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Charlton Athletic 0-2 Blackburn Rovers: First-half goals seal points for Blackburn

John Buckley
John Buckley gave Blackburn the lead at The Valley

Blackburn Rovers edged closer to the play-off spots with a win at Charlton who are now just five points above the Championship relegation zone.

Two goals in eight first-half minutes secured the points for the visitors, with 20-year-old John Buckley opening the scoring with a deflected effort.

Tosin Adarabiyo touched in a Stewart Downing free-kick, which Charlton felt should not have been awarded, although the hosts were perhaps earlier fortunate not to concede a penalty.

Charlton improved after the break, with Blackburn keeper Christian Walton saving from Lyle Taylor and Josh Cullen, but to no avail.

Blackburn move up to eighth and are three points off a top-six place.

Rovers were adamant they should have had a spot-kick when Dominic Samuel went down under the challenge of Addicks skipper Jason Pearce, but a free-kick was given against the Rovers striker instead.

It did not affect them, though, and Buckley - whose only other Rovers goal came when he scored the dramatic winner against Sheffield Wednesday in November - put his side ahead.

Charlton felt aggrieved by the free-kick that led to the second goal, but there was no doubting Downing's delivery, with Adarabiyo getting the crucial touch.

Four of the five teams below the Addicks all picked up points, cutting the gap to Lee Bowyer's side.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer said:

"It was a disappointing day. Blackburn did a good professional performance, a job on us.

"We started well and were the better side for the first 10, 15 minutes, but then Blackburn got their first goal and after that they were the better side and deserved their three points.

"The Championship is relentless and everyone has to earn their three points. Did my players work hard? Of course they did."

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I thought we dug deep today, we played the elements as well as the opposition. I thought we started well, on the front foot and asked questions of Charlton.

"I also think our defenders got the job done today.

"I like our centre-halves at the moment, I like them together. They compliment each other well and it's standing the team in good stead at the moment."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Phillips
  • 2Matthews
  • 5Lockyer
  • 6PearceSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 23Sarr
  • 45Doughty
  • 27Davis
  • 24Cullen
  • 14McGeadySubstituted forBonneat 69'minutes
  • 9Taylor
  • 26HemedSubstituted forGreenat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Purrington
  • 4Oshilaja
  • 13Amos
  • 17Bonne
  • 18Green
  • 21Smith
  • 29Oztumer

Blackburn

  • 1Walton
  • 2Nyambe
  • 26LenihanBooked at 55mins
  • 24Adarabioyo
  • 17Bell
  • 27Travis
  • 4Johnson
  • 19Downing
  • 39BuckleyBooked at 34minsSubstituted forBennettat 84'minutes
  • 7ArmstrongSubstituted forChapmanat 72'minutes
  • 12SamuelBooked at 41minsSubstituted forBreretonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Graham
  • 11Chapman
  • 13Leutwiler
  • 18Davenport
  • 20Brereton
  • 31Bennett
  • 41Carter
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
25,363

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home9
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Charlton Athletic).

Hand ball by Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers).

Ryan Nyambe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Nyambe.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Christian Walton.

Attempt saved. Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Elliott Bennett replaces John Buckley.

Attempt missed. Lyle Taylor (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn Rovers).

Andre Green (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Brereton replaces Dominic Samuel.

Attempt missed. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Harry Chapman (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Smith (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Dominic Samuel (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by John Buckley.

Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Green (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Harry Chapman replaces Adam Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Macauley Bonne replaces Aiden McGeady.

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Tom Lockyer tries a through ball, but Aiden McGeady is caught offside.

Foul by Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers).

Naby Sarr (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Charlton Athletic).

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Ryan Nyambe.

Amari'i Bell (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andre Green (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

Attempt missed. Aiden McGeady (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Lyle Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Andre Green replaces Tomer Hemed.

Lewis Travis (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Davis (Charlton Athletic).

Attempt missed. Tosin Adarabioyo (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Armstrong with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Matthew Smith.

Booking

Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds33178848301859
3Fulham33168947361156
4Brentford331671054272755
5Nottm Forest331510845331255
6Preston331581047371053
7Bristol City33158104846253
8Blackburn331481148381050
9Cardiff33121474845350
10Millwall33121384038249
11Swansea33121294141048
12Sheff Wed33128134138344
13Derby331111114145-444
14Birmingham33128134249-744
15Reading33119134137442
16QPR33126155158-742
17Hull33118144751-441
18Middlesbrough33813123443-937
19Charlton3399154147-636
20Huddersfield3399153852-1436
21Stoke33104194153-1234
22Wigan33710163350-1731
23Luton3393213966-2730
24Barnsley33610174058-1828
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