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Danny Williams scores the winner

Danny Williams' second-half goal bolstered Reading's play-off hopes and heightened Charlton's relegation woes.

The midfielder scored a 74th-minute winner to give Nigel Adkins' side a five-point cushion in sixth place despite having won just three in nine.

Williams' finish from 12 yards, after Danny Guthrie burst from midfield, was the least the visitors deserved.

It was a bad day for Charlton, though, with defeat leaving them just two points off the bottom three.

Granted, Jose Riga's side have two games in hand on the bottom two and one on 18th-placed Barnsley but their inconsistency continues to be a concern. They have won three and lost three of their last six.

Reading, though, are in better shape. Adkins's side have now taken 16 points from 18 on the road since the beginning of February and were always in control of this game.

After a dreary first half, in which the only moments of note were when Charlton midfielder Jordan Cousins shot tamely at Alex McCarthy and Ben Hamer was forced to push away Chris Gunter's cross, the visitors took command.

Williams, Royston Drenthe and Adam Le Fondre all spurned opportunities after the break and Guthrie's fierce free kick was saved splendidly by Hamer.

Reading's pressure deservedly yielded a goal in the 74th minute, though. Guthrie burst from midfield and perfectly delayed his ball to Williams, who rifled the ball into the top-left corner.

Nigel Adkins, Reading manager:

"We'll just focus on the six games left. You can see there's a spirit and a confidence about the players.

"We only lost one game in March so it's not like we've been losing games but there's been too many draws.

"If you give bad goals away like we have done, you won't win games of football - I think that's the top and bottom of it."

Jose Riga, Charlton manager:

"Before the game it was not an easy mission but we did it well - certainly for an hour. I think we had control of the game.

"We didn't really see the difference between a team busy with the play-offs and one busy with relegation.

"I'm sure the players have done what they have to do, but one mistake and you're punished."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16WigginsBooked at 39mins
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forPetrucciat 66'minutes
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 24CousinsSubstituted forObikaat 82'minutes
  • 39Poyet
  • 9Church
  • 42AjdarevicSubstituted forGhoochanneijhadat 58'minutes
  • 11HarriottBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 8Ghoochanneijhad
  • 10Sordell
  • 12Obika
  • 13Phillips
  • 15Wood
  • 18Petrucci
  • 36Fox

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 37Obita
  • 23WilliamsBooked at 74mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forMcClearyat 64'minutes
  • 20Guthrie
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 77'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 11McAnuff

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Morrison
  • 18Bridge
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 22Blackman
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
15,800

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamReading
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Reading 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Reading 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Davide Petrucci (Charlton Athletic).

  4. Post update

    Daniel Williams (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Reza Ghoochanneijhad (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Williams (Reading).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Jonathan Obika replaces Jordan Cousins.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Reading. Conceded by Ben Hamer.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

  15. Post update

    Garath McCleary (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Hal Robson-Kanu replaces Adam Le Fondre.

  18. Booking

    Daniel Williams (Reading) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Charlton Athletic 0, Reading 1. Daniel Williams (Reading) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Danny Guthrie following a fast break.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Williams.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester40278576383889
2Burnley402214465343180
3QPR4020101049351470
4Derby402091169462369
5Wigan4019101154391567
6Reading4017121161461563
7Nottm Forest401416105750758
8Brighton401513124236658
9Ipswich401513125146558
10Bournemouth401610145556-158
11Blackburn401414125453156
12Watford3913141261481353
13Middlesbrough401216125043752
14Sheff Wed401212164949048
15Bolton401115145155-448
16Leeds40138195260-847
17Huddersfield401210185055-546
18Birmingham401110195260-843
19Doncaster401110193660-2443
20Blackpool401012183456-2242
21Charlton38911182748-2138
22Barnsley39812193865-2736
23Millwall40812203970-3136
24Yeovil40811213963-2435
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