Championship
PrestonPreston North End2CharltonCharlton Athletic1
Callum Robinson
Callum Robinson scored his first goal in the Championship for Preston this season

Callum Robinson netted the decisive goal as Preston North End beat bottom-of-the-table Charlton Athletic to earn a fourth league win in a row.

Preston led when Joe Garner headed in Paul Gallagher's corner.

But just two minutes later Johann Berg Gudmundsson drilled the ball home from 20 yards to bring Charlton level.

Substitute Robinson scored from 12 yards to restore Preston's lead after the break, before Harry Lennon was sent off for raising his arm to Garner.

The visitors have now won just one of their last 17 matches and are seven points adrift of safety but showed signs of life despite finishing empty-handed at Deepdale.

Charlton could have led early on as a floated free-kick from the left found Roger Johnson unmarked, but the defender's weak header failed to test Anders Lindegaard.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored his first Charlton goal since the end of August

After a poor opening half-hour, the hosts took the lead with Garner taking advantage of some lax defending.

Berg Gudmundsson scored the Addicks first goal in four games to reward the away side for their early endeavour.

With Charlton's confidence boosted, Jorge Teixeira and Ademola Lookman both fired wide, but their defence once again let them down as Robinson restored promotion-chasing Preston's lead after great work by Adam Reach on the left.

Lennon was dismissed with more than a quarter of an hour remaining, and Reach could have added a third only to shoot straight at Stephen Henderson.

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"We've come out on top. It was not the best of games but who cares?

"Everybody cancelled each other out first half - we could have played better because we didn't pass the ball anywhere near as quickly and as well as we can do. In the second half we were much better with a solid back four.

"To have won four league games on the trot at this level is very satisfying. I have just complimented the players on that.

"I'm not sure how many teams have won four games on the trot in this division all season but for us to have done it - full credit to the players."

Charlton boss Jose Riga: "The truth is in the two boxes, offensively and defensively, that is the part of the pitch that we were not able to master.

"We are most disappointed and frustrated because we conceded from set-pieces last game, so we worked on this situation and we were good in the game.

"Maybe again it's about the quality and we missed an opportunity to hurt the opposition.

"The confidence has grown throughout the game. But then it's about individual mistakes. We cannot repeat this kind of situation. We have to be more consistent."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 15Woods
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 6WrightSubstituted forRobinsonat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Cunningham
  • 11Johnson
  • 16Browne
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forWelshat 83'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 14GarnerSubstituted forHugillat 90+3'minutes
  • 32Reach

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 4Pearson
  • 13Doyle
  • 19Welsh
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson
  • 40Hudson

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 47MottaSubstituted forSanogoat 78'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 50Teixeira
  • 28Johnson
  • 26LennonBooked at 74mins
  • 21Fox
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 20SollySubstituted forFanniat 64'minutes
  • 8CousinsSubstituted forBaat 58'minutes
  • 37Lookman
  • 9Makienok

Substitutes

  • 2Yun
  • 11Harriott
  • 15Fanni
  • 19Bergdich
  • 22Ba
  • 25Sanogo
  • 30Pope
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
10,075

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Preston North End 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Charlton Athletic 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Roger Johnson with a headed pass.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Joe Garner.

  6. Booking

    Callum Robinson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Preston North End. Joe Garner tries a through ball, but Callum Robinson is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Charlton Athletic. El-Hadji Ba tries a through ball, but Simon Makienok is caught offside.

  9. Booking

    John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  10. Post update

    Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Garner.

  13. Post update

    Hand ball by Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic).

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. John Welsh replaces Paul Gallagher.

  15. Post update

    Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

  17. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Paul Huntington (Preston North End) because of an injury.

  19. Booking

    Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Yaya Sanogo (Charlton Athletic).