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The Valley (ATT 17,333) 22nd February 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Charlton Charlton Athletic vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

Charlton 1

J Jackson (90+2)

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QPR 0

Sky Bet Championship: Charlton snatch late 1-0 win against QPR

Last Updated: 22/02/14 5:36pm

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Johnnie Jackson (l): Headed Charlton to three points

Johnnie Jackson (l): Headed Charlton to three points

Captain Johnnie Jackson headed home a stoppage-time winner as Charlton edged promotion-chasing QPR 1-0 in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

Jackson nodded in an Astrit Ajdarevic corner from a tight angle at the back post to secure the Addicks' first league win since Boxing Day.

Hard-working Charlton nullified the threat of their rivals from west London, who have now lost three games in a row and are slipping well behind the top two automatic promotion places.

Perhaps with one eye on Monday's FA Cup tie against Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton boss Chris Powell made four changes to his starting line-up with Dorian Dervite, Danny Green, Simon Church and Rhys Wiggins all returning.

Harry Redknapp had to make do without the suspended Joey Barton, so Tom Carroll started in midfield, while Ravel Morrison made his debut after signing on loan from West Ham.

Although QPR played the more intricate and neat football in the early stages, it was Charlton who could have gone ahead after 12 minutes.

Jordan Cousins hit a cracking drive from almost 30 yards, which hit Rob Green's left upright. Reza Ghoochannejhad snatched at the follow-up, which came back off Green's left post with the keeper stranded.

Had Danny Green made a better choice, the Addicks may have had another opportunity but he played a reverse pass when Cousins was far better placed.

Kevin Doyle had a shot blocked by Dorian Dervite and the ball would not fall kindly for him in another R's attack.

Nedum Onuoha went over in the box under a Michael Morrison challenge, but failed to win a penalty.

At the other end, Iran international Ghoochannejhad directed a header from a Wiggins cross straight to Green.

Redknapp tried to shake things up by replacing the ineffective Junior Hoilett with on-loan Manchester United youngster Will Keane.

Moments later Rangers squandered by far their best opening when an unmarked Morrison lashed a 14-yard shot well wide.

Powell responded with a double substitution as Marcus Tudgay made his Charlton debut the day after signing on loan from Nottingham Forest.

The visitors passed up another amazing chance when substitute Modibo Maiga was gifted the ball by the Yohann Thuram-Ulien. After going around the despairing Charlton goalkeeper, the Rangers substitute lost control and the ball went out of play.

And they were made to pay in stoppage time, when Jackson's last-gasp intervention sealed the points for the hosts.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
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 45 54
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 45 25