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Charlton 2 Wolves 1 – match report: Jonathan Obika scores late winner

Charlton 2 Wolves 1: Last-gasp Obika sends Saunders' side back into drop zone

PUBLISHED:

16:36 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:10 GMT, 20 April 2013

Wolves dropped back into the npower Championship relegation places after substitute Jonathan Obika's late winner snatched in-form Charlton a 2-1 home victory.

Karl Henry struck the bar with a long-range effort in a cagey first half before the game burst into life thanks to Dorian Dervite's opener.

Kevin Doyle equalised for the visitors just three minutes later with his 11th goal of the campaign but Dean Saunders' men were unable to hold on to a crucial point with Obika having the final say.

Late but great: Jonathan Obika scored an injury-time winner to earn three points for Charlton against Wolves

Late but great: Jonathan Obika scored an injury-time winner to earn three points for Charlton against Wolves

Late but great: Jonathan Obika scored an injury-time winner to earn three points for Charlton against Wolves

MATCH FACTS

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Wiggins, Morrison, Dervite, Pritchard, Harriott, Hughes (Gower 12), Jackson (Green 61), Kermorgant, Fuller (Obika 81). Subs Not Used: Button, Taylor, Kerkar, Wilson.

Goals: Dervite 63, Obika 90.

Wolves: De Vries, Doherty, Gorkss, Johnson,
Ward (Batth 90), Henry, Robinson, Doumbia, Hunt (Hammill 86), Doyle, Sigurdarson. Subs Not Used: McCarey, Dicko, Foley, Cassidy, McAlinden.

Booked: Gorkss, Doherty, Sigurdarson, Hunt.

Goals: Doyle 66.

Att: 19,023.

Ref: Roger East (Wiltshire).

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No Championship team had taken more
points from their last eight matches than the two sides ahead of the
game meaning neither manager felt the need to make changes to their
starting line-ups.

The hosts were presented with the
first clear-cut opportunity of the afternoon in the 10th minute after
good work from Callum Harriott but Ricardo Fuller saw his drilled effort
on the turn parried away by Dorus De Vries.

The Addicks were forced into a change
just two minutes later with Mark Gower replacing the injured Andy
Hughes and lost some of their early fluency against their hard-working
visitors.

Saunders' side almost earned reward
for their efforts in the 25th minute when Henry let fly from distance.

The midfielder's speculative effort had Ben Hamer backpedalling and hit
the bar before Hamer managed to prevent the ball crossing the line.

Challenge: Charlton's Ricardo Fuller (left) and Wolves' Matt Doherty (right) compete for the ball

Challenge: Charlton's Ricardo Fuller (left) and Wolves' Matt Doherty (right) compete for the ball

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The away side emerged for the second
half with added purpose and had an early sight of goal when Stephen Hunt
fired a cross-shot wide of the left-hand post. Chris Powell's men then
suffered a set back when they were forced into their second change of
the afternoon with captain Johnnie Jackson limping off.

Jackson's replacement Danny Green
made an immediate impact when his rasping drive was deflected wide. From
Green's subsequent corner, Wolves failed to clear and Dervite got the
decisive touch on a goalline scramble to poke home the opener.

The hosts' advantage did not last
long however as Doyle flicked in Jack Robinson's left-hand cross to set
up a breathless final quarter of the game.

With the encounter perfectly poised,
the visitors needed an important save from De Vries to keep the scores
level as Yann Kermorgant saw his effort from an acute angle tipped over
the bar.

The home side were not to be denied
as Green's deflected shot feel to Obika who struck in the 90th minute to
leave Saunders' side shellshocked.

Charlton were able to see the game
out to secure a fourth consecutive home win which keeps their distant
play-off hopes alive but Wolves now have just two games remaining to
ensure they do not fall into the third tier of English football.

Charlton 3 Bolton 2 – match report

Charlton 3 Bolton 2: Addicks come from two down to record long overdue home win

PUBLISHED:

17:37 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:49 GMT, 30 March 2013

Charlton came from two goals down to end their home hoodoo and dent Bolton's play-off hopes.

