With Deon Burton out injured, Akpo Sodje and David Mooney combine for the Addicks for the first time at Roots Hall tonight reports Paul May. Semedo comes backing into the starting line up at the expense of Kyel Reid and local hero Nicky Bailey moves out to the left once again.
Bailey opened the action with a great cross, but Sam was unable to connect. Racon lost possession with a showboating back heeled flick and Southend won a free kick. Vernon headed the free kick back across the six yard box, but Vernon managed to clear. Richardson put in a good ball, but Mildenhall claimed for Southend.
Neither side was really dominant in a rather scrappy opening phase of play. A good effort by Bailey from just outside the box on his right foot was well saved by Mildenhall to give Charlton the first corner of the game. Southend won a free kick after a challenge by Llera.
Sam made a great run, but a much needed tackle came in from Southend. Elliot had to make a brilliant save after diving to the right to scoop the ball round the post. Southend kept up the pressure after the corner. Mooney went off to have his boots changed, the pitch having proved slippery.
Southend were given a free kick in the D, Bailey went down holding his neck and rolling around and Christophe was given a red card for violent conduct. Bailey got a yellow card for his foul. The free kick was a good one by Francis but Elliot made another fantastic save. There was a scramble in the six yard box after the corner.
A long range drive came in from 35 yards from Paterson and Elliot spilled the ball to concede. Llera and Dailly both went for the same ball. Sam received the ball in a one-two from Mooney but he failed to beat the keeper.
Southend won a corner kick, but Charlton were awarded a free kick for a push. A Charlton corner was unproductive. A shot by Sam was not that strong. Arsenal loanee Sanchez Watt was given a yellow card by the referee.
Three minutes were added on. Charlton won a late corner after work by Sam and Mooney. Southend broke, but Richardson made an excellent interception and Southend won a corner kick.
Shrimpers 1, Addicks 0
Paterson made a nasty challenge on Elliot. Bailey put in a cross but Mildenhall was able to intercept at the expense of a corner. The ball went over the goal. Paterson came off. The home side were playing deeper.
Charlton won another corner, but it was unproductive. Sam fluffed a cross. Reid came on. Richardson sent a cross in, Mooney stretched, but it was straight at the keeper. Reid won a corner kick, but Southend cleared.
An effort by Reid was saved by Mildenhall to his right. Racon turned provider for Mooney, but his relatively weak shot was blocked on the line by Baldwin on the floor.
Mooney tried for goal but it went just over. Mooney was caught offside.
Barrett defended on the line as Charlton threatened following good work by Kyel Reid.
Southend won a corner. Bailey provided a good ball across to the left-hand side to Reid and Akpo Sodje slid the ball into the net. Mooney was replaced by McKenzie.
Racon conceded a free kick 22 yards out which was very well struck by Francis. Elliot made a double save after the ball hit the underside of the crossbar, bounced to the edge of the six yard box and the keeper made the save. Sam won a corner kick but it was denied by the linesman.
Another corner kick was signalled as a goal kick. At last Charlton were given a corner kick, but it was unproductive. A long range drive from Bailey went wide. Wagstaff was brought on. Elliot had to save off Francis at the second attempt.
Southend won a corner kick. Six minutes of time were added on. Reid accelerated, composed himself for his shot and drilled in a beautiful finish from a difficult angle to make it 2-1 to the Addicks. The 2,297 Addicks in attendance were sent home happy unlike the Nicky Bailey boo boys among the home fans.