Championship
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche

Burnley remain 10 points clear in second place in the Championship after stretching their unbeaten league run to 15 matches with a win at lowly Charlton.

Ashley Barnes headed Burnley into the lead with his first goal since signing from Brighton in January.

Sam Vokes doubled the lead from the penalty spot, after he was fouled by Dorian Dervite.

The scoring was completed when Michael Kightly's cross was deflected in.

Burnley's last defeat came at Middlesbrough on Boxing Day but they entered the match at The Valley without 25-goal striker Danny Ings, who was sidelined by an ankle injury.

But, in the England Under-21 international's absence, Barnes took his opportunity as he got on the end of Junior Stanislas's cross to break the deadlock with a header before half-time.

The former Brighton striker was only denied a second when his header was kept out by goalkeeper Ben Hamer at point-blank range.

Charlton had lost only one of their previous seven home matches in all competitions but, just out of the relegation zone on goal difference, Jose Riga's side face a fight to escape relegation into League One.

Burnley's victory was ultimately convincing as Vokes calmly slotted in from the penalty spot after the break, following Dervite's challenge.

And, despite some pressure from the hosts, the Clarets sealed victory in the last minute when substitute Michael Kightly crossed from the left and, with the aid of a deflection, the ball ended up in the net.

Following leaders Leicester drawing with Blackburn, Sean Dyche's men are just five points off top spot.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"Ashley Barnes is getting his chance now and I thought he delivered an all-round good performance.

"He's full of life, he wants to work for the team and he'll get more and more used to how we work.

"To get a goal is excellent. He knew the challenge in front of him when we brought him in."

Charlton boss Jose Riga:

"Certainly we had the first chances during this game. But instead of scoring we conceded.

"It was already difficult to score against this team but we conceded and we knew at that moment it would be more difficult and we maybe had to change the way we play.

"We continued even in the last quarter to try to play more realistically, more direct - but, against this team, they were waiting for that."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 39PoyetSubstituted forSordellat 76'minutes
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 7GreenSubstituted forAjdarevicat 45'minutes
  • 24Cousins
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forGhoochanneijhadat 54'minutes
  • 4Jackson
  • 12Obika

Substitutes

  • 8Ghoochanneijhad
  • 10Sordell
  • 15Wood
  • 21Thuram-Ulien
  • 25Nego
  • 36Fox
  • 42Ajdarevic

Burnley

  • 1Heaton
  • 17Baird
  • 6Mee
  • 14Jones
  • 4DuffSubstituted forLongat 90+1'minutes
  • 5Shackell
  • 37Arfield
  • 8Marney
  • 9Vokes
  • 30Barnes
  • 11StanislasSubstituted forKightlyat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lafferty
  • 7Wallace
  • 12Cisak
  • 15Edgar
  • 19Kightly
  • 26Treacy
  • 28Long
Referee:
Oliver Langford
Attendance:
16,113

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBurnley
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Burnley 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Burnley 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Charlton Athletic 0, Burnley 3. Michael Kightly (Burnley) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Burnley. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Kevin Long replaces Michael Duff.

  6. Post update

    Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Michael Kightly (Burnley).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic).

  9. Post update

    Scott Arfield (Burnley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Michael Duff.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by David Jones (Burnley).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rhoys Wiggins.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell replaces Diego Poyet.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Astrit Ajdarevic (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Burnley. Michael Kightly replaces Junior Stanislas.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dean Marney (Burnley).

  19. Post update

    Offside, Burnley. David Jones tries a through ball, but Ashley Barnes is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.