A look back at four most recent wins over the AddicksAhead of our away trip to The Valley on Saturday, we take a look back at past fixtures between Reading and the Addicks.
The first ever fixture between the two sides came in 1921 in Division Three South. A Reading side managed by Harry Matthews took on Charlton at The Valley, and a single goal from Jimmy Carr was his third of the season, and enough to seal victory in that inaugural meeting.
Looking back, the two teams have gone head-to-head on 40 occasions across the different Leagues and Cups, with Reading boasting 15 of those wins and 11 draws in total. Below, we give you a recap of four of those most recent winning matches…
Reading 1-0 Charlton, Sky Bet Championship, 17th October 2015
A Reading side in fine form notched their sixth league win in seven matches with victory over the Addicks in this encounter. Moving up to joint second in the league and closing down on the summit, the three points tallied were more comfortable than the score line suggests.
Lucas Piazon came close by testing Charlton stopper Nick Pope at his near post early on, then another loanee Ola John saw his shot fly just wide of the right upright. Oliver Norwood, Aaron Tshibola and Danny Williams all came close with their chances before Nick Blackman’s far post header sealed the win for the Royals – although matters were made easier as Charlton’s Patrick Bauer was given his marching orders for a second bookable offensive just eight minutes before Reading scored the matches’ only goal.
Charlton 0-1 Reading, Sky Bet Championship, 5th April 2014
Having not lost away since January, the Royals kept on their push for a play-off spot with victory over Charlton, and with all the sides in and around them dropping points, it was a crucial three points in the hunt for that sixth place finish.
Danny Williams nearly opened the scoring when he saw his first time shot fall just wide of the left post, then Adam Le Fondre followed suit by smashing McAnuff’s cross out for the same result. Charlton stopper and former Reading Academy graduate Ben Hamer had to be on his toes to deny Danny Guthrie’s 30-yard free-kick from sailing into the top left, but the deadlock was finally broken when USA International Danny Williams eventually saw the net swell – striking an unstoppable shot goalbound from three yards inside the penalty area.
Reading 1-0 Charlton, Sky Bet Championship, 3rd December 2013
The deed was done in this encounter inside the opening 13 minutes of the game. Danny Williams stole back possession mid-way inside the opposition half and steamed down on goal; with Billy Sharp in support, he laid the ball to his right and the on loan striker composed himself, before striking his first time effort hard and low into the left hand side of Ben Alnwick’s goal.
Sharp could have had a brace when Alnwick spilled Pavel Pogrebnyak’s long shot out of his gloves, but in the ensuing scramble, the Addicks defence managed to get the ball to safety. Former Royal Simon Church had the chance to equalise when he came face to face with Alex McCarthy, but in the battle of the Academy graduates, it was Royals’ stopper who came out on top, maintaining his side take all three points.
Reading 2-0 Charlton, FA Barclays Premiership, 18th November 2006
Reading and Charlton’s only meeting at Madejski stadium in the top flight was a fairly one-sided affair back in November 2006. Goals from Seol Ki-Hyeon and Kevin Doyle secured victory in front of a 24,093 capacity crowd, with the Royals spurred on from a 3-1 win over Spurs the previous weekend. Their fortunes were in stark contrast to a Charlton side who sat bottom of the Premier League with only eight points on the board after 12 games.
Nicky Shorey’s left sided cross was delivered perfectly for Seol to head home from the penalty spot to put Steve Coppell’s men in front on the 18 minute mark. Stephen Hunt then nearly made it 2-0 when he volley goalward from the same provider, but Republic of Ireland international Kevin Doyle found the net from Sidwell’s miscued shot to secure the three points for a Reading side who would go on to finish in its highest ever league position, eighth in the Premier League.