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The Valley (ATT 20,065) 2nd March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Hooper

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Championship: Charlie Austin stunner gives Burnley victory at Charlton

Last Updated: 06/03/13 11:22am

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Charlie Austin: Scored a fine winning goal

Charlie Austin: Scored a fine winning goal

Charlie Austin ended Burnley's goal drought in sensational fashion as Sean Dyche's side recorded a 1-0 victory at Charlton for their first win in seven attempts.

Austin unleashed a stunning 25-yard drive into the top corner three minutes before half-time, ending the Clarets' barren run in front of goal at 348 minutes.

The home side asserted a lot of pressure in the second period but were unable to grab a leveller as they suffered an eighth home defeat of the campaign.

Addicks boss Chris Powell made five changes from the side that lost to Nottingham Forest last weekend. Goalkeeper David Button was handed his first league start for the club and on-loan striker Jon Obika made his full debut, while Lawrie Wilson, Danny Haynes and Ricardo Fuller were brought in.

For the visitors, Alex Kacaniklic was named in the starting XI after completing a loan move from Fulham, while Junior Stanislas, Marvin Bartley, David Edgar and Martin Paterson were all recalled.

Burnley thought they had ended their goal drought after 12 minutes as Junior Stanislas threaded a ball through for Martin Paterson, who put the ball into the net but his celebrations were cut short by an offside flag.

They almost fell behind two minutes later as Johnnie Jackson's corner picked out Danny Haynes in the area but his header was tipped over by Lee Grant.

But it was the Clarets who were on top throughout the first half.

Charlton failed to respond to a quick corner in the 25th minute and Alex Kacaniklic - on his Burnley debut - collected the ball and unleashed a fierce effort that was pushed away by David Button.

Next Stanislas broke dangerously and fed Austin down the left, but the striker was thwarted by a lunging Lawrie Wilson, who successfully deflected the ball wide.

Austin was not to be denied with his next sight of goal as he notched his 25th goal of the campaign in spectacular fashion, leaving Button with no chance from outside the area.

Charlton almost levelled immediately after the half-time interval. A long ball from Michael Morrison was flicked on by Ricardo Fuller towards Bradley Pritchard whose effort was deflected narrowly wide for a corner.

Ten minutes later Button almost handed Austin an easy second as he fumbled Kieran Trippier's cross but he recovered to smother at the striker's feet before the 23-year-old could pounce.

Grant was in more assured form at the other end as he kept his side's lead intact with a brilliant diving save to keep out Danny Haynes' close-range header.

The Addicks finished strongly as they searched for an equaliser. With 10 minutes left Haynes' flick-on found Morrison at the far post but he could not get his header on target and Burnley held on for the win.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

Match Reaction

Defeat frustrates Powell

Defeat frustrates Powell

Charlton manager Chris Powell cut a frustrated figure after seeing his side defeated 1-0 at home by Burnley.