Championship
Charlton3Brentford0

Charlton Athletic 3-0 Brentford

Igor Vetokele
Igor Vetokele scored his 10th Championship goal of the season

Charlton ended a 13-game winless league run and gave manager Guy Luzon his first victory with a deserved success against play-off chasing Brentford.

The Addicks - without a win since November - took a first-half lead when Johann Berg Gudmundsson hit a left-footed shot into the top corner.

The home side went 2-0 up when Igor Vetokele steered his 10th goal of the season into the bottom corner.

Frederic Bulot then seized on Harlee Dean's mistake to add a late third.

Much of the build-up to the match had centred on the future of Brentford manager Mark Warburton and his side were well beaten as their impressive run of three straight away wins came to an end.

The hosts began the game three points above the relegation places but started brightly and Bees goalkeeper David Button had to be alert to deny Gudmundsson an early goal.

The work-rate of Charlton's strikers continued to cause problems and Button was forced into another save from Tony Watt's deflected attempt.

But their pressure told midway through the first period when Vetokele teed up Gudmundsson, who finished superbly.

A reversal of fortunes
Charlton had not won a home game since 21 October - a run of nine games, while Brentford had won their last three Championship away games.

Charlton doubled their lead 10 minutes after half-time when Watt dragged defenders towards him and set up Vetokele to finish well.

Alex Pritchard had the best chances for Brentford but his free-kick and snap-shot were both comfortably saved by Stephen Henderson.

A resounding win was completed late on when Dean allowed Bulot a free run on goal and he struck a left-footed shot into the corner to give Luzon, who replaced Bob Peeters as manager in January, his first three points.

The result moves Charlton six points clear of the relegation places, while Brentford slipped out of the top six.

Charlton manager Guy Luzon:

"From the start we created chances. We scored three and were very organised.

"We deserved to win but it was not easy after three months without a win working on the mental side.

"It is the first step. Our goal is to go to the next game and show the same performance as that is the only way."

Brentford manager Mark Warburton:

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Warburton on Charlton v Brentford

"That today was not Brentford; we were slow to the ball, we made poor decisions, we were sloppy in possession and quite simply we were not good enough. All credit to Charlton.

"It's too easy to say matters off the pitch had an impact today, but absolutely not.

"This group is better than that. There is too much quality in the group and as staff we would not allow it.

"I'm sure there will be another statement out this week to provide more clarity on my future."

Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Charlton celebrate Johann Berg Gudmundsson's opening goal
Igor Vetokele
Goal-scorer Igor Vetokele celebrates with strike partner Tony Watt

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 20Solly
  • 22JohnsonBooked at 80mins
  • 26Ben Haim
  • 16WigginsSubstituted forFoxat 23'minutes
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 24Cousins
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forBuyensat 44'minutes
  • 8Bulot
  • 14VetokeleSubstituted forWilsonat 83'minutes
  • 32Watt

Substitutes

  • 2Wilson
  • 6Bikey Amougou
  • 11Harriott
  • 17Buyens
  • 21Fox
  • 36Dmitrovic
  • 40Lepoint

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 10Odubajo
  • 6Dean
  • 5Craig
  • 28Yennaris
  • 20DiagouragaBooked at 48minsSubstituted forSmithat 59'minutes
  • 8Douglas
  • 23JotaSubstituted forToralat 59'minutes
  • 21Pritchard
  • 15DallasSubstituted forLongat 59'minutes
  • 19Gray

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 12McCormack
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Toral
  • 24Smith
  • 31Long
  • 35Udumaga
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
14,875

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBrentford
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Brentford 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Brentford 0.

Attempt blocked. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan Douglas.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 3, Brentford 0. Frédéric Bulot (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Henderson.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Foul by Tony Craig (Brentford).

Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jon-Miquel Toral (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stephen Henderson.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Lawrie Wilson replaces Igor Vetokele.

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stephen Henderson.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Roger Johnson (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Roger Johnson (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Nico Yennaris (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andre Gray (Brentford) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Hand ball by Andre Gray (Brentford).

Tommy Smith (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Alex Pritchard (Brentford).

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Chris Long (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Roger Johnson (Charlton Athletic).

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Moses Odubajo.

Foul by Chris Long (Brentford).

Roger Johnson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonathan Douglas.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

Hand ball by Alex Pritchard (Brentford).

goal

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