Conor Washington’s second-half penalty was enough to give Charlton Athletic a 3-2 victory over Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night in Sky Bet League One, in what was an entertaining clash at The Valley.
The Addicks made four changes for this one as Ben Purrington and Albie Morgan came into the side, along with Ben Watson and Ryan Inniss who had both served a suspension against Portsmouth.
Fleetwood manager Joey Barton, meanwhile, opted to leave both Callum Camps and Paddy Madden on the bench after the pair had fired the Cod Army to the win over Oxford at the weekend.
Charlton took the lead early on here in SE7. A succession of crosses from the left-hand side, one a free-kick and two from corners, eventually yielded a goal at the third attempt. Ben Purrington, back in his more familiar left-back role having deputised in the middle at times this season, rose well and nodded home to give the Addicks the early initiative.
Fleetwood would respond by enjoying some decent possession but the next pair of chances also came the home side’s way. Omar Bogle curled over from the right-hand side of the box, whilst Ben Purrington again met a corner, this time flicked on from Ben Watson, but he could not control his finish at the far post.
Watson would then have a chance of his own as Conor Washington laid him off on the edge of the box, with the midfielder coaxing his effort wide – this just moments after Fleetwood had seen Callum Connolly nod over from a Paul Coutts cross.
Then, in four barmy minutes, we had three goals. Washington opened his account for the evening after Jayson Leutwiler could only parry Omar Bogle’s effort into his path and, with the Addicks not conceding in over nine hours, you wondered if that might be that.
Instead, though, they conceded twice in two minutes as Ched Evans found space in the box for his first, finishing smartly on his right, before moments later tucking home a Barrie McKay cross at the far post.
A truly bonkers few minutes and it would see us level at the break.
Lee Bowyer would have wanted a quick start again for the second half, then, whilst Joey Barton would have wanted Fleetwood to again avoid conceding early – it was the man in the home dugout that got his wish.
Neat play saw Albie Morgan wriggle into the box where he was felled by Danny Andrew. Conor Washington gladly stepped up to double his tally for the evening, firing home out of the reach of Leutwiler’s dive.
Fleetwood needed to respond for a third time, then, but it wasn’t for another 20 minutes that they threatened to do so, with Ched Evans once again at the centre of it. A fine leap from the striker saw him send a header goal-bound but Ben Amos was this time equal to his effort, tipping it over the bar.
The stopper has had a fine season thus far and was needed again shortly after as Callum Camps, on as a sub, saw his low drive smartly smothered by the Charlton keeper.
A couple of openings for the Cod Army, then, who then laid one on a plate for their hosts as Tom Edwards’ poor back-pass was latched onto by Omar Bogle. The striker rushed onto it but his dink didn’t clear Leutwiler, who was quick to react in fairness.
That would be Bogle’s last action in fact and it was his replacement, Chuks Aneke, who had the next two opportunities here. First, he’d drive from the right and shoot on the edge of the box left-footed, smacking the post, before moments later working space in the area but firing wide with his right.
Naturally, Fleetwood would push for an equaliser and Danny Andrews would try his luck from range late on, only to see his shot cannon off of Ben Watson and drift out of play.
And that would be our lot on a chilly night in south-east London. No double figures in terms of hours without a goal conceded for Charlton then but, more importantly, another three points for the Addicks as they made it a super six wins in a row.