Injury fears about Rob Elliot and Frazer Richardson proved to be unjustified as they were both passed fitness tests and were included in an unchanged line up for Charlton at The Valley, writes Phillipa Nicholson. There had been doubts about whether the match would go ahead and the pitch was looking very heavy which does not suit Charlton's style. There was the unusual sight of puddles in the vicinity of the centre circle.
With Glen Murray ill, Brighton lined up in a 4-5-1 formation with Nicky Forster up front. The postponement of Colchester's home match due to a flooded beach gave the Addicks a chance to return to third place.
Lua Lua put in a shot that was not far wide. Brighton won an early corner but the move ended in a goal kick. Brighton had a chance but Elliot collected off Forster. Dailly and Llera exchanged views on what had gone wrong.
Burton turned and put in a shot and Brighton's Czech keeper turned it away for the first Charlton corner of the match which was unproductive.
Racon put in a good chip, but it went on to the roof of the Brighton net. Reid won Charlton a second corner. Elliot had to save from a relatively tame effort from Forster. A shot from Racon was easily collected by the Seagulls keeper.
Burton came off after an half hour suffering from a recurrence of his groin injury and was replaced by Akpo Sodje. Sam defended well at the expense of a corner. Bailey cleared at the near post for a second corner.
An effort by Reid went into the Jimmy Seed stand. Brighton won another corner. A strike by Racon was blocked. Brighton counter attacked down the right and a shot from Calderon squeezed into the corner of the net to give the Seagulls the lead on 35 minutes.
A good build up led to a shot by Bailey, who had been playing very deep, on target. Reid won Charlton a corner in the last minute of normal time. Jackson's effort was cleared.
Half time: Addicks 0, Seagulls 1
A strike by Bennett was blocked by Forster who was offside. Reid got past Calderon, but Mooney was not able to take advantage. Sodje found Mooney but Elphick intercepted well. Brighton took off Forster and youngster Chris Holroyd on loan from Cambridge United came on.
Richardson advanced well, but ran out of options. Sodje had a chance from eight yards out but he put it into the side netting. Charlton won a free kick to the left hand side of the Brighton penalty area. Richardson's effort was poor. Charlton won another free kick, but it was unproductive.
Brighton won a corner. Richardson came off and McKenzie came on. Lua Lua came off and was replaced by Gary Hart. Brighton conceded a corner kick. Jackson was replaced by Sam Sodje. Llera won Charlton a free kick. Bennett shot from 25 yards out to give Brighton their second goal as Charlton fans headed for the exit. Elliot should possibly have done better.
Elliot saved well to prevent a third for Brighton. Dailly conceded a corner kick. Reid had a free kick on the left and Llera had a strike on target. Akpo Sodje scored a consolation goal which he put over the Brighton keeper.