Charlton 1-2 Huddersfield: Terriers claim first victory of the season
Last Updated: 16/09/15 10:52am
Huddersfield defeated Charlton 2-1 at The Valley on Tuesday evening for their first victory of the season - and the first as a manager for Chris Powell at his former club.
The result lifted the visitors out of the Sky Bet Championship's bottom three to secure a satisfying night for former Addicks boss Powell, who was sacked by club owner Roland Duchatelet in March 2014 little over two months after he had taken charge.
Harry Bunn and Emyr Huws had the visitors two goals to the good within 34 minutes and, although the hosts pulled one back through Naby Sarr five minutes before the break, they could not force an equaliser.
Charlton, who fell to 12th in the standings after seven games, threatened first when in the fourth minute the classy Johann Gudmundsson sent a well-struck, low, left-footed shot from the edge of the area just wide of the right post.
Huddersfield responded swiftly, however, and took the lead seven minutes later with a goal Charlton will no doubt feel they could have prevented.
Taking advantage of both time and space on the right wing, midfielder Sean Scannell crossed for Bunn. He connected well with a right-footed volley, sending the ball bouncing off the turf en route to goal, but home goalkeeper Nick Pope was at fault for failing to keep it from the back of the net.
Encouraged by his first goal of the season, Bunn tested Pope minutes later with a header, this time from Mustapha Carayol's left-wing cross, but, while his effort was accurate, it lacked power and Pope routinely saved.
The goalkeeper was again central with Huddersfield's next worthwhile attack. Again from the left wing, Carayol this time sent in an inswinging cross that evaded both defence and attack and forced Pope into a reaction save which nearly fell into the path of the visiting attackers.
Capitalising on their momentum, Huddersfield's second goal came in the 34th minute. Huws, from a 25-yard free-kick, impressively curled a left-footed effort beyond the defensive wall and into the bottom-left corner. The ball was well struck but, while Pope was not directly at fault, the goalkeeper reacted too slowly to it to make a convincing attempt to save.
Within five minutes, however, Charlton - consistently struggling with the impressive Ishmael Miller's physical presence - responded with their first goal. From a free-kick on the right wing, Gudmundsson crossed towards central defender Sarr, who glanced his header beyond Huddersfield goalkeeper Jed Steer and just inside the left post.
As he did just before half-time, Charlton midfielder El-Hadji Ba threatened an equalising goal with the first attack of the second half, but still a second eluded them.
As play became more stretched and the game more open, Charlton appeared the more likely goalscorers when both substitute Zakarya Bergdich and Simon Makienok - the latter on two occasions - were well placed to score, but their accuracy was poor from in front of goal.
The second half was a more promising one for Charlton, but the equalising goal ultimately remained beyond them.