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The Valley (ATT 13,433) 21st October 2014 - Kick off 19:45

Charlton Charlton Athletic vs Bolton Wanderers Bolton

Charlton 2

G Tucudean (28)
J Jackson (51)

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Bolton 1

D Moxey (54)

Championship: Charlton inflict first defeat on Bolton boss Neil Lennon with 2-1 win at The Valley

Last Updated: 22/10/14 11:07am

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Johnnie Jackson: Celebrates his winning goal against Bolton

Johnnie Jackson: Celebrates his winning goal against Bolton

Neil Lennon's winning start as Bolton boss came to a halt as Charlton grabbed a 2-1 victory at The Valley.

Lennon had guided Wanderers to their first away victory of the season at Birmingham on Saturday while Charlton's unbeaten record was ended by Bournemouth.

But normal service was resumed as goals from George Tucudean and Johnnie Jackson got the Addicks back to winning ways despite Dean Moxey pulling one back for the visitors, who remain in the bottom three.

Nevertheless, Lennon has clearly made an impact since replacing Dougie Freedman, and his new side were the better team for long periods.

The former Celtic manager also clearly had not learned his lesson from Saturday, when he was sent to the stands for persistently leaving his technical area, as he raced down the touchline to protest against an offside decision shortly after Tucudean struck.

Bolton, looking far more confident than they ever seemed to under Freedman, created the better early chances with Lee Chung-yong and Jermaine Beckford forcing saves from home keeper Stephen Henderson.

Clear-cut

But Charlton scored with their first clear-cut opportunity in the 27th minute when Yoni Buyons spotted Tucudean's run behind the Bolton back four and found the Romanian with a clever ball over the top.

Tucudean still had plenty to do, but he brought the ball down superbly before striding towards goal and tucking it past Andy Lonergan for his second goal of the season.

Bolton pushed for an equaliser before half-time and former Charlton defender Dorian Dervite headed narrowly over from a corner before Beckford took an air shot in front of goal.

But the Addicks made it to the break in front and then doubled their lead five minutes after the restart when Tucudean squared the ball for skipper Jackson to slot home from 15 yards.

However, within three minutes Bolton had halved the arrears when Charlton cleared a corner only as far as Moxey on the edge of the area, and the left-back crashed a superb low drive past Henderson and into the corner of the net.

Urged on by Lennon, Bolton again went in search of a leveller and they came agonisingly close when Dervite's header was cleared from underneath the crossbar by Rhoys Wiggins.

But they could not find a way past a resolute Charlton, who weathered the late storm and dealt Lennon his first taste of defeat with the Trotters.

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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

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