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The Valley (ATT 15,917) 21st September 2013 - Kick off 12:15 Ref: A D'Urso

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Championship: Millwall edge a nervy encounter to earn 1-0 win at Charlton

Last Updated: 21/09/13 5:04pm

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Scott McDonald: Netted winner for Millwall

Scott McDonald: Netted winner for Millwall

Scott McDonald's first goal for Millwall earned Steve Lomas' side a 1-0 win over Charlton in the south London derby at The Valley.

The former Middlesbrough striker opened his Lions account shortly before half-time with a deflected effort from outside the area.

McDonald's strike means Millwall, who looked a club in crisis after propping up the table with no wins from their first six matches of the season, have now leapfrogged their neighbours in the standings.

It was a far cry from this time last week, when disgruntled home fans were calling for Lomas' head after a 5-1 capitulation against Derby.

Instead they made the short trip across south London buoyed by their first win of the season against Blackpool in midweek.

But Charlton made the brighter start and skipper Johnnie Jackson fizzed a 20-yard drive narrowly over the crossbar.

Millwall soon got into their stride, though, and Ben Hamer got down well to keep out long-range efforts from Martyn Waghorn and former Charlton midfielder Nicky Bailey.

And the Lions made the breakthrough in the 38th minute, with the aid of a wicked deflection off Dorian Dervite.

Hamer was already diving to his right to keep out McDonald's speculative 25-yard drive when it flicked off defender Dervite and rolled inside the keeper's left-hand post.

Charlton could have equalised 30 seconds into the second half when Dale Stephens collected the ball on the edge of the area but the midfielder could not keep his shot down.

But the Addicks, without their top scorer Yann Kermorgant through injury and with 19-year-old striker Joe Pigott making his full league debut, rarely looked like pulling level.

Simon Church had their best chance 14 minutes from the end when he was put through by sub Marvin Sordell.

The striker shaped to curl the ball round David Forde but the Lions keeper read his intentions too easily and made the save low to his left.

At the other end Millwall sub Steve Morison could have grabbed his second goal in two games but his shot was beaten away by Hamer, with Waghorn unable to get on the end of the rebound, and Scott Malone fired an angled drive into the side-netting.

However, one goal was enough to send the Millwall fans home happy while those of a Charlton persuasion were left voicing their discontent.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26