Two late goals, including a penalty in the 87th minute, meant that Charlton took all the points on their trip to Cardiff.
Cardiff manager called the turnaround a “mugging” after Federico Macheda had given the home side the break in the 56th minute but both sides, stuck in mid-table, gave the game a go. Both have relatively new managers keen to impress the fans and make a mark on the Championship despite rocky starts.
Charlton head coach Guy Luzon: “ We showed character when we were 1-0 down away from home to get the goal and then to continue playing after the goals. We didn't play well in the first half and I told the players at half-time that something had to change.”
Neither goalkeeper had been much troubled, especially in a low-key first half but once the deadlock was broken the Addicks were galvanised by the arrival of Chris Eagles, on for Christophe LePoint, who immediately showed his team-mates the intended direction of travel.
It was Eagles who cut the ball back for Tony Watt to stroke home from the penalty spot which Charlton had come to deserve.
Another substitute, Simon Church, came off the bench and went down in the area for the penalty.
It was dispatched with some style by Yoni Buyens with a confident shot to the high centre of the goal.
Recent form has revived the Addicks’ distant hopes of vying for promotion. “I don’t think that we need to think about the play-offs, only the next game,” said Luzon.
“If in the end then we’d have some chance then OK, but we only need to concentrate on the next game.”