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The Valley (ATT 13,253) 25th April 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Miller

Charlton Charlton Athletic vs Rochdale Rochdale

Charlton 3

T Racon (31)
D Parrett (52)
N Eccleston (76)

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Rochdale 1

M Holness (51)

Rochdale suffer play-off blow

Last Updated: 25/04/11 7:19pm

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Parrett: Keeping Jason Kennedy at bay

Parrett: Keeping Jason Kennedy at bay

Rochdale's play-off hopes suffered a blow after they were comfortably beaten 3-1 by Charlton at The Valley on Monday.

Charlton enjoyed a bright start, but had to wait until the 31st minute to make the breakthrough. Bradley Wright-Phillips played in Therry Racon and the Addicks midfielder drilled a low shot beyond the reach of Rochdale goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams from 20 yards.

Charlton were unfortunate not to double the lead just before the break when Wright-Phillips again turned provider, finding Nathan Eccleston just inside the area. The on-loan Liverpool player did well to create space for himself before firing in a shot that Fon Williams pushed wide.

Rochdale drew level in the 51st minute after Marcus Holness headed home at the second attempt from Brian Barry-Murphy's corner having seen his initial effort saved by Addicks goalkeeper John Sullivan.

But Charlton were back in front within 60 seconds as Dean Parrett fired a shot into the bottom left corner from 25 yards.

The outcome was put beyond doubt when Paul Benson's 76th-minute cross was headed home by Eccleston to wrap up only Charlton's second win in 17 league games.

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1 Swindon Town 26 54
2 Bristol City 25 54
3 Milton Keynes Dons 26 52
4 Preston North End 26 47
5 Chesterfield 26 38
6 Rochdale 25 37
7 Fleetwood Town 27 37
8 Bradford City 25 36
9 Sheffield United 24 36
10 Notts County 26 35
11 Doncaster Rovers 25 35
12 Port Vale 27 35
13 Peterborough United 26 34
14 Oldham Athletic 25 34
15 Walsall 26 33
16 Gillingham 27 31
17 Scunthorpe United 24 30
18 Coventry City 27 30
19 Barnsley 25 29
20 Crewe Alexandra 26 29
21 Colchester United 26 27
22 Leyton Orient 26 26
23 Yeovil Town 27 25
24 Crawley Town 27 24