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Charlton Athletic 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Charlton's Lawrie Wilson

Lawrie Wilson scored twice as Charlton beat in-form Brighton at The Valley, their first win in six games.

The Seagulls took the lead midway through the first half when Leonardo Ulloa swept in a low shot.

But Charlton hit back as defender Wilson first fired in from close range, before pouncing on a loose ball to make it 2-1 in the second half.

Yann Kermorgant added a third with a free-kick but Ulloa poked in late on to set up a tense finish.

Charlton, who started the day one place above the relegation zone, have struggled for form in front of their own fans this season, winning just two of their 10 games at The Valley prior to this Boxing Day fixture.

Brighton had lost just twice away from home and it was little surprise when the Seagulls took the lead.

Charlton failed to deal with a ball into the box and Ulloa swept the ball into the bottom corner when it fell to him unmarked inside the area.

The hosts should have been level minutes later when Cameron Stewart cut inside and hit a low shot just wide of goal, before Simon Church curled an effort wide.

Their positive response to going behind was rewarded just as Wilson smashed the ball past goalkeeper Peter Brezovan after being slipped in by Kermorgant.

From then, Charlton were largely the better side, with Stewart particularly impressive. The on-loan Hull City winger caused plenty of trouble on the left flank with a couple of teasing crosses.

Stewart was involved when Charlton took the lead, combining with Rhoys Wiggins before the ball eventually ran through to Wilson in the middle of the area, who fired into the roof of the net.

That prompted Brighton to push further forward, Ashley Barnes heading over when unmarked, before Dale Stephens cleared Ulloa's effort off the line.

Stephens's intervention proved crucial as Kermorgant struck a fine free-kick into the top corner to make it 3-1. Though Ulloa poked in a late second for Brighton following a goalmouth scramble, Charlton held on.

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

"I'm really pleased for my group of players and especially our fans.

"I felt there was a real positive energy from the players and supporters. Even though we went behind and we were playing against a very good side, who tend to dominate possession.

"We kept or composure and deservedly got an equaliser and performed heroically. There were some big performances from my players."

Brighton assistant manager Nathan Jones:

"We had enough chances to have got something from the game. Charlton set up well took their chances, but sadly we didn't take ours.

"We got the first goal early, which was pleasing but then we didn't really go on from there, that is the most disappointing thing.

"It's one of those things. We have been excellent for the last 10 or 11 games, and we haven't conceded three since the Capital One Cup defeat to Newport [in August]."

Line-ups

Charlton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Alnwick
  • 20Solly
  • 16Wiggins
  • 8Stephens
  • 5Morrison
  • 15Wood
  • 23WilsonSubstituted forPritchardat 90+4'minutes
  • 24Cousins
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forDerviteat 83'minutes
  • 32StewartSubstituted forEvinaat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Evina
  • 6Dervite
  • 7Green
  • 10Sordell
  • 14Pritchard
  • 17Cook
  • 30Pope

Brighton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Brezovan
  • 2BrunoBooked at 42minsSubstituted forCalderónat 45'minutes
  • 17Ward
  • 4AndrewsSubstituted forAgustienat 76'minutes
  • 6El-AbdBooked at 54mins
  • 20Upson
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 8Crofts
  • 19Ulloa
  • 30Buckley
  • 21López MorenoSubstituted forBarnesat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Dunk
  • 9Barnes
  • 10Agustien
  • 11Orlandi
  • 14Calderón
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 38Ince
Referee:
Mike Russell
Attendance:
17,404

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home4
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Bradley Pritchard replaces Lawrie Wilson.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  5. Post update

    Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Charlton Athletic 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kemy Agustien with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  9. Post update

    Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Richard Wood.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Crofts (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Dorian Dervite replaces Simon Church.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Cedric Evina replaces Cameron Stewart.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

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