Charlton Athletic 0-1 Oxford United

Oxford continued their pursuit of a League One play-off place with a victory at Charlton that left their hosts even further behind the top six.

A hopeful first-half strike from on-loan Everton man Conor McAleny, once of Charlton, took Oxford to within six points of sixth place with two games in hand.

The Addicks, whose disappointment was increased by Chris Solly's red card, remain 13th, three places behind their visitors and 10 points behind the top six.

The hosts almost took the lead with their first attack. Gifted space in the third minute on the edge of the area, Nathan Byrne sent a right-footed shot against the crossbar, but the ball bounced back and away from danger.

Stephy Mavididi also threatened with a run down the left wing and shot that Simon Eastwood saved, but it was as Charlton were appearing to settle that their visitors took the lead.

McAleny found himself with space and few options in midfield and his ambitious, low shot went beyond Declan Rudd's reach and in off the left post.

The Addicks began to respond during the second half with the introduction of substitutes Tony Watt and Joe Aribo, and appealed for a penalty when Ricky Holmes was brought down in the area after the former's cut-back.

In the 59th minute, Mavididi cut in from the left wing and struck against the post, but after the equalising goal they needed continued to elude them, Solly was given a straight red card in the 70th minute for a late challenge on John Lundstram.

Match report supplied by the Press Association

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd33198659352465
2Scunthorpe32179658332560
3Bolton31177744251958
4Fleetwood331610747321558
5Southend331411851401153
6Bradford331216542311152
7Millwall3214994740751
8Rochdale31146114440448
9Peterborough33138124645147
10Oxford Utd31137113833546
11Bristol Rovers331210115052-246
12Walsall33111394143-246
13Charlton3291584034642
14Wimbledon32913104343040
15Northampton33117155054-440
16MK Dons32109134040039
17Shrewsbury33108153445-1138
18Gillingham33812134252-1036
19Oldham33811142133-1235
20Bury3397175061-1134
21Port Vale31810133349-1634
22Swindon3379172947-1830
23Chesterfield3377193152-2128
24Coventry32510172849-2125
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