Charlton Athletic 3-2 Bristol Rovers, League One: report, ratings and verdict


Charlton Athletic 4-1-2-1-2



Bristol Rovers 4-3-1-2

Half Time: 2 - 2 The Valley ( Attendance: NA )
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Charlton Athletic’s first game since Lee Bowyer’s resignation ended in a dramatic 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers, thanks to a late Conor Washington goal.

The Addicks started sluggishly and found themselves 2-0 down after only 32 minutes –  Luke Leahy scoring from the penalty spot after a foul by Ian Maatsen before Ed Upson’s long-range effort bamboozled Charlton keeper Ben Amos to make it two.

However, the Addicks hit back immediately through Andrew Shinnie’s wicked shot from the edge of the box which went across the goal and nestled into the bottom corner.

Charlton equalised three minutes before the interval when Jayden Stockley was brought down on the edge of the box with the subsequently free-kick curled past the wall and in via Jake Forster-Caskey’s left-foot.

The Addicks then found an 84th minute winner when Washington got on the end of a Chuks Aneke header, hitting the post initially before burying the rebound.

Rovers’ keeper Joe Day was dismissed in added time after clashing in an aerial challenge with Aneke as Charlton held on to keep their slim Play-Off hopes alive.

Key Points

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

Key Moment

After going 2-0 down, the Addicks hit back with an instant reply through Andrew Shinnie, which was as well executed as it was necessary for the hosts.

Moan of the Match

Ian Maatsen’s challenge which led to Bristol Rovers opening goal from the penalty spot was poorly timed and unnecessary, immediately putting Charlton on the back foot.

Talking Point

In recent weeks, Charlton had sacrificed their attacking intent for defensive assurance – is this something that needs to be maintained if they’re to mount a serious Play-Off bid?

Man of the Match

Jake Forster-Caskey – scored the all-important equaliser for his side and was dominant in midfield throughout.

Tweet of the Match

Referee Watch

Robert Madley (West Yorkshire) – got the big decisions correct, but couldn’t escape frustrations from both teams.


The Valley would’ve been rocking after Washington poked home the winner – one can only imagine.


In wake of Lee Bowyer’s resignation, it’s no surprise the hosts started slowly but they’ll be delighted with how they got themselves back into the game.


Line Ups

Charlton Athletic 4-1-2-1-2

Amos; Gunter, Famewo, Pearce, Maatsen; Forster-Caskey; Morgan, Millar (Jaiyesimi, 60); Shinnie (Pratley, 90+5); Stockley (Aneke, 74), Washington

Subs not used:

Maynard-Brewer, Oshilaja, Watson, Schwartz


Shinnie, Morgan

Bristol Rovers 4-3-1-2

Day; Williams, Kilgour, Baldwin, Leahy; McCormick, Upson (van Stappershoef, 90+4), Westbrooke (Little, 82); Nicholson (Hargreaves, 65); Ayunga, Hanlan (Daly, 82)

Subs not used:

Ehmer, Walker, Martinez


Upson, Hargreaves

Sent Off


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