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Charlton Athletic 1-3 Blackburn Rovers

Marvin Sordell reacts after missing a penalty

Charlton remain in relegation danger after crumbling against Blackburn Rovers at The Valley.

Rudy Gestede gave the visitors the lead and, after Marvin Sordell missed a penalty, the hosts were punished when Michael Keane made it 2-0.

Sordell pulled a goal back but Tom Cairney's effort quelled any fightback and maintained Blackburn's slim hopes of a play-off place.

Defeat leaves Charlton two points above the bottom three with a game in hand.

Jose Riga's side now host Watford on Tuesday knowing that victory will ensure they avoid any final-day drama.

However, anything else will mean next Saturday's trip to Blackpool will be a nervy encounter.

Marvin Sordell misses a penalty with Charlton 1-0 down
Marvin Sordell misses a penalty for Charlton

Blackburn are likely to endure a fraught afternoon, too. They must win at Wigan while making up a six-goal turnaround on the sixth-placed Latics and hope Brighton lose at Nottingham Forest.

Gary Bowyer's side will go into that game in good form.

Gestede's header from Joshua King's cross set the benchmark for a powerful performance, with King coming close to doubling the lead after Callum Harriott was caught in possession.

However, Sordell should have hauled Charlton level after winning a spot-kick just before the break, only for Paul Robinson to make a fine save.

The forward beat the former England goalkeeper with a curling shot from the edge of the box early in the second half but, by then, Blackburn had already scored their second when Keane rose to meet Craig Conway's free-kick

The victory was secured just after the hour when Cairney then restored Rovers' two-goal advantage after Jordan Rhodes's shot was blocked on the line by Dorian Dervite.

Charlton manager Jose Riga:

"I hope we will do the job in the next game and not wait for the next one, but the most important thing in our situation is to do what we have to do.

"I know my team now. What gives me confidence is what they have done in the past."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"It was the second to last game of last season that we stayed up. A year later we have half a chance of the play-offs, so we have made a bit of progress.

"A hell of a lot of hard work has gone into it and we have got to make sure we continue that.

"Then we have an important summer because the club as a whole has quite a bit to do still."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 20Solly
  • 36FoxBooked at 37mins
  • 39Poyet
  • 5Morrison
  • 6Dervite
  • 11HarriottSubstituted forGhoochanneijhadat 57'minutes
  • 24Cousins
  • 10Sordell
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forPetrucciat 82'minutes
  • 42AjdarevicSubstituted forChurchat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Ghoochanneijhad
  • 9Church
  • 12Obika
  • 15Wood
  • 18Petrucci
  • 21Thuram-Ulien
  • 23Wilson

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 16Keane
  • 14Olsson
  • 45Cairney
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 7KingSubstituted forFeeneyat 74'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forWilliamsonat 85'minutes
  • 39Gestede
  • 32ConwaySubstituted forTaylorat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Kane
  • 13Eastwood
  • 15Varney
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Feeney
  • 30Rittenberg
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
15,718

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home17
Away22
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 1, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 1, Blackburn Rovers 3.

Attempt missed. Davide Petrucci (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Cousins.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Dorian Dervite.

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Craig Conway.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

Attempt missed. Liam Feeney (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Church with a headed pass.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Michael Keane.

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Jordan Rhodes.

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Morgan Fox.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Davide Petrucci replaces Johnnie Jackson.

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic).

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Feeney with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

Attempt blocked. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Attempt missed. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Liam Feeney replaces Joshua King.

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Simon Church replaces Astrit Ajdarevic.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Delay in match Dorian Dervite (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Morgan Fox (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Astrit Ajdarevic.

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Markus Olsson.

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Astrit Ajdarevic with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 1, Blackburn Rovers 3. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

goal

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