Charlton’s season-long hard-to-call form fell on the right side of the coin on Tuesday with a 3-0 win at bottom club Blackpool.
The Addicks fourth win in five – against easy prey – pushed them back to 11th thanks also to some helpful results from the clubs alongside them mid-table.
Initially the home side showed more intensity and brightness than a club 18 points from safety should have done but it was the execution close to goal that finally told for the South Londoners.
Chris Eagles was gifted a tap-on on 31 minutes, Simon Church made life more comfortable for the visitors on 61 and Johann Berg Gudmundsson applied the gloss with a curling free kick just minutes from the final whistle that condemned the Seasiders to a 10th defeat on the trot.
Charlton manager Guy Luzon loved that final goal. He said: “Johann Berg Gudmundsson is like our Beckham. He knows how to score goals in this situation. He is a good player with a good mentality.
“We knew before the match you can’t play possession on the ground because the pitch is very bad. We focused on the long ball and on the second ball.
“If you want to win this game you have to show aggression and we did it today. It’s very important to score the first one and I’m very pleased because all our players gave everything.”
Charlton face stiffer competition as Reading come to the Valley on Saturday (3pm). The opposition may be 18th but they will be buoyed by their FA Cup success against Bradford.