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Charlton Athletic 3-1 Stoke City: Chuks Aneke hits debut goal for Addicks

Taylor has scored in both Charlton's wins so far this season
Charlton celebrate Lyle Taylor's opening goal

Charlton's players need to start believing they are worthy Championship competitors, says manager Lee Bowyer, after starting the season with successive victories.

The Addicks beat Stoke City 3-1 to join Sheffield Wednesday as one of only two second-tier teams with a 100% record after two games.

"Sooner or later they'll start to realise that they are a good side and they do deserve to be in this league," Bowyer, who guided Charlton to promotion via the League One play-offs last season, told BBC Radio London.

"When people keep saying negative stuff and saying we'll get relegated, it's tough for them.

"I'm constantly telling them that they're good and they'll surprise teams. If teams do underestimate us, that'll be their choice. We'll be professional and respect everyone we play."

Lyle Taylor fired Charlton into the lead at The Valley, only for Tom Ince to level before half-time.

Substitute Chuks Aneke scored six minutes into his Charlton debut to restore the home lead after 75 minutes and on-loan midfielder Conor Gallagher hit a late third to seal the points.

"My lads were great again," Bowyer added. "They keep on going and going. They've left everything out there and they've got their reward for it.

"Man for man, I thought we were stronger than them and more hungry than them. It gives you momentum and the lads are gaining confidence from these results."

The two sides cancelled each other out in a drab opening, but Taylor broke the deadlock in the 25th minute with his second goal in as many games, collecting the ball on the edge of the box and rifling the ball into the far corner.

Taylor's strike roused Stoke and Scott Hogan struck the crossbar before Ince snatched the equaliser, unleashing a left-foot drive that zipped into the net.

Lee Gregory squandered opportunities to put the Potters ahead either side of half-time, hitting the post and then blazing an effort over from close range after Sam Clucas had teed him up.

But Jonny Williams and Josh Cullen combined to set up summer signing Aneke, who dispatched the chance from 10 yards.

Chelsea midfielder Gallagher completed the scoring with his first senior goal seven minutes from time, finding the roof of the net after Taylor had flicked on Cullen's corner.

Stoke City boss Nathan Jones told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We're creating enough chances. We created 10 chances and scored one - they created four and scored three. That's a hell of a difference and goals win games, but that's what we're not doing.

"We hit the post, we hit the bar - and then they've scored with their first chance. Second half we're dominating the game, get a glorious chance and don't take it and we're hit with the sucker punch, which is frustrating.

"The third goal we got undone by a set-play, but we're not giving ourselves a chance. People are not having to score good goals against us at the moment.

"Last year we were really sound defensively and we're showing a little creakiness. We've got to be better in both boxes - in between, not a problem."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Phillips
  • 20Solly
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6Pearce
  • 3Purrington
  • 14LekoSubstituted forAnekeat 69'minutes
  • 24Cullen
  • 15Pratley
  • 7WilliamsSubstituted forLapslieat 86'minutes
  • 11Gallagher
  • 9Taylor

Substitutes

  • 4Oshilaja
  • 8Forster-Caskey
  • 10Aneke
  • 13Amos
  • 17Bonne
  • 23Sarr
  • 32Lapslie

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 14Smith
  • 6Batth
  • 5Lindsay
  • 3Ward
  • 38WoodsSubstituted forDuffyat 69'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 22Clucas
  • 7Ince
  • 19GregorySubstituted forVerlindenat 78'minutes
  • 20HoganSubstituted forCampbellat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Vokes
  • 23Verlinden
  • 24Cousins
  • 26Campbell
  • 31Duffy
  • 32Federici
  • 37Collins
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
17,848

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Stoke City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Stoke City 1.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Chuks Aneke tries a through ball, but Lyle Taylor is caught offside.

Foul by Danny Batth (Stoke City).

Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Stoke City. Danny Batth tries a through ball, but Tyrese Campbell is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Sam Clucas (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Tom Ince (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Gallagher (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. George Lapslie replaces Jonathan Williams.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 3, Stoke City 1. Conor Gallagher (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lyle Taylor following a corner.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

Attempt missed. Thibaud Verlinden (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Ince.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Thibaud Verlinden replaces Lee Gregory.

Attempt missed. Stephen Ward (Stoke City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 2, Stoke City 1. Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

Foul by Stephen Ward (Stoke City).

Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Lee Gregory (Stoke City).

Dillon Phillips (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Darren Pratley.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Mark Duffy replaces Ryan Woods.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Chuks Aneke replaces Jonathan Leko.

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross following a set piece situation.

Tommy Smith (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Stephen Ward (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Tyrese Campbell replaces Scott Hogan.

Offside, Stoke City. Danny Batth tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic).

Joe Allen (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Lee Gregory (Stoke City).

Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Conor Gallagher (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

goal

As It Stood

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8Birmingham21102114
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11Fulham21012113
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14Brentford21011103
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