danny Wilson’s Sheffield United Dslipped to their second defeat in a row as the League One leaders extended their unbeaten start.
Charlton’s form, in League One at least, has been nothing short of irresistible.
Charlton travelled north unbeaten in League One and with only one setback - against fellow high-flyers Preston North End in the Carling Cup - to their name since hostilities resumed in August.
Those statistics prompted both benches to profess their respect for the other’s achievements beforehand.
Jean-Francois, restored to the starting 11 at left-back, tried his luck with a powerful strike with Lowton sending a low free-kick scuttling into the area soon after.
The South American’s positive start continued when he headed clear a ninth minute throw at the other end of the pitch.
Evans produced a mazy run, which twisted two defenders this way and that, won United a 14th minute corner. Collins rose to meet it and headed goalwards but, despite Quinn’s best efforts, Jackson hacked off the line.
Collins regained his composure to produce a perfectly executed tackle on Wright-Phillips moments later. Had it been mistimed then referee Mathieson would surely have pointed to the spot.
The game was continuing in the same vein as it had for the opening 45 minutes.
Plenty of industry and endeavour.
But only the odd glimpse of ingenuity or class.
With the heat doubtless sapping both team’s energy levels, it was no surprise to see Powell make a change just past the hour when Hayes made way for KERMORGANT.
His first task was to score that all important first goal.
Wright-Phillips forced Maguire to concede a corner and when Stephens whipped it in, the Charlton substitute headed the ball home just seconds after coming on in the 64th minute. Charlton doubled their lead when Collins dithered and WRIGHT-PHILLIPS seized his chance at the second attempt after Simonsen had smothered his first strike.
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