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Charlton 0-1 Millwall: Jake Cooper earns Lions derby win

Jake Cooper goal
Jake Cooper's goal took Millwall to within two points of the Championship play-offs

Millwall boosted their Championship play-off chances with a late winner against rivals Charlton which dented the Addicks' survival hopes.

In a game played without the usual hostile atmosphere of a south London derby crowd, the visitors edged a goalless first half in terms of possession with Jed Wallace denied by goalkeeper Dillon Phillips at point-blank range, while at the other end Macaulay Bonne forced a low stop from Bartosz Bialkowski.

Yet for all their pressure and set-pieces, Millwall failed to make it count and Charlton imposed themselves on the game, with Tomer Hemed glancing just wide and Bialkowski beating away a fierce Chuks Aneke drive at his near post.

It seemed a stalemate was on the cards but with 10 minutes to go Lions defender Jake Cooper swiped in on the angle at close range after Connor Mahoney's stinging, swinging, edge-of-the-box drive was parried.

It lifts the visitors to within two points of the top six, while Charlton stay three points above Stoke, who occupy the final bottom three spot but now have a game in hand.

It also extends Millwall's hoodoo over their rivals to 12 games, having not lost a derby since March 1996.

On a night where Millwall's forwards struggled against Charlton's stubborn rearguard, it was left to a defender to break the deadlock when Cooper drilled high into the roof of the net when the ball spun loose.

Thirteen-goal Matt Smith had provided nuisance value before he was replaced by Tom Bradshaw, whose only real chance came as he failed to connect with Murray Wallace's brilliant centre.

The Lions can do their beaten rivals a favour in their bid to sneak into the promotion picture, with relegation threatened Middlesbrough, Hull and Huddersfield all to come in the run-in.

It looked for long periods that Lee Bowyer's Charlton would come away with a share of the points to bolster their survival bid, after taking seven points from nine following the restart.

New father Jason Pearce had belied a lack of sleep to marshall the Addicks defence brilliantly, while keeper Phillips had been note-perfect until his spill handed Cooper the opportunity to fire in.

They must now rely on returning to form in their final five games, which include matches against promotion-chasing Brentford and Leeds as well as fellow strugglers Wigan.

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Matthews
  • 5LockyerBooked at 90mins
  • 6PearceBooked at 79mins
  • 4OshilajaBooked at 43minsSubstituted forDoughtyat 75'minutes
  • 14McGeadySubstituted forWilliamsat 75'minutes
  • 15PratleySubstituted forSarrat 90'minutes
  • 24Cullen
  • 19MorganSubstituted forFieldat 45'minutes
  • 17BonneSubstituted forAnekeat 64'minutes
  • 26Hemed

Substitutes

  • 3Purrington
  • 7Williams
  • 8Forster-Caskey
  • 10Aneke
  • 13Amos
  • 18Green
  • 23Sarr
  • 28Field
  • 45Doughty

Millwall

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 15Pearce
  • 5CooperBooked at 35mins
  • 12RomeoSubstituted forMitchellat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 16MolumbyBooked at 30minsSubstituted forThompsonat 45'minutes
  • 19Woods
  • 3Wallace
  • 7WallaceSubstituted forWilliamsat 86'minutes
  • 18LeonardSubstituted forMahoneyat 75'minutes
  • 10SmithSubstituted forBradshawat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Williams
  • 8Thompson
  • 9Bradshaw
  • 11Ferguson
  • 14Steele
  • 21Mahoney
  • 26Skalak
  • 32Burey
  • 42Mitchell
Referee:
Dean Whitestone

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamMillwall
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away9
Fouls
Home13
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Millwall 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Millwall 1.

  3. Booking

    Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Tom Lockyer (Charlton Athletic).

  5. Post update

    Ben Thompson (Millwall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Booking

    Billy Mitchell (Millwall) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Jonathan Williams (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Connor Mahoney (Millwall).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Alfie Doughty.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Millwall. Conceded by Alfie Doughty.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic).

  12. Post update

    Ryan Woods (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Naby Sarr replaces Darren Pratley.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Millwall. Shaun Williams replaces Jed Wallace.

  15. Post update

    Bartosz Bialkowski (Millwall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tomer Hemed (Charlton Athletic).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Connor Mahoney (Millwall).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Woods (Millwall).

  20. Post update

    Jonathan Williams (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds40229960332775
2West Brom402014667382974
3Brentford402091170333769
4Nottm Forest401813953401367
5Fulham4019101154441067
6Cardiff40151695751661
7Derby401612125552360
8Millwall411417104844459
9Swansea401415115047357
10Preston40169155250257
11Blackburn401511145550556
12Bristol City401510155359-655
13Sheff Wed401410164954-552
14Wigan401311164550-550
15QPR40148185966-750
16Reading401310174848049
17Birmingham401213155163-1249
18Charlton411210194655-946
19Hull40129195468-1445
20Huddersfield40129194963-1445
21Middlesbrough401014164052-1244
22Stoke40127215061-1143
23Barnsley401011194562-1741
24Luton40117224673-2740
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