Charlton vs Birm’ham
Sky Bet Ch’boat
3:00pm Saturday 14th September
Charlton missed the opportunity to go top of this Sky Bet Championship as they were defeated 1-0 by Birmingham at The Valley.
A goal in the second half by old debutant Jude Bellingham was sufficient to derail the south London side, who lost for the first time this season.
Charlton were weakened using talisman Lyle Taylor missing whilst enjoying for Monserrat after picking up a knock in the week, before kick-off.
Although neither side created much in the opening stage, the fell to the hosts once Chris Solly fired from just inside the box.
A diving header over the half-hour mark by Tomer Hemed went wide of the post, although space was discovered by Jonathan Leko following 34 minutes but fired his campaign off-target.
Birmingham started to presson, and after 39 minutes goalkeeper Dillon Phillips was compelled by Lukas Jutkiewicz to tilt over the crossbar.
The visitors took the lead seven minutes after the restart when Maxime Colin squared to Kerim Mrabti, who slid the ball to the place for Bellingham’s middle to fire house.
Charlton decided when Erhun Oztumer was replaced by Jonny Williams just before the hour mark.
Birmingham still looked dangerous on the break, although the hosts started to press. Colin found Jutkiewicz, who again saw Phillips nudge his shot over the woodwork and engineered a yearlong run after 65 minutes.
A change that was second was made by charlton after 71 minutes, together with Sam Field.
If he did well to block a drive by 21, lee Camp made his first real save a minute later.
If he turned into a minimal drive A minute later, the Birmingham keeper was called into action.
The home team made their last and third change of this day after 78 minutes when Beram Kayal substituted Leko.
After Aneke fed him with two minutes of time Hemed put the ball over the bar from five yards out.
Referee Matthew Donohue permitted half an injury time but caused controversy when he dismissed Charlton manager Lee Bowyer from the touchline.
The solitary attack by Bellingham was sufficient for Birmingham to claim the win, despite Phillips heading up front from the dying moments of the game.