The gloss came off Charlton’s season on Tuesday night when struggling Huddersfield headed to the Valley and came away with their first win of the season.
It was a sweet victory for their manager Chris Powell, previous manager of the club but now facing new challenges in Yorkshire.
The Terriers had failed to win in their opening seven games but Harry Bunn’s 11th minute volley and then Emyr Huws’ free kick pushed them to a lead that proved unassailable. Naby Sarr pulled one back from Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s free-kick six minutes later but the Addicks were left to rue Nick Pope’s unpreparedness in goal, with a final score 1-2 in front of 13,870.
Zakarya Bergdich and Simon Makienok had chances to level for the Addicks but they failed to hit the target.
Despite dominating the second half the Addicks were unable to really test Jed Steer in the Huddersfield goal as the Terriers held out for a vital win.
Charlton manager Guy Luzon was forced to defend his No.1 after the match. “Nick Pope did a great job the last seven games, he played very well,” he said.
“Also the last home game against Rotherham he played very well, he didn’t have any problem with confidence. He’s a good goalkeeper.
“We need to focus on how we improve our quality in attack and our quality in defence.”
Powell said: “I’m very happy at Huddersfield. Of course people will just connect my past with the result but it’s about the now, and the future.
“I wouldn’t expect anything less of the fans here, they’ve been superb with me from the day I walked in, in June 1998, they’ve been first class with me.”