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Charlton 0-1 Birmingham City: Teenager Jude Bellingham nets winner again as Blues beat Addicks

Teenager Jude Bellingham netted for the second game running on his full league debut for Birmingham City
Teenager Jude Bellingham netted for the second game running on his full league debut for Birmingham City

Teenage striker Jude Bellingham was Birmingham City's hero again as he hit the winner for the second successive game to end promoted Charlton's unbeaten start to the season.

But, in an ill-tempered game of four bookings on the pitch, Addicks boss Lee Bowyer was red-carded against his former club and City manager Pep Clotet booked by referee Matthew Donohue after a late touchline disagreement over the visitors' alleged 'time-wasting'.

"Someone from their staff threw a ball onto the pitch to try and waste time, which I've never seen before," said Bowyer. "The ball then ended up next to me. I don't know how.

"So I pick it up and start walking towards their bench shouting if it was their ball. I threw it back, and because the referee said I left my technical area and throwing the ball that was a red card.

"I've never heard of that rule in my life. I think it's disappointing because me and the players don't like losing games, especially ones where I don't think we deserved to lose."

"It was just something that was a coincidence," said Blues manager Pep Clotet. "If Mr Bowyer took it in the wrong way then I'm sorry.

"I have a lot of respect for him, firstly what he means for Birmingham and secondly what he's doing with the team this season."

It was 16-year-old Bellingham who again stole the show on his full league debut for Blues with his 52nd-minute goal, a fortnight after becoming the youngest scorer in the club's history with his match-winner against Stoke City.

Right wing-back Max Colin made a forward break before playing it wide to winger Kerim Mrabti, who found room in the penalty area before picking out the unmarked Bellingham, who tucked his shot home to condemn Charlton to only their third defeat in 26 games.

His goal earned a fourth straight league win in the capital for Blues, going back to last season, including wins at Millwall and QPR and then a 1-0 victory at Brentford on the opening day of this campaign.

Since then, Clotet's side had suffered three successive 3-0 away defeats - at Portsmouth, Nottingham Forest and Swansea - but in Bellingham they appear to have unearthed their most exciting teenage discovery since club legend Trevor Francis 49 years ago.

Lee Bowyer was perplexed by the late incident that earned a red card for him and a yellow for opposite number
Lee Bowyer was perplexed by the late incident that earned a red card for him and a yellow for his opposite number

Bowyer's Addicks, who would have gone top if they had won, stay second, while City climb to eighth.

This was only their second win in their past nine visits to the Valley, where Charlton had not been beaten since last October, by Birmingham's current St Andrew's tenants Coventry City.

In a poor first half, it was just before the break when Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips was called into action for the first time, tipping over a Lukas Jutkiewicz header.

But the action hotted up after the interval as both keepers were made to work a lot harder, Blues actually ending up with more efforts on targets than their hosts - 12 to 11.

Tempers got strained too, as all three of Blues' bookings came in the final 15 minutes either side of the petty late incident involving both benches.

Birmingham City boss Pep Clotet:

"It's a massive step forward for us, because for the result and a second away win against an in-form side it makes it more special. We knew we would have to do everything right.

"All the attitude from my players had to be right. We managed to be very strong defensively, we were able to stamp our football on the pitch.

"Jude is proof that we trust what we do with the academy, in that you cannot buy in football the feeling our fans have. The feeling we have for Jude to come in now is something we're very proud of.

"I want to remind him of the importance of this chance. It's not only me giving the chance but the team."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Phillips
  • 20Solly
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6PearceBooked at 35mins
  • 3Purrington
  • 28FieldSubstituted forAnekeat 71'minutes
  • 24Cullen
  • 11Gallagher
  • 29OztumerSubstituted forWilliamsat 59'minutes
  • 14LekoSubstituted forKayalat 78'minutes
  • 26Hemed

Substitutes

  • 7Williams
  • 10Aneke
  • 13Amos
  • 15Pratley
  • 17Bonne
  • 21Kayal
  • 23Sarr

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 12DeanBooked at 90mins
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7CrowleySubstituted forGardnerat 87'minutes
  • 34Sunjic
  • 26DavisBooked at 82mins
  • 22BellinghamSubstituted forGiménezat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18MrabtiSubstituted forMaghomaat 67'minutes
  • 10Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 2Harding
  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Clarke-Salter
  • 19Maghoma
  • 20Gardner
  • 24Giménez
  • 37Bailey
Referee:
Matt Donohue
Attendance:
18,752

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Birmingham City 1.

Booking

Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jonathan Williams (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City).

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

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

Booking

Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Conor Gallagher (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Beram Kayal (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josh Cullen.

Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Gary Gardner replaces Daniel Crowley.

Jonathan Williams (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City).

Booking

David Davis (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by David Davis (Birmingham City).

Attempt saved. Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Davis.

Attempt missed. Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Beram Kayal replaces Jonathan Leko.

Foul by Chuks Aneke (Charlton Athletic).

Ivan Sunjic (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Crowley.

Attempt missed. Álvaro Giménez (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Daniel Crowley.

Foul by Jonathan Leko (Charlton Athletic).

Daniel Crowley (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Conor Gallagher (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan Williams.

Attempt saved. Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Purrington.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Álvaro Giménez replaces Jude Bellingham.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Chuks Aneke replaces Sam Field.

Attempt blocked. Conor Gallagher (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomer Hemed.

Offside, Birmingham City. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Daniel Crowley is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Jacques Maghoma replaces Kerim Mrabti.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Dillon Phillips.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swansea7511125716
2Charlton7421116514
3Bristol City7421139414
4Leeds6411103713
5Preston7412137613
6West Brom7340118313
7QPR74121211113
8Birmingham741278-113
9Nottm Forest7331106412
10Fulham7322116511
11Blackburn731377010
12Sheff Wed63038629
13Middlesbrough72328809
14Cardiff7232810-29
15Millwall723259-49
16Luton72141213-17
17Reading721489-17
18Brentford721456-17
19Derby7142710-37
20Hull7133811-36
21Barnsley612349-55
22Wigan7124613-75
23Huddersfield6015511-61
24Stoke7016717-101
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