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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
21:42 2nd November 2010

Report: Town 0 Charlton Athletic 3

Town went down to a demoralising 3-0 home defeat to Charlton Athletic, after a promising first half and a disastrous second.

It was the hosts who made the brighter start to the clash, and created two good chances within the opening six minutes, but Vincent Pericard and Charlie Austin saw their 15-yard shots blocked well by Christian Dailly and Addicks 'keeper Rob Elliot respectively.

Town were looking confident in possession and by far the most likely of the sides to open the scoring, but it was the visitors who did just that after 12 minutes through former Town loanee Johnnie Jackson.

Addicks right-back Simon Francis floated a free-kick towards the edge of the area which fell to Joe Anyinsah, and after his initial shot was blocked, the ball bobbled fortuitously through to Jackson, who hit a low shot past Phil Smith and into the net.

Charlton Athletic's Therry Racon (right) and Swindon Town's Paul Caddis (left) battle for the ball

Town continued to press in spite of going behind and looked dangerous with a succession of Michael Rose corners, but it was Charlton who might have doubled their lead after 22 minutes as Anyinsah pulled down a Scott Wagstaff cross brilliantly, swivelled and shot but found Phil Smith in top form - the 'keeper blocking the shot with his chest from point blank range.

The hosts continued to play the better football, and went close on two occasions just after the half hour mark, as first Charlie Austin was again denied well by Elliot after finding space on the edge of the box, before Paul Caddis broke swiftly from midfield and shot just wide from 20 yards out.

Charlton finished the half on the front foot, and could have increased their lead had Paul Benson's overhead kick looped an inch lower, but it dropped over the top, and they went in one goal to the good.

Charlton Athletic's Johnnie Jackson scores his sides first goal of the game

That soon became two shortly after the break however, as Matt Fry crossed for Joe Anyinsah who nodded the ball into the top corner via the post to stretch the Addicks' advantage.

The second really took the stuffing out of the hosts, and they could have found themselves even further behind had it not been for Charlie Austin and Phil Smith, who denied Gary Doherty and Paul Benson on the goal line from successive corners.

If the second had taken the stuffing out of them, the third Addicks goal killed Town off, as Scott Wagstaff beat Alan O'Brien on the left, chipped his cross to the back post, and Paul Benson nodded it home.

In truth, Town had not looked likely to breach the Addicks' backline since Austin's miss early in the second half, and despite a late Rose free-kick which passed just over the bar, Danny Wilson's side failed to test Elliot again, and were in the end well beaten.

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