Charlton beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at The Valley tonight to end their run of 19 games without a league win in front of a crowd of 20,627, leaving the Nigels and Nigellas to find their way home with their play off hopes having suffered another setback. On 14 minutes a cross from Lloyd Sam fell to Spring who sent in a fierce volley past Speroni in the Palace goal.
Phil Parkinson had failed to follow the fans' advice and started with Gray and Burton up front with Dickson on the bench (he came on after 75 minutes). One telling statistic is that both sides had five shots on target whereas Charlton have generally fallen way behind their opponents in recent matches.
A Dickson cross late in the game was not met by anyone, whilst Elliot in the Charlton goal made a cricial save from Palace sub Moses in the second half. Elliot was booked for time wasting on the 90th minute, as was Youga on 67 minutes while Dickson picked up a yellow card for dissent.
Fortune was replaced by Holland on 60 minutes while Basey came on for Sam on 84 to shore up the defence.
The result may be a letdown for those who were hoping to demonstrate after the game against the board and Parkinson. Even the expressions of displeasure at the annual general meeting tomorrow may be a little muted. Nevertheless, while evading relegation is perhaps not yet mission impossible for Charlton, it remains mission improbable.