Charlton took three points away from Ewood Park this evening thanks to a first half goal by Simon Church.
Blackburn had a very early chance after only 25 seconds, but Tommy Spurr's cross was headed over the bar by Leon Best. Cameron Stewart took advantage of Kane's poor clearance on six minutes to feed Church but Dean blocked his low drive. Then, a minute later Dale Stephens's ball over the top managed to find Simon Church who, after controlling it on his chest, volleyed home. The local evening paper is full of praise for the 'superb' goal by Church: Church
Jordan Rhodes could have pulled Rovers level, but his header went straight into the hands of Ben Hamer. At the other end, Marvin Sordell made space for himself but was unable to direct his shot past Jake Kean. Hamer was again called into action, this time acrobatically turning Rhodes's volley round the post.
Best had another chance for Rovers shortly after the restart but he failed to find the target with his header. Stephens then connected with a Jordan Cousins cross but he directed his header at Kean. Charlton substitute Yann Kermorgant tried an speculative effort from his own half with his first touch, but saw the ball go wide. Goal scorer Church volleyed wide for the Addicks.
A valiant defensive effort was required and Hamer and the back four had a great game with Wood particularly outstanding and not letting anything past him.
Birmingham's heavy defeat at Leeds means that Charlton move up to 19th in the table.
A new blog, Chris Powell's Flat Cap, has a detailed report on the game: Victory