Powell salutes derby triumph

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CHARLTON Athletic remain six points clear at the top of npower League One after a 2-0 win over Leyton Orient.

The Addicks have had a mixed time of late but Scott Wagstaff eased any nerves today, slotting home from close-range in the seventh minute.

Dany N’Guessan then headed home with eight minutes left.

Addicks boss Chris Powell said: “I’m very pleased with the result and the clean sheet. After last week’s defeat at Huddersfield, we had a week of reflection, but also on what we needed to do in the seven games coming up.

“I felt it was a good game for us a London derby, so you don’t need much motivation for this, plus we lost to Leyton Orient on New Year’s Eve.

“We got the start I wanted and I was very pleased we nudged ahead. That gave the team confidence and in the end we ran out worthy winners.”

Huddersfield went down to a last-minute 2-1 loss at Carlisle.

Former Terriers player James Berrett opened the scoring for the hosts, who are on a late run into the play-offs, before Lee Novak equalised with 10 minutes left.

The game appeared to be heading for a draw but Lee Miller headed home in the fifth minute of injury time to leave Simon Grayson’s side eight points off automatic promotion.

MK Dons have faltered in recent weeks and slipped to a 2-1 home defeat by Brentford while Alan Sheehan’s 89th-minute goal was sufficient for Notts County to beat Oldham 1-0.