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Charlton prove they're got the stomach for survival fight

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The atmosphere at The Valley was electric last weekend. Everyone new that the three points were vital in the Addicks' fight for survival.

Charlton, unsurprisingly started very strong against Huddersfield Town. Quick and accurate passing set the tone for the game. An early standing ovation for former Charlton boss, Chris Powell, was also fantastic show of support from the home fans.

Charlton moved the ball about quickly and pressed high. Talented youngster Jordan Cousins showed a very physical side to his game which reminded me of Arsenal's Francis Coquelin. Both sides had a couple of half chances, but nothing substantial to speak of. In the 29th minute, Huddersfield's Ishmael Miller had the ball in the back of the Charlton net, but was adjudged to have fouled Charlton stopper Henderson in the process.

What a peach!

Just four minutes later, Tony Watt was bought down 25 yards from goal. Left foot wizard Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson stepped up for Charlton, as he so often does, before firing a shot into the top corner of the Huddersfield net. The Valley erupted, which seemed to give the home side even more confidence.

The away side's best chance came on 38 minutes when Miller found himself in a yard of space. Thankfully for Charlton, the big strikers effort flew a couple yards wide of the Charlton post. Sean Scannell had a late chance for the visitors, but was unable to capitalise on some lazy defending as his shot flew over Hendersons crossbar.

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At half time, just Gudmundsson's 7th goal of the season separated the two sides. The Charlton fans were keen for the play to resume after a convincing 1st half performance, and they didn't have to wait long before their lead was doubled.

Watt provides the spark once again

Just three minutes into the second Belgium striker Igor Vetokele fed his team mate Watt and the former Celtic forward left Alex Smithies stranded, stroking into the bottom corner of the net. The performance from Guy Lozen's men would have left him feeling proud of his side's effort in what was certainly a crunch clash in terms of Championship survival.

The Addicks came close to a third when midfield rock Yoni Buyens fired his effort towards goal following a deflected corner. Huddersfield came back well and showed a decent spell of attacking threat but were unable to beat Henderson.

Watt, who'd had a very lively afternoon, capped of a man-of-the-match performance with a classy goal. The striker glided past a couple of challenges before smashing the ball with his left foot into the top corner of Smithies' near post.

Late on, Charlton hit the cross bar through substitute Chris Eagles. Although the fourth never came, the hosts gave everything to please their fans and comprehensively beat their opponents. The fans filtered out very happy with their sides performance, and in particular the performance of young, Watt who showed flashes of his true potential to help the Addicks earn three precious points.

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