Chris Solly was on the bench as Charlton faced Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium. The masked Wilson replaced Wood and Obika was left out altogether. The attendance was 28,670 with 1,869 Addickted.
Brighton tried early snap shots, but to little effect. They also tried balls over the top. Unfortunately, a terrible mistake by Poyet gave Lua Lua a free run on goal giving Ben Hamer no chance and putting Brighton 1-0 ahead on 12 minutes through Lingard. Hamer saved as LuaLua threatened again.
Charlton won their first corner after a mix up between Brighton defenders, but it was ineffective. The Addicks tried to keep up the pressure, but nothing came of it in the end. Poyet fed Sordell, but the tackle came in. Nevertheless, Charlton were having a go.
The crowd quietened as the match entered something of a lull on the 30 minute mark. The Brighton fans sang an uncomplimentary song about Palace and the Addickted joined in. Brighton won a corner after a shot deflected off Wiggins. Brighton kept up the pressure after the corner and Hamer had to read the chip well.
Dervite put in a great run and ball, but Sordell’s control was appalling. Brighton advanced, but Poyet won the ball. Jordan Cousins got past three men, but Reza hit the bar in the 42nd minute after a deflection. Brighton counter attacked, they were way offside but made it 2-0 through top scorer Ulloa.
HT: Seagulls 2, Addicks 0
Astrid was brought off for the second half and Harriott came on. The keeper dropped a cross from Harriott, but there was no one there to take advantage. A cross from Lingard was blocked by Dervite.
Ben Hamer read a long ball forward well and made the claim. Lua Lua put in a shot that went just wide after a deflection off Morrison leading to a corner take by Dale Stephens. Ben Hamer put the ball behind for a second corner. Hamer punched not too convincingly. The ball was provided for Lingard, but with only Hamer to beat he swept it over the bar.
Brighton won another corner after Lingard beat the offside trap. Morrison got his head to Lingard’s corner and Reza completed the clearance. Wilson conceded a corner. Ben Hamer deflected the ball away. Lua Lua was taken off by Brighton. Of more importance to the Addickted, Solly came on in place of Reza.
A Jackson free kick went out of play for a goal kick. Solly defended well for Charlton as the Seagulls threatened. Dervite conceded a free kick on the edge of the ‘D’. Hamer injured his shoulder when he defended the free kick. Jackson came off and Church came on.
Charlton won a late corner, but it was unproductive. Cousins won the ball off Stephens and was then fouled. Sordell almost got to a free kick. Brighton counter attacked and made it 3-0 with the ball taking a deflection off Dervite.
Millwall got a last minute equaliser to salvage a point and are now just one point behind us. However, we are just one point behind Blackpool, who lost at Leeds, and Doncaster also lost. It's a crucial game on Tuesday.