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Charlton Athletic 1-0 Queens Park Rangers: Lee Bowyer bullish as Darren Pratley boosts Addicks' survival bid

Darren Pratley scores for Charlton
Darren Pratley's winner against QPR was only his second goal of the season

Charlton's form since the restart of the Championship season has proved that talk of ending the campaign on a points-per-game basis was "ridiculous", says boss Lee Bowyer.

The Addicks, who were in the relegation zone for the only time this season when it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, have won their first two games back to climb out of the bottom three, with Darren Pratley's early header enough to beat QPR a week after they won at Hull.

While both League One and League Two were called off, with the final table decided by average points-per-game, Bowyer said using it in the Championship would be "scandalous".

"That is why I was not very happy with the way they were trying to do it," said Bowyer following his side's 1-0 victory over the Rs. "I knew it wouldn't have been right or fair.

"I knew with nine games to go there is a lot of football left and even with seven to go, we are not out of it yet. We have to focus and keep fighting for every point because this league can hurt you. We have had a good start and we are in a good position.

"What they were trying to do before with the points-per-game thing was ridiculous. I think we are proving that as it stands today, but there is still a long way to go."

Pratley earns Charlton victory

Charlton's victory, courtesy of Pratley's header from a Josh Cullen corner, leaves their London rivals cut adrift of the play-off spots.

The winner came just moments after Eberechi Eze curled a shot narrowly wide at the other end, while Dillon Phillips made a fine reflex save immediately after the break to deny Jordan Hugill a close-range equaliser from what was the visitors' best chance of the game.

Victory lifts Bowyer's side to 18th in the table, three points and four places above the relegation zone with seven matches remaining.

For Charlton, it was the first time since August that they have managed back-to-back victories, having overcome relegation rivals Hull City a week earlier.

QPR's second defeat in as many weeks since football's restart after the enforced break sees them fall 10 points behind Cardiff in the fourth and final play-off spot in sixth after their win at Preston on Saturday.

QPR concede early - again

For the second-time in as many weeks, QPR conceded from the first effort on target.

While goalkeeper Liam Kelly was able to get a hand on Pratley's header, it was not enough to stop the effort from sneaking in off the inside of the post.

It was not until the opening seconds of the second half that QPR seriously threatened to level - Hugill forcing Phillips into action for the first time after finding space in the area to get onto the end of a chipped cross from Angel Rangel.

QPR, as they did against Barnsley seven days earlier, played with more endeavour after the interval. But again Mark Warburton's side failed to breach the resistance of a side fighting to avoid the drop.

Instead it was Charlton, a side whose top scorer Lyle Taylor has elected not to play for the Addicks again this season as he does not want to risk injury before his contract expires on Tuesday, looked the most likely to add to their advantage.

Tom Lockyer had a header safely caught by Kelly, who did well to keep a low shot from Alfie Doughty out two minutes from the end of a London derby of high stakes for two sides with vastly different ambitions.

New Charlton owner Elliott's winning start continues

Cardboard cut-outs of Charlton fans
Cardboard cut-outs of Charlton fans have been placed in the stands at The Valley

With the match played behind closed doors at The Valley, hundreds of Charlton fans were represented in the stands by cardboard cut-outs of themselves.

While the scene and sound of an empty stadium remains the bizarre new normal with football restarting during a global pandemic, at a ground where hundreds of plastic pigs were once thrown onto the pitch in protest against former owner Roland Duchatelet, the two-dimensional substitutes were never capable of adequately filling in for the influential fanbase for what was the first home game under new owner Paul Elliott.

Despite The Valley being almost deserted, both clubs united in a poignant moment before kick-off to pay their respects to those connected to Charlton who have died in recent months.

It was particularly moving as former Charlton defender and then later assistant manager and manager Theo Foley, who also worked as reserve team coach at QPR, was among those remembered after his death on Friday, aged 83.

Post-match reaction

QPR boss Mark Warburton: "In the second half we dominated for long, long periods, but you have to test their goalkeeper and put the ball in the back of the net.

"We have seven games to go - tough games - and we want to show what we're about.

"We've had two 1-0s, today was a much better performance, but still we leave with no points."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Matthews
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6Pearce
  • 4OshilajaSubstituted forPurringtonat 77'minutes
  • 14McGeadySubstituted forDoughtyat 60'minutes
  • 15PratleyBooked at 76mins
  • 24Cullen
  • 19MorganSubstituted forGreenat 84'minutes
  • 17BonneSubstituted forFieldat 84'minutes
  • 26HemedSubstituted forAnekeat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Purrington
  • 7Williams
  • 10Aneke
  • 13Amos
  • 18Green
  • 23Sarr
  • 28Field
  • 44Davison
  • 45Doughty

QPR

  • 32Kelly
  • 22RangelSubstituted forKaneat 71'minutes
  • 23Masterson
  • 29Barbet
  • 14Manning
  • 12BallSubstituted forBettacheat 77'minutes
  • 5CameronSubstituted forAmosat 71'minutes
  • 20Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forOtehat 71'minutes
  • 19ChairSubstituted forShodipoat 60'minutes
  • 10Eze
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 1Lumley
  • 2Kane
  • 8Amos
  • 17Shodipo
  • 18Oteh
  • 24Kakay
  • 26Bettache
  • 40Gubbins
  • 47Clarke
Referee:
Tim Robinson

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamQPR
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Todd Kane.

Foul by Yoann Barbet (Queens Park Rangers).

Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers).

Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Liam Kelly.

Attempt saved. Alfie Doughty (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Andre Green replaces Albie Morgan.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Sam Field replaces Macauley Bonne.

Luke Amos (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic).

Eberechi Eze (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albie Morgan (Charlton Athletic).

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Conor Masterson.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Faysal Bettache replaces Dominic Ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Ben Purrington replaces Adedeji Oshilaja.

Booking

Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Olamide Shodipo tries a through ball, but Jordan Hugill is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Manning.

Attempt saved. Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Cullen.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Conor Masterson.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Queens Park Rangers).

Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alfie Doughty with a cross.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Conor Masterson.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Todd Kane replaces Angel Rangel.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Luke Amos replaces Geoff Cameron.

Substitution

Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Aramide Oteh replaces Bright Samuel.

Attempt missed. Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Darren Pratley with a cross.

Attempt missed. Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Albie Morgan.

Foul by Angel Rangel (Queens Park Rangers).

Alfie Doughty (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Albie Morgan (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

Attempt blocked. Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Cullen with a cross.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Geoff Cameron.

Olamide Shodipo (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren Pratley (Charlton Athletic).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds39228959322774
2West Brom391914664382671
3Brentford391991167333466
4Fulham391810115243964
5Nottm Forest381613949391061
6Cardiff39151595751660
7Preston39169145249357
8Derby391512125452257
9Blackburn391511135548756
10Swansea391414114946356
11Millwall391316104643355
12Bristol City381510135256-455
13QPR39148175864-650
14Reading391310164845349
15Sheff Wed381310154750-349
16Birmingham391213145160-949
17Wigan391211164250-847
18Charlton39129184654-845
19Middlesbrough391014153950-1144
20Stoke39127205058-843
21Hull39119195267-1542
22Huddersfield38119184560-1542
23Luton39116224572-2739
24Barnsley39911194362-1938
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