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Charlton Athletic 3-1 Bristol Rovers

Jamie Ward, Joe Aribo and Karlan Grant were all on target as Charlton collected a third straight League One success with a 3-1 home victory over struggling Bristol Rovers.

Ward's early opener was cancelled out by Joe Martin's stunning 30th-minute equaliser.

But Aribo's header just before the interval put the promotion-hunting Londoners back in front.

Grant wrapped it up in stoppage time when he was put clear on goal to complete the simplest of finishes.

The hosts broke the deadlock in the 10th minute.

Jed Steer's long clearance was latched on to by Ward, who burst through on goal before coolly lofting the ball over advancing Rovers keeper Jack Bonham.

Rovers should have been back on terms but Tom Nichols was just unable to apply a vital touch to Stefan Payne's dangerous low cross.

However, they did not have long to wait to draw level as Martin drilled an unstoppable left-footed effort from 20 yards beyond the reach of Steer on the half-hour mark.

With their tails now up, Liam Sercombe tried his luck with a long-range volley that flew just off target and then Steer produced an excellent reaction save from Ollie Clarke.

Nicky Ajose was denied at the other end by Bonham moments later and saw a free-kick deflected inches wide of the post just before the break.

Rovers' hopes of going in level were cruelly dashed on the stroke of half-time as some sloppy defending was punished by Aribo's close-range header to restore the Addicks' advantage.

Patrick Bauer headed wide after the restart and Ajose was just behind Ward's inviting pull back on the hour as Charlton looked to move further clear.

Steer had to be alert to deal with Sercombe's volley at the other end and the Rovers midfielder blazed an effort well off target four minutes from time to sum up a disappointing second-half display from the visitors.

And Charlton wrapped it up deep into injury time as Grant capitalised on Bonham's decision to go up for a corner when he was set clear to fire into an empty net.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 21Steer
  • 2Dijksteel
  • 5Bauer
  • 6PearceBooked at 57mins
  • 20SollyBooked at 78mins
  • 4Bielik
  • 32LapslieSubstituted forMarshallat 82'minutes
  • 17Aribo
  • 16WardSubstituted forHackett-Fairchildat 88'minutes
  • 18Grant
  • 25AjoseSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Phillips
  • 7Marshall
  • 11Fosu-Henry
  • 19Morgan
  • 23Sarr
  • 37Hackett-Fairchild
  • 43Stevenson

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 5Craig
  • 15J ClarkeBooked at 90mins
  • 29Martin
  • 6UpsonSubstituted forLinesat 74'minutes
  • 4Lockyer
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forRodmanat 64'minutes
  • 10Nichols
  • 9PayneSubstituted forBennettat 64'minutes
  • 7Sercombe

Substitutes

  • 14Lines
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 22Partington
  • 23Bennett
  • 33Rodman
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
10,328

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 3, Bristol Rovers 1.

Full Time

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

Goal!

Goal! Charlton Athletic 3, Bristol Rovers 1. Karlan Grant (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tariqe Fosu-Henry.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jed Steer.

Attempt saved. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

James Clarke (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tariqe Fosu-Henry (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Krystian Bielik.

Attempt blocked. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild replaces Jamie Ward.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Anfernee Dijksteel (Charlton Athletic).

Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anfernee Dijksteel (Charlton Athletic).

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Charlton Athletic).

Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Mark Marshall replaces George Lapslie.

Booking

Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic).

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Chris Lines replaces Ed Upson.

Jason Pearce (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic).

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Krystian Bielik (Charlton Athletic).

Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Tariqe Fosu-Henry replaces Nicky Ajose.

Karlan Grant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Martin (Bristol Rovers).

George Lapslie (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).

Joe Aribo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt saved. Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

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1Portsmouth18125130151541
2Sunderland18107135161937
3Barnsley18105332151735
4Luton19105435211435
5Peterborough19105435241135
6Charlton189452921831
7Blackpool188732316731
8Doncaster198562826229
9Coventry198562120129
10Accrington197752122-128
11Walsall197662126-527
12Wycombe196762727025
13Fleetwood196672521424
14Burton187382325-224
15Southend1972102326-323
16Rochdale196582534-923
17Shrewsbury195682125-421
18Scunthorpe195682940-1121
19Gillingham1953112733-618
20Oxford Utd194692129-818
21Bristol Rovers1945101619-317
22Plymouth1944112135-1416
23Wimbledon1942131429-1514
24Bradford1942131532-1714
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