Charlton Athletic 2-1 Northampton Town, League One: report, ratings and verdict


Charlton Athletic 4-4-2



Northampton Town 4-3-3

Half Time: 0 - 0 The Valley ( Attendance: NA )
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Charlton Athletic finally ended their horrific home form with a crucial 2-1 victory over Northampton Town at The Valley.

The Addicks started on top and nearly found the opening goal after just four minutes, Jayden Stockley heading straight at Jonathan Mitchell after meeting Albie Morgan’s cross.

Peter Kioso then flashed an ambitious effort across the face of Ben Amos’ goal before Ben Watson saw a header land on the wrong side of the far post as chances remained at a premium in an uneventful opening 45 minutes.

The second-half began much as the first half ended – with Charlton controlling but struggling to create chances.

But in the 65th minute they were handed a gift when Jake Forster-Caskey was taken out in the box, allowing Conor Washington to put his side ahead from the penalty spot.

Chuks Aneke then had a chance to seal the game seven minutes from time, but Mitchell did well to tip his header over the bar.

However, Charlton didn’t have to wait long for their clinching goal as Washington smashed home his second from close range a minute later.

Northampton clawed a goal back in stoppage time through Alex Jones’ head but Charlton hung on to claim a first win at home since December.

Key Points

Check out all the key talking points and reaction from London Football Scene below…

Key Moment

Northampton will feel aggrieved by referee Paul Howard’s decision to award Charlton a second-half penalty in a crucial part of the game.

Moan of the Match

The first hour saw just one shot on target as both teams seemed content just to lump the ball forward throughout the night.

Talking Point

Charlton have completely changed their style since losing to Blackpool, foregoing attack for defensive solidity and have now earned seven points from nine. Is this the way forward for Lee Bowyer’s side?

Man of the Match

Jason Pearce – Charlton’s captain is enjoying a mini-revival and he was dominant once again as his side earned a crucial win.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Paul Howard (London) – the official struggled to control the game as he frequently seemed to make his decisions based on who screamed the loudest.


A quiet first-half on the pitch was mirrored by a very subdued atmosphere, but the noise from both sets of players picked up as the pace of the second period quickened.


After a wait of 87 days, Charlton finally won at home – it’s likely too little too late for their promotion hopes, but it’s an important step nonetheless.

Line Ups

Charlton Athletic 4-4-2

Amos; Gunter, Pratley, Pearce, Maatsen; Millar, B. Watson, Forster-Caskey (Shinnie, 76), Morgan (Smith, 87); Stockley (Aneke, 69), Washington (Schwartz, 88)

Subs not used:

Harness, Oshilaja, Jaiyesimi


Morgan, Watson, Aneke

Northampton Town 4-3-3

Mitchell; Kioso, L. Jones, Horsfall, Harriman; Sowerby, McWilliams (Rose, 73), R. Watson; Hoskins (Marshall, 73), Edmondson (A. Jones, 88), Miller

Subs not used:

Arnold, Bolger, Korboa, Morris


Kioso, Edmondson, Horsfall

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