Jackson and Wagstaff lead Charlton to victory

By Rob Virtue on January 12, 2013 5:01 PM |

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Goals from captain Johnnie Jackson and Scott Wagstaff, who was making his first league appearance of the season, helped Charlton to victory over managerless Blackpool.

It was the Addicks' first home win on a Saturday this season and saw them move up to 14th position.

Blackpool, whose boss Michael Appleton left for rivals Blackburn on the eve of this clash, actually started the strongest with journeyman striker Kevin Phillips catching the outside of the post with a header in the opening minutes.

It was a first 20 minutes bereft of urgency from the home side and it took a lengthy break after a head injury to Matt Taylor, giving the Addicks a chance to reorganise, to spur them into action.

First came a warning. Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso had to clear from under the bar after a Matt Taylor header on goal.

And moments later the execution, albeit messy, when the ball fell kindly for Johnnie Jackson on the edge of the box and the Addicks' captain scuffed his shot past goalkeeper Matt Gilks to put Charlton ahead on 23 minutes.

As the game wore on Blackpoool became more frustrated and Charlton just had to bide their time for another opening. It took a while but in first half injury-time Lawrie Wilson broke down the right.

His inch perfect cross found Jackson diving in, but after Gilks somehow parried the header, Wagstaff had the easy task of slotting it into the empty net.

Both side struggled to fashion much after the break, with the most noteworthy a Tom Ince effort dragged wide for Blackpool.

At the other end, Dale Stephens blasted a shot over when well placed in a forgettable second half of football.

Former Charlton loanee Nathan Ecclestone did give the away fans something to shout about, firing in a consolation in injury time but the points would remain at The Valley.

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