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Cardiff City 2-1 Charlton Athletic

Sean Morrison (far left)
Morrison's goal was his second of the season for Cardiff

Sean Morrison's header secured a win for Cardiff, who came from a goal behind to beat Charlton and move into the play-off places.

Substitute Karlan Ahearne-Grant put the visitors in front soon after the break.

But City were level just four minutes later when Joe Mason found the net with a close-range finish.

After both sides had further chances to score, Morrison rose to head home Peter Whittingham's cross and leave Cardiff fifth and the Addicks down in 17th.

The hosts, who were looking to end a two-game losing run, started brightly with Anthony Pilkington seeing a curling effort palmed away by Nick Pope.

Morrison then went close when his free header from a Whittingham corner was cleared off the line by Jordan Cousins.

But after Morrison was wasteful with another header and Joe Ralls miskicked when clear on goal, Cardiff let the Addicks back into the game.

Tony Watt went close with a header before half-time and Ahearne-Grant opened the scoring after the break when he rolled the ball past Simon Moore.

The goal provoked a reaction from the hosts as Mason finished from close range - the strike allowed to stand, despite appeals for handball.

Mason went close again and Moore denied Watt and Cousins at the other end before, having seen another header go over, Morrison finally hit the target to secure Cardiff the only home win of the day in the Championship.

Cardiff manager Russell Slade: "It was important we bounced back and got a reaction from the disappointment of the last two games where we felt we were unfortunate.

"Despite our domination in the first half we were unable to convert our chances which was frustrating.

"But the good thing is after going a goal down we showed a lot more intensity and deserved the equaliser and the goal that brought us the three points."

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Luzon on Cardiff v Charlton

Charlton manager Guy Luzon: "When you lead 1-0 away from home you make sure you show the character and organisation to keep the result.

"If you do that you will have space to counter-attack as the game goes on. But we couldn't, though our problem started in the first half as from every set-piece Cardiff won the ball and they had quite a lot of chances to score.

"That continued in the second half and we were eventually punished for that."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 21Moore
  • 3Fabio
  • 4Morrison
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Malone
  • 13PilkingtonSubstituted forNooneat 75'minutes
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 7Whittingham
  • 8Ralls
  • 10MasonBooked at 41minsSubstituted forGunnarssonat 85'minutes
  • 9JonesSubstituted forAmeobiat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 11Noone
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 19Revell
  • 20Tamas
  • 30Wilson
  • 38Ameobi

Charlton

  • 30Pope
  • 20Solly
  • 5Bauer
  • 6SarrBooked at 46mins
  • 21Fox
  • 31KennedySubstituted forMcAlenyat 59'minutes
  • 3KashiSubstituted forMoussaat 86'minutes
  • 8Cousins
  • 19BergdichSubstituted forAhearne-Grantat 45'minutes
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 32Watt

Substitutes

  • 18Ahearne-Grant
  • 22Ba
  • 26Lennon
  • 27Mitov
  • 28McAleny
  • 35Umerah
  • 44Moussa
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
13,980

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home20
Away13
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Cardiff City 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Cardiff City 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

Foul by Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City).

Conor McAleny (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Morgan Fox with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Franck Moussa replaces Ahmed Kashi.

Joe Ralls (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Aron Gunnarsson replaces Joe Mason.

Attempt missed. Conor McAleny (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Scott Malone with a cross.

Offside, Cardiff City. Craig Noone tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 2, Charlton Athletic 1. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Noone replaces Anthony Pilkington.

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Peter Whittingham.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jordan Cousins.

Attempt missed. Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jordan Cousins.

Attempt blocked. Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Mason.

Offside, Cardiff City. Scott Malone tries a through ball, but Joe Mason is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Sammy Ameobi replaces Kenwyne Jones.

Attempt missed. Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Ahmed Kashi tries a through ball, but Jordan Cousins is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Naby Sarr (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Kenwyne Jones.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Simon Moore.

Attempt saved. Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Morgan Fox.

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Conor McAleny replaces Mikhail Kennedy.

Attempt blocked. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Morrison.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 1, Charlton Athletic 1. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Malone.

Attempt saved. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tony Watt.

Goal!

Goal! Cardiff City 0, Charlton Athletic 1. Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tony Watt with a cross.

Attempt missed. Joe Mason (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham following a set piece situation.

Booking

Naby Sarr (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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As It Stood

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2Middlesbrough8521145917
3Reading9432147715
4Hull9432127515
5Cardiff94321310315
6Burnley94321210215
7Ipswich94321515015
8Derby9351107314
9Birmingham83321210212
10Nottm Forest933399012
11Sheff Wed93331213-112
12QPR93331417-312
13Fulham83231511411
14Leeds825198111
15Huddersfield92431011-110
16Wolves8233911-29
17Charlton9234912-39
18Blackburn9153101008
19Brentford82241215-38
20Rotherham92251117-68
21Bolton9153612-68
22Preston9144610-47
23MK Dons9216813-57
24Bristol City91351119-86
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