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Report: Charlton 3-2 Reading

21 March 2015

Addicks come from behind to beat Royals

Charlton 3 (Buyens 58 pen, 70, Church 80)
Reading 2 (Pogrebnyak 40, 90)

  • Pogrebnyak drills home just before HT
  • Buyens levels from the penalty spot
  • Buyens flicks Addicks into 70th minute lead
  • Church comes off the bench to make it 3-1
  • Williams sees red for second yellow late on
  • Pogrebnyak stabs injury time consolation
Charlton came from behind to take all three points in a game of two contrasting halves at The Valley this afternoon.

Pavel Pogrebnyak had put the Royals ahead with a left-footed drive that arrowed under Stephen Henderson and Steve Clarke's side were in very good control of the game.

But the Addicks came out all guns blazing after the break and levelled from the spot after Hector had been adjudged to have handled as a cross floated towards Watt at the far post before the hourmark.

Yoni Buyens made no mistake with his penalty and handed Athletic the lead when he flicked home a dangerous cross from close range.

Former Royal Simon Church came off the bench to tap home from a yard out to put the result beyond doubt and Danny Williams saw red for a second cautionable offence in the final five minutes. Pogrebnyak's injury time consolation proved just that and Charlton held on for the points.

Charlton: Henderson, Gomez,Diarra, Fox, Johnson, Gudmundsson, Bulot, Buyens, Cousins,Eagles (Church 68), Watt.
Subs: Dmitrovic, Bikey-Amougou, Lennon, Lepoint, Ahearne-Grant.

Yellow: Johnson, Watt, Buyens.

Reading:Federici, Gunter, Obita, Pearce (c), Hector, Norwood (Karacan 63), Williams, McCleary, Robson-Kanu (Blackman 82), Mackie, Pogrebnyak.
Subs: Andersen, Cooper, Akpan, Taylor, Stacey.
Yellow: Norwood, Hector, Williams.

Att: 15,007

First Half

An early Jordan Obita cross at one end didn't find a target in the opening minutes, while a Charlton corner delivered low into the box from the left fell to the feet of Johann Gudmundsson who arrowed just over the Reading bar.

Pavel Pogrebnyak then had a half chance at the other end, turning his man to run onto a ball from McCleary but his shot was half blocked and deflected off target.

Pogrebnyak was then on the end of another McCleary ball, this time a floated cross from the byline far out on the right and Pogrebnyak got his head to it but couldn't muster enough power in his header to trouble Stephen Henderson.

Reading's joy continued to come down the right, McCleary, Pogrebnyak and Gunter involved in a neat exchange of intricate passes only for the ball to pinball to safety eventually to Charlton's relief.

Steve Clarke's men were passing the ball well and dominating possession and a Williams ball through was almost flicked on to Chris Gunter by his Welsh teammate Hal Robson-Kanu, but the ball fizzed beyond Gunter's outstretched leg.

Pogrebnyak forced a corner by hammering a bouncing ball towards goal from 20 yards out, the ball deflecting off Johnson and behind for a Reading dead ball.

And Reading's endeavour finally told moments later when Jordan Obita's low fizzing drive was controlled by the foot of Pogrebnyak, who then rifled under Henderson from 10 yards out to open the scoring five minutes before the break.

The Royals were hungry for a second before half-time, Gunter's cut back cut out before it could reach a blue sock and then Norwood curling a free kick high over the bar after good work from Robson-Kanu.

Second half

Two glorious chances fell the hosts' way within the opening five minutes of the second half. First Morgan Fox's cross whistled past everyone and Tony Watt arrived at the far post only to direct the ball over the crossbar from close range.

Then a magnificent block from a combination of Hector and Norwood denied Buyens with a low right-footed drive from only 12 yards out. And Federici had to be at his best to claw out an effort from Chris Eagles that looked like it might squeeze inside the bottom left corner.

Reading responded. McCleary's spiralling cross was almost met by the head of Pogrebnyak before the right-winger teed up Chris Gunter for a left-footed drive that deflected behind for a corner.

Charlton then won a penalty just before the hour. A dangerous cross into the middle hit Hector's flailing arm as he contested for the ball with Watt at the far post. Appeals for a push were ignored and the referee booked Hector and pointed to the spot. Yoni Buyens lifted the ball past Federici and the Addicks were level.

And the hosts almost took the lead on the break soon after. Eagles raced away from Pearce and the ball was floated back to him unmarked at the far post only for the midfielder to place his header over the crossbar.

The game opened up a little with both side looking for the win. Gunter's low cross was missed by Robson-Kanu and Pogrebnyak couldn't direct it goalwards as he slid onto it late. Then Watt's low drive was easily gathered by Federici at the other end.

And Buyens put the home side into the lead with a neat flicked finished from a good cross from the right, the ball spinning past Federici and into the top left corner.

Federici denied substitute Church with a good low save with his body after a superb pull back from Buyens on the byline had created another opportunity for Charlton.

Guy Luzon's side put the game to bed with a third with little more than ten minutes left and former Royal Simon Church was the scorer, turning home from a yard out after a good cross from Watt had been stabbed into the middle.

Reading's day got worse when Williams was shown a second yellow card for what seemed to be an altercation with Watt in the middle of the park and Reading had to play the final five minutes with ten men.

In five minutes of injury time, Pogrebnyak stabbed home his second of the afternoon after Karacan's low cross had found its way to the Russian's feet five yards out, but it was to prove a mere consolation as Charlton survived a last gasp free kick to hear the final whistle and take all three points.

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