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MATCHDAY LIVE: Charlton Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
Updated 6:35pm Saturday 26th April 2014 in Sport
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- WELCOME to The Valley for Blackburn Rovers' must-win Championship match with Charlton Athletic. Keep up to date with the score with our matchday live blog.
Report to follow. Rovers will have a chance, albeit a small one, of making the play-offs on the last day.
FULL-TIME Charlton 1 Rovers 3.
Another chance goes begging, Rudy Gestede six yards out from Tom Cairney cross saved.
SUB for Rovers. Chris Taylor on, Craig Conway off.
Liam Feeney drags wide. Should have scored. And as things stand, Rovers need every goal they can get if they are to stand any chance of getting into the play-offs.
SUB for Rovers as Lee Williamson replaces Jordan Rhodes.
Marvin Sordell gets behind Grant Hanley but can't direct strike goalwards. Should have done better.
Good cross Liam Feeney and flashed Jordan Rhodes header gathered by Ben Hamer.
Johnnie Jackson curls a free kick inches over the bar.
SUB for Rovers as Josh Kings comes off to be replaced by Liam Feeney.
Swerving shot from distance calls Paul Robinson into action. End-to-end stuff.
Rovers threaten a fourth, more good play by Josh King ends with him firing in a shot which took a deflection - and from the resulting Craig Conway corner Rudy Gestede thumps a header against the angle of bar and post.
Great play by Tom Cairney and Josh King ends with the former tapping in after Jordan Rhodes sees an effort cleared off the line.
GOAL 3-1 Rovers. Tom Cainrey. 63 mins.
Craig Conway drives wide from 20 yards as Rovers bid to restore their two-goal advantage.
Charlton reduce the deficit within three minutes as Marvin Sordell, who missed that first-half penalty, curling a low shot past Paul Robinson from the edge of the box.
GOAL 1-2 Charlton. Marvin Sordell. 54 mins.
Craig Conway swings in one of his superb free-kick deliveries and Michael Keane expertly guides the ball into the back of the net with his head to give Rovers breathing space.
GOAL 2-0 Rovers. Michael Keane.
Better touch there from Callum Harriott and the Charlton winger could have been in.
Second half is under way. No changes for either side.
HALF-TIME Charlton 0 Rovers 1.
Craig Conway fires wide on the turn after another thrilling run from Josh King.
From resulting Craig Conway corner Michael Keane header easily gathered by Charlton keeper.
Two minutes of added time. Josh King once again a real threat.
Marvin Sordell, who won the penalty, sees his spot-kick saved by Paul Robinson, who guessed the right way. Rovers still lead.
Mistake from Matt Kilgallon compounded by Grant Hanley foul in the box on Marvin Sordell.
BOOKED Morgan Fox for cynical tackle on Craig Conway who was away down the line. Apologies, Corry Evans did not get cautioned earlier. How I don't know.
Rovers could and possibly should be 2-0 up. Tom Cairney wins the ball mid-way in the Charlton half and plays in Josh King, who advances before dragging an angled shot just past the far post.
Good response by Charlton, Astrit Ajdarevic sending an overhead-kick wide. Paul Robinson had it covered.
All came from a brilliant challenge on the halfway line from captain Grant Hanley and ended with Josh King crossing to the back post where red-hot Rudy Gestede directed a downward past Ben Hamer at his post.
GOAL 1-0 Rovers. Rudy Gestede. 26 mins.
Jordan Rhodes is back on.
And there we have it. Tom Cairney flicks the ball to Rudy Gestede who then flicks it over the home defence for Jordan Rhodes who, bravely went for the ball with the out-rushing header, and nodded just wide. Defenders tracking back had it covered. Rhodes down injured. 23 mins. 0-0.
From a deep Johnnie Jackson corner Michael Morrison sends a looping header over. Still waiting for that first clear-cut chance.
Great cross from Markus Olsson would have found Rudy Gestede had it not been for an equally impressive clearance from Dorian Dervite.
Grant Hanley gives free kick away on the edge of the box but the resulting effort hit the Rovers wall. Hosts edging it.
Two pieces of good defending from Matt Killgallon denies Marvin Sordell a clear shot at goal.
Rovers have a corner. Neither keeper troubled yet.
We are under way.
Rovers have made two changes for this afternoon’s Championship clash with Charlton Athletic at The Valley – a clash they must win if they are to remain in with a chance of making the play-offs.
Fit-again duo Tom Cairney and Michael Keane return to Gary Bowyer’s starting line-up at the expense of Jason Lowe, who hurt his ankle in Monday’s 4-2 win at Birmingham City, and Todd Kane.
Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Fox, Dervite, Morrison, Cousins, Poyet, Ajdarevic, Jackson, Harriott, Sordell. Subs: Thuram-Ulien, Wood, Ghoochannejhad, Church, Obika, Petrucci, Wilson.
Rovers: Robinson, Keane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Olsson, King, Cairney, Evans, Conway, Gestede, Rhodes. Subs: Eastwood, Kane, Varney, Williamson, Taylor, Feeney, Rittenberg.
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