The Addicks were staring at a fourth straight Valley defeat, and 10th of the season, after Wanderers raced into a two-goal lead through Marvin Sordell and Medo Kamara.

But skipper Johnnie Jackson pulled one back before half-time and Bolton fell to pieces in the second half when Sam Ricketts was sent off.

Turnaround: Yann Kermorgant scored from the spot to complete a remarkable comeback for Charlton

Turnaround: Yann Kermorgant scored from the spot to complete a remarkable comeback for Charlton

MATCH FACTS

Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Morrison, Dervite, Wiggins, Pritchard, Hughes (Gower 72), Jackson, Harriott (Wilson 86), Kermorgant,
Fuller (Haynes 86).

Subs Not Used: Button, Green, Obika, Feely.
Booked: Hughes, Solly, Kermorgant.

Goals: Jackson 25, Dervite 60, Kermorgant (pen) 63.

Bolton: Lonergan, Ricketts, Knight, Dawson, Alonso, Medo, Spearing, Pratley (Odelusi 82), Ngog, Sordell (Butterfield 59), Lee (Craig Davies 69).

Subs Not Used: Bogdan, Eagles, Kevin Davies, Wheater.

Sent Off: Ricketts (58), Craig Davies (90).

Booked: Ricketts, Dawson, Spearing, Craig Davies.

Goals: Sordell 4, Medo 20.

Att: 17,322

Ref: Trevor Kettle (Rutland).

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Dorian Dervite immediately dragged
Charlton level and Yann Kermorgant struck the winner from the penalty
spot to complete an unlikely comeback, while Bolton finished with nine
men after a late red card for Craig Davies.

Charlton were missing two of their
senior defenders, Leon Cort and Matt Taylor, through injury and illness
and their patched-up back four were under the cosh from kick-off.

Chung-Yong Lee had already shot over and David Ngog forced a save from Ben Hamer before Bolton took a fourth-minute lead.

Sordell collected Ngog's pass and
turned makeshift centre-half Dervite inside out before tucking the ball
past Hamer.

Charlton attempted to hit back and midfielder Bradley
Pritchard was twice denied by Trotters keeper Andy Lonergan.

But Bolton doubled their advantage in
the 20th minute when Ngog found Medo 25 yards out and the Sierra Leone
midfielder beat Hamer with a swerving drive which went in off the post.

However, five minutes later Charlton
grabbed a lifeline when Bolton cleared a corner only as far as Jackson
on the edge of the area.

The midfielder took the ball past two
defenders before rifling it low into the net.

Captain's strike: Johnnie Jackson started the Charlton revival with his 25th-minute goal

Captain's strike: Johnnie Jackson started the Charlton revival with his 25th-minute goal

They almost grabbed an
equaliser before the break, but Pritchard could not quite get a toe on
Ricardo Fuller's ball across goal.

At the start of the second half
Lonergan could only parry Callum Harriott's deflected shot but Craig
Dawson was on hand to clear.The game swung Charlton's way on the hour
when Ricketts was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Fuller.

Bolton were hit with a double
punishment as, from the free-kick, Kermorgant's curler came back off the
post and Dorvite reacted first to lash in his first goal for the
club.And three minutes later they were ahead.

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Lead: Goals from Marvin Sordell (above) and Medo Kamara (below) put Bolton 2-0 ahead at The Valley

Fuller burst into the area and was brought down by Darren Pratley, with Kermorgant stepping up to take the penalty.

The Frenchman has form for fluffing
his lines from the spot, having famously tried and failed with a chip in
a play-off penalty shoot-out while playing for Leicester.

But as The Valley held its breath,
Kermorgant wisely opted for power and blasted his shot wide of
Lonergan.Charlton had to endure seven minutes of stoppage time but
Bolton substitute Davies used up most of it by earning himself two
yellow cards to complete Bolton's second-half meltdown.

