A hat trick from the much criticised Marvin Sordell gave Charlton a 3-2 victory at Sheffield Wednesday today and put them in 18th place at the top of the Championship Relegation League given generally favourable results elsewhere. Sordell had previously only scored four goals this season.
Wednesday's Atdhe Nuhiu put the Owls ahead after two minutes and Chris Maguire added a second from Nuhiu's pass five minutes later. But Sordell finished from Callum Harriott's cross in the 10th minute and equalised two minutes before the break.
The Addicks got off to a poor start in the third minute when Nuhiu volleyed in from a tight angle from Miguel Llera's cross. The hosts doubled their advantage when Nuhiu broke down the right and crossed for Maguire to curl in from the edge of the area. But Sordell pulled one back soon after when he made the most of defensive hesitancy from the Owls to guide a shot into the bottom corner.
Sordell pulled the Addicks level just before half-time when he latched on to Harriott's pass and beat Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
After the break, Sordell continued to cause Wednesday’s defence problems, shooting wide from distance before forcing Kirkland into a smart save at his near post after shrugging off Oguchi Onyewu’s tackle. Wednesday failed to heed those warnings as Sordell completed his hat-trick and a remarkable turnaround in the 63rd minute. He intercepted Nuhiu’s sloppy back pass, broke between two Owls defenders and dribbled forward at pace before coolly stroking in a right foot effort.
Interesting to note that five of the players who started for Charlton had come through the Academy.