It makes a change from conceding late goals. Charlton scored a late winner through captain Jason Pearce in a 2-1 victory over Burton Albion at the Pirelli Stadium tonight in front of a crowd of 2,348.
The Addicks remain in 6th place with teams above them winning apart from Barnsley who lost at Sunderland, but are two points ahead of the team in 7th place (Doncaster who beat Blackpool 2-0).. It was a rather fortunate victory with the Brewers having 57 per cent of the possession, but there was some good defensive work, including crucial saves by Steer.
Burton went ahead with a rather soft penalty on 24 minutes, but the Addicks won a penalty on 31 minutes converted by Karlan Grant.
On nine minutes Naby Sarr nearly scored an own goal. Bauer made a good block in the box to halt danger man Boyce. On 22 minutes Steer made a super save on to the bar from a header. The rebound went into the net but was ruled offside.
On 24 minutes a Burton player went down over Bielik's trailing foot and the referee awarded a soft penalty which was scored by Akins. The referee had to award Charlton a penalty when Grant was fouled. He took it and, although the keeper got a hand to it, he made it 1-1. On 43 minutes Pearce blocked Cole.
On 54 minutes Aribo pulled the ball back to Lapslie, but his drive was blocked. Sarr made a great challenge when Fraser was clear through on goal. Ward replaced Bielik on 69 minutes. An effort by Taylor was hacked off the line. Fosu was replaced by Marshall. On 87 minutes Pearce scored following a Charlton corner. The Addicks held firm in the five minutes added on.
Lee Bowyer commented, 'Did we deserve the three points? No. But there's a lot of games that we did deserve the three points and left with nothing this season so I'm going to take this one and run.'
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Local police said they were investigating a smash and grab raid at the Pirelli Stadium involving the theft of three points with those responsible having made off in a coach towards London.