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Charlton Athletic 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Rohan Ince
Rohan Ince scored his third goal in 22 appearances this season

Rohan Ince scored his first goal in 14 matches as Brighton earned a narrow victory over Charlton at The Valley.

The midfielder's back-post header from Solomon March's pinpoint free-kick ensured Chris Hughton had a victorious return to Championship football.

Seconds earlier Chris Solly's thunderous shot for Charlton hit the the bar with David Stockdale beaten.

Debutant Tony Watt came close to earning the home side a point, but Brighton managed to hold on.

It was the first time since August that the Seagulls had won successive matches in the Championship, having beaten Fulham on 29 December, while Hughton kept his 100% start intact having seen Brighton defeat Brentford in the FA Cup third round last weekend.

In a match of few clear-cut opportunities, Charlton carved out the opening chance of the match as Lawrie Wilson blasted over Stockdale's bar following good work from winger Johann Gudmundsson.

Valley woes
The Addicks have not won any of their last seven home games in all competitions, losing three. Their last win at The Valley was 2-1 against Bolton in the Championship on 21 October.

Moments later Sam Baldock, who has scored just once since joining Brighton at the end of August, saw his header gathered down low by home keeper Neil Etheridge.

The game meandered with both sides unable to take control, but Stockdale was called into action just before half-time as a corner for the hosts was met by midfielder Johnnie Jackson and the Brighton keeper saved on the line with his feet.

The away side threatened first after the break and Baldock's pass found Jake Forster-Caskey, but his attempted dink over Etheridge was easily saved.

However, the game turned on a pivotal 30 seconds as Solly came inches away from giving Charlton the lead before Ince provided the decisive blow for Brighton.

Victory moved the away side up to 19th, three points clear of the relegation zone, while Charlton have now gone nine matches in all competitions without a win.

Charlton manager Bob Peeters:

"If you don't get the results I know people are not happy. When you have a 20,000 crowd always one or two will shout.

"We can only do the best we can. We always try to play football whether we win or lose. Again, you need a result to get a little breather.

"At the beginning of the season we had the luck a little bit, like the last minute against Wigan where we won by a deflected ball. That's the luck we lack at this moment and we can't do anything about it."

Brighton manager Chris Hughton:

"Fortunately when I came in we were on a decent run anyway with a draw and a win, so it was very much about keeping that mentality and the players have responded very well.

"I've tried to get a good balance. They have been quite an expansive team and are able to pass this football around and keep possession.

"I don't want to take too much of that away from them but at times we need to be more compact and tougher to beat."

Line-ups

Charlton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 44Etheridge
  • 20Solly
  • 26Ben Haim
  • 6Bikey Amougou
  • 16Wiggins
  • 2WilsonSubstituted forChurchat 66'minutes
  • 24Cousins
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forGomezat 45'minutes
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 14Vetokele
  • 29TucudeanSubstituted forWattat 51'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Gomez
  • 15Onyewu
  • 18Church
  • 21Fox
  • 32Watt
  • 33Muldoon
  • 36Dmitrovic

Brighton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Calderon
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 30Bennett
  • 24InceSubstituted forBrunoat 71'minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 22Holla
  • 27March
  • 18Forster-CaskeySubstituted forHalfordat 88'minutes
  • 9Baldock
  • 12Mackail-SmithSubstituted forO'Gradyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno
  • 4Hughes
  • 7Colunga
  • 11O'Grady
  • 17Vilaca Teixeira
  • 31Walton
  • 33Halford
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
17,865

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home20
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Charlton Athletic. Jordan Cousins tries a through ball, but Igor Vetokele is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Danny Holla.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. André Bikey (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Danny Holla tries a through ball, but Chris O'Grady is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Danny Holla (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Tony Watt (Charlton Athletic).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Greg Halford replaces Jake Forster-Caskey.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Solly March (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris O'Grady.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  14. Post update

    Tal Ben Haim (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rhoys Wiggins.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Baldock (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joseph Gomez (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Gordon Greer.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Danny Holla.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth25146555272848
2Derby25146547232448
3Ipswich25138441231847
4Middlesbrough25128538172144
5Brentford2513484135643
6Watford25125844291541
7Norwich25117746301640
8Sheff Wed2591062021-137
9Wolves2410772833-537
10Blackburn249873533235
11Cardiff259793335-234
12Birmingham259793038-834
13Nottm Forest2571083335-231
14Charlton2561362429-531
15Huddersfield2587103443-931
16Bolton2586112732-530
17Reading2586113040-1030
18Fulham2584133544-928
19Brighton2551192732-526
20Rotherham2551192131-1026
21Leeds2567122637-1125
22Millwall2558122441-1723
23Wigan2548132534-920
24Blackpool2538141941-2217
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