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Birmingham City 0-1 Charlton Athletic

Charlton midfielder Dale Stephens

Dale Stephens scored the only goal as Charlton extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to five games.

Charlton keeper Ben Hamer denied Birmingham striker Lee Novak in the only real action of the first half with his low save from a powerful effort.

Stephens scored the winner after the break when he fired into an open goal at close range after Bradley Pritchard nudged the ball his way.

Lee Clark's Birmingham have now gone four games without a league win.

Their dismal run leaves them in the Championship relegation zone while the win for Charlton, who scored just their 10th league goal of the season, lifts them clear of the bottom three.

Birmingham struggled to break down Charlton's resolute defence in the early stages before Hamer's save from Novak.

Stephens squandered a chance before the break when his tame effort was easily saved by Birmingham goalkeeper Darren Randolph.

But he made no mistake after the break when Randolph parried a Cameron Stewart effort before Pritchard set up the match-winner in the 57th minute.

Birmingham City assistant manager Terry McDermott:

"No-one is happy with the position we are in at the moment in the bottom three. I would like to think that it will not last long because we have too many good players in the side.

"We are all devastated with the result especially after some good performances in our recent games. We thought we had turned the corner but we simply didn't perform on the day against Charlton. Our decision making was very poor."

Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell:

"I'm really pleased with the performance of the players. It was a crucial game but we warranted the three points. If you keep out the opposition you will get your chances. My only gripe was that it was only 1-0 and I felt 2-0 or 3-0 would have been right. All the players are doing their job and they fully deserved their win.

"I've given the players confidence to go out and play. They have given each other confidence and a platform and some are playing really well."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Randolph
  • 31Caddis
  • 4Robinson
  • 17Reilly
  • 5Bartley
  • 6Burn
  • 33GraySubstituted forFergusonat 62'minutes
  • 24Adeyemi
  • 19Zigic
  • 12NovakSubstituted forLøvenkrandsat 62'minutes
  • 7Burke

Substitutes

  • 8Mullins
  • 11Løvenkrands
  • 13Doyle
  • 20Lee
  • 22Shinnie
  • 27Ferguson
  • 29Brown

Charlton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 24Cousins
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forCookat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Stephens
  • 9Church
  • 14Pritchard
  • 32Stewart

Substitutes

  • 2Hughes
  • 3Evina
  • 10Sordell
  • 11Harriott
  • 12Alnwick
  • 17Cook
  • 31Lennon
Referee:
Scott Mathieson
Attendance:
14,070

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Cook (Charlton Athletic).

  4. Post update

    Paul Caddis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Jordan Cook replaces Johnnie Jackson.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Løvenkrands (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Kyle Bartley.

  7. Post update

    Hand ball by Shane Ferguson (Birmingham City).

  8. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Paul Caddis.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Paul Robinson (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cameron Stewart.

  12. Post update

    Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Nikola Zigic (Birmingham City).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Peter Løvenkrands replaces Lee Novak.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Shane Ferguson replaces Demarai Gray.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nikola Zigic with a headed pass.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.