Charlton boss Chris Powell paid tribute to his side after they ended a dismal 12-match losing streak with a 3-1 home win over London rivals Leyton Orient.

Scott McGleish headed Orient in front but the Addicks were back on terms five minutes after the restart when Paul Benson tapped home. Bradley Wright-Phillips fired Charlton ahead and Jose Semedo's header sealed the points - but only after Powell had given his men a half-time rocket.

He said: "You can sometimes forget how to win and of course in our last home game against Southampton I felt we put in a performance."

He added: "I did say to the boys at half-time we definitely needed to put on a performance again.

"I was thinking, I've got some young players in there and it is tough to get booed off, and rightly so, but how do I approach them.

"I had a go at them because I just said they demand more here and I demanded more from them. As a result I think they to a man demanded more of each other, they were more concentrated, they never let Orient settle and the end result was three goals.

"We could have scored more but obviously Orient hit the bar a couple of times near the end, so it was an exciting second 45 minutes."

Leyton Orient assistant manager Kevin Nugent admitted his side failed to replicate their first-half showing in the second half.

He said: "In the first half we thought we played quite well, still not as good as we would have liked to have done but we didn't start well at all in the second half. That was disappointing for us really.

"Obviously keeper Jamie Jones is as disappointed as the rest of the lads are. He has put his hands up and said it was a bad mistake but he has held his hands up and it is just one of those things."

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