Charlton 0 Barnsley 1: Cywka strike earns Tykes deserved win
16:35 GMT, 20 October 2012
Tomasz Cywka struck midway through the second half to clinch Barnsley's second away win of the season in the npower Championship at shot-shy Charlton.
The Polish midfielder fired home an angled drive in the 64th minute as Keith Hill's side registered their second win in seven league matches to climb up to 16th place in the table.
It was no less than the Tykes deserved as they dominated from start to finish, while Charlton have now failed to win any of their last five league matches and offered nothing in this encounter until second-half substitute Bradley Pritchard forced visiting goalkeeper Ben Alnwick into a fine save late in the game.
Oh no: Charlton's Leon Cort (left) holds his head as he walks off the field with Michael Morrison
Charlton: Hamer, Wilson, Morrison, Cort, Solly,Green (Pritchard 68), Stephens, Hollands (Jackson 46), Kerkar, Fuller, Razak (Wright-Phillips 46).
Subs Not Used: Button, Evina, Hulse, Dervite.
Booked: Stephens, Solly, Wilson.
Barnsley: Alnwick, Stones, Foster, Wiseman, Golbourne, Mellis (Etuhu 89), Dawson, Perkins, Cywka (Hassell 90), Dagnall, Davies (Harewood 90).
Subs Not Used: Steele, Done, Rose, Kennedy.
Booked: Golbourne, Dawson.
Goals: Cywka 64.
Ref: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).
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Barnsley were the more enterprising
side in the first 20 minutes with midfield trio Stephen Dawson, Jacob
Mellis and Tomasz Cywka peppering the Charlton goal with shots from
outside the penalty area.
Charlton struggled to mount a threat
on the visitors' goal and Barnsley striker Chris Dagnall went close to
breaking the deadlock in the 35th minute when his angled effort from
inside the penalty area was well held by home goalkeeper Ben Hamer.
Tykes forward Craig Davies, who made
his first appearance for Wales in almost five years against Scotland in
midweek, was foiled by a Charlton defender Leon Cort's last-gasp block
as the visitors continued to chase an opening goal and it was not until
three minutes before the break that Barnsley goalkeeper Ben Alnwick was
pressed into action.
Barnsley defender Scott Golbourne
fouled Charlton midfielder Danny Green on the edge of the area and
Alnwick pushed Dale Stephens' subsequent free-kick over the crossbar.
But the Tykes finished the first half on top, with Mellis going close again with a fierce 25-yard effort that whistled wide.
Charlton manager Chris Powell sent on
Johnnie Jackson and Bradley Wright-Phillips for Danny Hollands and
Abdul Razak respectively during the break in a bid to spark some life
into his side.
Come on: Chris Powell could not inspire his side
Barnsley continued to force the play
after the restart however and Dagnall went close again in the 53rd
minute when he flashed a volley from Mellis' floated free-kick just
passed Hamer's right-hand post.
The South Yorkshire side secured the
goal they deserved in the 64th minute. The ball was worked neatly to the
left side of Charlton's penalty area and Cwyka latched on to the ball
and lashed home a venomous right-footed finish high into the roof of the
net from 12 yards.
Powell sent on his third substitute,
Bradley Pritchard, for Green in the 68th minute, but Alnwick was still
redundant in the Barnsley goal as the Addicks struggled to muster
anything worthwhile in attack.
Stephens, in the 74th minute, dragged
his shot from the edge of the penalty area off target and substitute
Pritchard fired an effort from similar distance straight at Alnwick.
But shots on goal by Powell's side
could be counted on the fingers of one hand and Pritchard's late effort
from inside the area in the 89th minute was too little too late for the