Charlton 2 Wigan 1: Moussa snatches victory at the death

By Rob Virtue on August 16, 2014 5:02 PM |

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Charlton secured three points in their first home match of the league campaign thanks to a Franck Moussa winner on his debut.

For much of the match it was a deeply tactical encounter but it ended in a frantic finale at The Valley to leave the Addicks jubilant at the full-time whistle.

Wigan had all the possession in the opening minutes but when Charlton did get near the goal on eight minutes Jordan Cousins made no mistake.

Johan Gudmundsson switched play to the left and the Addicks youngster cut inside before curling the ball into the top corner from 20 yards out.

The equaliser was to come on 22 minutes. A long ball over the top caught out Rhoys Wiggins and tricky winger Callum McManaman took it inside the box, turned Wiggins again and slipped the ball across goal and into the net from the tightest of angles.

Wiggins was given the chance to atone 10 minutes before the break after being put through by Cousins but former Charlton stopper Scott Carson parried the ball to safety.

A Gudmundsson shot was easily saved early in the second-half before Carson managed to fingertip a deflected Igor Vetokele shot around the near post after the Angolan international had escaped down the left flank.

The Addicks then made an enforced change with Nick Pope replacing Stephen Henderson after the goalkeeper went down with an ankle injury.

With the game heading towards a draw, Charlton piled forward. On 88 minutes they had a glorious chance to snatch a late goal but Vetokele completely misskicked a Chris Solly cross before Gudmundsson failed to control.

Sub Moussa then fired a shot just wide.

There was still time for Vetokele to race through on goal but Carson saved superbly.

But deep into injury timem Charlton snatched the winner in cruel fashion. Vetokele laid the ball off to Moussa whose shot was deflected over a despairing Carson and into the net.

Charlton: Henderson (Pope 68), Solly, Ben Haim, Bikey, Wiggins; Gudmundsson, Buyens, Jackson (Wilson 75), Cousins; Tucudean (Moussa 60), Vetokele. Subs not used: Morrison, Harriott, Church, Fox.

Wigan: Carson, Perch, Ramis, Kiernan, Taylor; McManaman, McArthur, Cowie (Espinoza 78), Huws; Fortune (Waghorn 69), Riera (Maloney 45). Subs not used: Al Habsi, Tavernier, Caldwell, Barnett.