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Charlton Athletic 1-0 Bristol Rovers

Patrick Bauer's first-half header gave 10-man Charlton a winning start to the new League One campaign as they edged out Bristol Rovers 1-0 at The Valley.

The hosts looked to be in serious trouble in the seventh minute when striker Lee Novak saw red for a two-footed challenge on Stuart Sinclair.

Rovers midfielder Chris Lines was unable to capitalise on some nervous goalkeeping from Ben Amos, while Ricky Holmes almost fired Charlton in front at the other end with a spectacular long range effort that flew inches over.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, it was the Addicks who broke the deadlock seven minutes before the break as Bauer met a Holmes free-kick to head past Rovers goalkeeper Adam Smith from close range.

Liam Sercombe, Lee Brown and Ollie Clarke all produced efforts on goal early in the second half as Bristol Rovers upped the tempo following a lacklustre opening period.

Sercombe was then denied by a fine reaction stop by Amos in the 55th minute, but the goalkeeper was less impressive when he tipped over Tom Broadbent's speculative 35-yard attempt.

Jake Forster-Caskey made a crucial block to prevent Lines testing Amos once again.

Bauer almost added a second in identical circumstances to the opener when he was again picked out by Holmes' 75th-minute free-kick, this time instead having to settle for a corner.

But his earlier effort ultimately proved decisive as Charlton held on for a deserved three points.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Amos
  • 20Solly
  • 5Bauer
  • 6Pearce
  • 22Dasilva
  • 3Kashi
  • 11HolmesSubstituted forCroftsat 90+5'minutes
  • 19Forster-Caskey
  • 14Fosu-HenrySubstituted forAhearne-Grantat 84'minutes
  • 10B ClarkeSubstituted forWattat 70'minutes
  • 21NovakBooked at 6mins

Substitutes

  • 8Crofts
  • 12Reeves
  • 13Phillips
  • 15Konsa
  • 18Ahearne-Grant
  • 23Sarr
  • 32Watt

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Smith
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forNicholsat 15'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 16Broadbent
  • 3Brown
  • 14Lines
  • 7SercombeBooked at 27mins
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forBroomat 65'minutes
  • 10Bodin
  • 9HarrisonSubstituted forGaffneyat 66'minutes
  • 24Sinclair

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 5Burn
  • 11Nichols
  • 17Broom
  • 20Bola
  • 22Partington
  • 30Gaffney
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
12,968

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Andrew Crofts replaces Ricky Holmes.

Attempt saved. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Karlan Ahearne-Grant replaces Tarique Fosu-Henry.

Delay in match Ahmed Kashi (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jay Dasilva.

Delay in match Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Jay Dasilva (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Tarique Fosu-Henry (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Tom Broadbent.

Foul by Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers).

Jay Dasilva (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jake Forster-Caskey.

Attempt blocked. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Tony Watt replaces Billy Clarke.

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Ricky Holmes (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory Gaffney (Bristol Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Rory Gaffney replaces Ellis Harrison.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ryan Broom replaces Ollie Clarke.

Foul by Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers).

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.

Attempt missed. Billy Clarke (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jay Dasilva.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fleetwood11002023
2Oxford Utd11002023
3Portsmouth11002023
4Bradford11002113
5Peterborough11002113
6Southend11002113
7Bury11001013
8Charlton11001013
9Shrewsbury11001013
10Wigan11001013
11Wimbledon10101101
12Scunthorpe10101101
13Doncaster10100001
14Gillingham10100001
15Blackburn100112-10
16Blackpool100112-10
17Plymouth100112-10
18Bristol Rovers100101-10
19MK Dons100101-10
20Northampton100101-10
21Walsall100101-10
22Oldham100102-20
23Rochdale100102-20
24Rotherham100102-20
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