Off: Dougie Freedman speaks to referee Trevor Kettle after his Bolton team finished the game with nine men

Off: Dougie Freedman speaks to referee Trevor Kettle after his Bolton team finished the game with nine men

Red card: Samuel Ricketts is given his marching orders in the 58th minute

Red card: Samuel Ricketts is given his marching orders in the 58th minute

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League One review: Charlton leave it late to beat Yeovil

League One review: Charlton leave it late to snatch win as Stevenage hit Colchester for six

Danny Green struck in stoppage time to give npower League One leaders Charlton a 3-2 win at Yeovil.

Jonathan Obika (8) headed the home side into an early lead, which was soon cancelled out by Danny Hollands” (15) close-range header from a corner.

The Addicks trailed again when Paul Huntington made it 2-1 at the start of the second half, but were level through on the hour from Yann Kermorgant”s 25-yard free-kick and secured a first win in three games when midfielder Green drilled home.

Stoppage time hero: Charlton

Stoppage time hero: Charlton”s Danny Green celebrates after the final whistle

Chris Powell”s men now lead Sheffield Wednesday by eight points after the Owls were beaten at Walsall by two injury-time goals.

Ryan Lowe”s goal on the hour looked to have set the visitors on course for victory, but Walsall levelled through a deflected effort from Claude Gnakpa.

There was still time for the Saddlers – who had not won in their last eight league matches – to grab a dramatic winner when Emmanuele Smith slotted home.

Stevenage moved into the play-off places with a 6-1 romp at Colchester.
Robin Shroot (9) and Chris Beardsley (25) gave the visitors a comfortable half-time lead.

Ian Henderson (51) pulled a goal back for the Us, but it proved to be a false dawn as goals from Michael Bostwick (64), Scott Laird (71), Luke Freeman (73) and Joel /12/26/article-2078766-0F46F7A300000578-78_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Winning away: Charlton”s players celebrate with their fans after their last gasp victory at Yeovil” class=”blkBorder” />

Winning away: Charlton”s players celebrate with their fans after their last gasp victory at Yeovil

MK Dons are third, just a point behind Wednesday, after they won 3-0 at Leyton Orient in a lunchtime kick-off.

Dean Bowditch (37) put the visitors ahead just before half-time, with a 30-yard effort from Adam Smith (57) and Charlie MacDonald (63) wrapping things up.

Fourth-placed Huddersfield also have 42 points after a first half goal from Jordan Rhodes (34) gave them a 1-0 home win over bottom club Chesterfield.

Jamie Douglas scored in injury time as Preston snatched a point in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Carlisle at Deepdale.

Lee Miller (20) put the visitors ahead with a penalty, but Iain Hume soon levelled with a free-kick.

Preston midfielder Paul Parry (31) made it 2-1 from the spot, only for the Cumbrians to level in first-half stoppage time through Francois Zoko after Carlisle striker Rory Loy had been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

The visitors were ahead for a third time when James Berrett drilled in from 20 yards just after the hour.

However, Douglas snatched a point when he converted from close range after good work by midfielder Paul Coutts.

Back from the brink: Walsall fought back to beat Sheffield Wednesday

Back from the brink: Walsall fought back to beat Sheffield Wednesday

There was also late drama at Griffin Park, where play-off chasing Brentford earned a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

Cherries striker Charlie Sheringham – son of former England forward Teddy – gave the visitors the lead on 19 minutes, which looked to have been enough for all three points only for Leon Legge to head in a late, late equaliser.

On-loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotta netted a hat-trick as Wycombe beat fellow strugglers Exeter 3-1 to move out of the relegation zone.

The 19-year-old Italian turned in Anthony McNamee”s cross after just 35 seconds, but Danny Coles (23) equalised.

Trotta struck again five minutes before the break and, after Exeter striker Guillem Bauza had his penalty saved by Nikki Bull, completed his treble two minutes from full-time.

Scunthorpe remain in trouble after they went down 3-1 at home to Bury, despite taking an early lead through Shane Duffy (5).

The Shakers rallied after the break, and levelled through Peter Sweeney (50) before completing the turnaround with goals from Andy Bishop (69) and Efe Sodje (82).

Hartlepool won 1-0 at Oldham with a seventh-minute goal from James Poole.
Tranmere”s game against Rochdale was called off after wind caused damage to the Main Stand at Prenton Park.