Charlton vs Birm’ham
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Charlton missed the chance to go high in this Sky Bet Championship as Birmingham defeated them 1-0 at The Valley.
A goal by old debutant Jude Bellingham that is full at the second half was enough to derail the London side, who dropped the very first time this season.
Charlton were weakened with talisman Lyle Taylor missing when playing Monserrat, after picking up a knock in the week, before kick-off.
Although neither side created much in the way of chances in the opening stage, the dropped to the hosts once Chris Solly fired over from just inside the box.
A header on the half-hour indicate by Tomer Hemed went wide of the article, while Jonathan Leko found space but fired his effort off-target.
Birmingham began to press, and after 39 minutes Lukas Jutkiewicz compelled goalkeeper Dillon Phillips to tilt.
The people took the lead seven minutes after the restart when Maxime Colin squared to Kerim Mrabti, who slid the ball to shoot house to the area for Bellingham’s middle.
Charlton made a change just before the hour mark after Jonny Williams replaced Erhun Oztumer.
Birmingham looked dangerous on the break, although the hosts began to press. Colin discovered Jutkiewicz, who watched Phillips nudge his shot and engineered a yearlong.
Charlton made a shift together with Sam Field making method for Chuks Aneke.
Lee Camp created his first save a minute later if he did well to block a push by Solly.
A minute after, the Birmingham keeper was again called into action if a push turned into by Conor Gallagher.
The home team made their third and last change of the afternoon after 78 minutes when Leko was replaced by Beram Kayal.
With two minutes of regulation time Hemed put the ball from five yards out later Aneke fed through him.
Referee Matthew Donohue permitted half an injury time caused controversy when he dismissed Charlton manager Lee Bowyer from the touchline.
Despite Phillips going up front from the dying moments of the match, the lone attack by Bellingham was enough for Birmingham to maintain the win.
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