak's 30-yard drive but the keeper recovered in time to block the onrushing Sharp.

Sharp, who signed on loan from Southampton in September, had already put the hosts in front with a crisp shot from 20 yards for his first goal for the club.

And his new side continued to dominate in the second half, almost doubling their lead soon after the restart when Garath McCleary's well-struck 20-yard attempt hit a post and went behind.

Reading lost control of the midfield with 20 minutes to go and were forced to backtrack as Charlton drove forward with purpose.

But they could not make their superiority count with substitute Marvin Sordell having a goal disallowed for offside and Johnnie Jackson and Cameron Stewart wasting efforts.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"It was a great goal from Billy. He was injured with a groin problem when he first got here but he's worked very hard on the training ground.

"He's been on the bench a few times and although he has not played much football, he looked very lively. That's credit to him. Now we've just got to keep him playing football.

"We started brightly but then had to show a lot of defensive resolve near the end. It takes different ways to win a game and, ultimately, we did have to grind it out a bit."

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

"We were well in it in the last half-hour. We had a real impetus about our play and I just don't know how we didn't take anything away from the game.

"We should definitely have had a penalty in the first half but these big decisions always seem to go against you when you're lower down the league.

"I felt we were a bit flat in the second half and I wanted to change the flow of the game. That's why I made the triple substitution. I think it worked and we can still take a lot out of the display. We just need to keep fighting."

Line-ups

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 21McCarthy
  • 24Cummings
  • 3KellyBooked at 29mins
  • 20Guthrie
  • 17GorkssBooked at 71mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 12McClearySubstituted forBlackmanat 90+3'minutes
  • 23WilliamsSubstituted forAkpanat 64'minutes
  • 14SharpSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 67'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 9Le Fondre
  • 10Drenthe
  • 16Akpan
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
  • 37Obita

Charlton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Alnwick
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 24Cousins
  • 5MorrisonBooked at 26mins
  • 6Dervite
  • 3EvinaSubstituted forJacksonat 70'minutes
  • 8StephensSubstituted forGreenat 70'minutes
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forSordellat 70'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 32Stewart

Substitutes

  • 2Hughes
  • 4Jackson
  • 7Green
  • 10Sordell
  • 14Pritchard
  • 15Wood
  • 30Pope
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
18,149

Match Stats

Home TeamReadingAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Reading 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Reading 1, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Green (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Michael Morrison.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Reading. Alex Pearce tries a through ball, but Pavel Pogrebnyak is caught offside.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Garath McCleary.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

  7. Post update

    Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Danny Green (Charlton Athletic).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marvin Sordell.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Stephen Kelly.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Stewart.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marvin Sordell.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Danny Green (Charlton Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Hope Akpan.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Alex Pearce.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

  20. Post update

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