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Sky Bet League 1

The Valley (ATT 20,992) 21st January 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Deadman

Charlton Charlton Athletic vs Sheffield United Sheff Utd

Charlton 1

J Jackson (21)
D Russell (S/O 85)

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Sheff Utd 0

J Beattie (S/O 86)

Jackson main man for Addicks

Last Updated: 21/01/12 7:15pm

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Jackson: Hits his free-kick for Charlton

Jackson: Hits his free-kick for Charlton

Johnnie Jackson's first-half free-kick secured Charlton a 1-0 home win over Sheffield United and strengthened their title bid.

Both sides finished Saturday's League One clash at The Valley with 10 men after substitutes Darel Russell and James Beattie saw red late on and although the Blades began brightly, they were undone when Charlton were awarded a free-kick following a foul on Danny Hollands by Neil Collins 25 yards from Steve Simonsen's goal.

Addicks skipper Jackson scored in almost identical circumstances in last week's 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday and repeated the feat by smashing his 21st-minute free-kick past Simonsen to put the leaders in front.

United had a goal ruled out after Richard Cresswell was adjudged to have fouled goalkeeper Ben Hamer, while Harry Maguire headed just over the crossbar before the break.

Hamer almost gifted the Blades a 67th-minute equaliser when the Addicks keeper dropped the ball, but Ched Evans failed to capitalise and placed his shot over the bar.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men in the 85th minute when Addicks substitute Russell went in for a challenge on Kevin McDonald with his studs showing and Beattie received his marching orders for violent conduct after an offence spotted by the linesman in the melee that followed.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 21 42
2 Milton Keynes Dons 20 41
3 Swindon Town 21 41
4 Preston North End 21 41
5 Sheffield United 21 33
6 Rochdale 21 31
7 Notts County 20 31
8 Bradford City 21 30
9 Peterborough United 21 30
10 Oldham Athletic 21 30
11 Chesterfield 21 28
12 Fleetwood Town 21 27
13 Walsall 21 27
14 Barnsley 21 26
15 Port Vale 21 26
16 Doncaster Rovers 20 26
17 Coventry City 21 25
18 Scunthorpe United 20 23
19 Gillingham 21 22
20 Crawley Town 21 22
21 Colchester United 21 20
22 Yeovil Town 21 20
23 Leyton Orient 21 19
24 Crewe Alexandra 21 19