Match ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
Charlton secured their first victory in 13 matches as they eased to a surprising win over high-flying Sheffield Wednesday at The Valley.
Johnnie Jackson's header gave the hosts their first goal in five games before forward Simon Makienok's toe-poke put them two up before the break.
Wednesday fell further behind after the restart as Reza Ghoochannejhad put away defender Morgan Fox's pinpoint cross.
The visitors scored a late consolation through Fernando Forestieri's strike.
Pre-match protests by the homes fans did little to distract the team from helping interim manager Karel Fraeye earn his first win since taking charge in late October.
Charlton started the brighter and when captain Jackson was inexplicably left unmarked as Johann Berg Gudmundsson took a corner, he timed his run from the edge of the box perfectly to thump home the opener.
The Addicks continued to attack and on the stroke of half-time Makienok finished off a brilliant passage of play that saw El-Hadji Ba and Ghoochannejhad combine well on the left before the striker played the ball to Gudmundsson, who duly set up the Dane to score.
Midfielder Gudmundsson was once again instrumental in Charlton's third goal, cutting the visiting defence apart with a chip to Fox, who then set up Ghoochannejhad for a simple tap-in.
Although the Owls had come into the game unbeaten in their previous 11 matches, they managed just two shots on target as they slipped to ninth in the table. Despite a hugely welcome victory, Charlton remain in the relegation places.
Charlton interim manager Karel Fraeye:
"It was a game on paper that everyone said we had no chance.
"Wednesday were unbeaten in 11 games and we were on poor run and had not scored, so from the outside the perception for our team was very negative.
"But inside we believed we had the qualities and I put into the head of the players how hard work pays off.
"Even though Sheffield Wednesday got a goal back, I knew it was going to be our day and we were not going to lose."
Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal:
"We have played a lot of games with high intensity, for example against Arsenal, and we have kept four clean sheets but we did not have the energy.
"Charlton played with high intensity and we could not match their style.
"It was not about complacency, it was about the lack of energy. Players could not deal with it. It can happen.
"No one can control this kind of thing. It was a bad day for us but congratulations to Charlton.
- 20SollySubstituted forHolmes-Dennisat 24'minutes
- 21FoxBooked at 70mins
- 22BaBooked at 60minsSubstituted forMoussaat 66'minutes
- 7Berg Gudmundsson
- 16GhoochannejhadSubstituted forLookmanat 83'minutes
- 5LoovensSubstituted forSassoat 45'minutes
- 4HutchinsonBooked at 31minsSubstituted forLucas Joãoat 45'minutes
- 41BannanBooked at 64mins
- 45ForestieriBooked at 55mins
- 14HooperSubstituted forMcGuganat 66'minutes
- 18Lucas João
- Gavin Ward
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Sheffield Wednesday 1.
Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Barry Bannan went off injured after Sheffield Wednesday had used all subs.
Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.
Fernando Forestieri (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Franck Moussa (Charlton Athletic).
Attempt missed. Lewis McGugan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt saved. Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Attempt blocked. Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Franck Moussa.
Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Ademola Lookman replaces Reza Ghoochannejhad.
Vincent Sasso (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic).
Attempt missed. Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ross Wallace with a cross.
Lucas João (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Naby Sarr (Charlton Athletic).
Jack Hunt (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.