Stylish Charlton beat Portsmouth 3-0 at The Valley

Ryan Inniss, Eoghan O'Connell and Scott Fraser celebrate

Charlton 3 Portsmouth 0

The Addicks’ fantastic home form continued with a 3-0 demolition of Portsmouth in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

Charlton pressed with intensity and attacked with speed with Ryan Inniss and Corey Blackett-Taylor scoring first-half goals before Eoghan O’Connell netted his first goal as an Addick after Portsmouth were reduced to 10 men in the second period.  

It was an excellent team performance with Scott Fraser imperious in central midfield alongside the hard-working George Dobson, ensuring Ben Garner’s side controlled much of the game.

Garner opted for one change from the side that beat Exeter City 4-2, with Blackett-Taylor coming in for the injured Miles Leaburn, meaning Charlie Kirk played closest to Jayden Stockley in a very fluid 4-4-2 formation.

Portsmouth began the game brightly and Colby Bishop forced a smart save from Joe Wollacott in the ninth minute.

After that half-chance though Garner’s team really took charge with a physical press cheered on by a loud home crowd.

The combined pressure paid dividends with Charlton taking a 17th-minute lead with a well-worked short corner. Kirk fed Fraser who whipped in a curling cross from the right with his left foot into a dangerous area. Inniss, attacking the back post, was not to be stopped, powering a header past Josh Griffiths.

The second goal was a direct result of Charlton’s press, with Fraser intercepting well and the ball landing into the path of Kirk. The 24-year-old weighted his pass perfectly towards the rapid Blackett-Taylor wide left. The winger made no mistake, collecting at speed and advancing towards goal before opening up his body and nutmegging the onrushing Griffiths.

After a Charlton-controlled first half Danny Cowley made two changes at half-time but the Addicks maintained their advantage.

Griffiths kept Portsmouth in the game with an outstanding tip over the bar in the 54th minute after Kirk had again fed Blackett-Taylor on the counter attack, with the winger’s shot destined for goal.

Portsmouth went down to 10 men in the 66th minute when Marlon Pack was given a second yellow card for a foul on Fraser. The Addicks took immediate advantage, with Fraser again the provider, curling in the resulting free-kick for O’Connell to nod home his first goal for Charlton.

The Addicks saw the game out to secure an important and well-deserved three points. 

Charlton: Wollacott; Egbo, Inniss, O’Connell, Sessegnon (Clare 77); Rak-Sakyi (Payne 70), Dobson, Fraser (McGrandles 79), Kirk; Stockley (c) (Aneke 77), Blackett-Taylor (Morgan 70)

Subs (not used): MacGillvray, Campbell

Goals: Inniss 17, Blackett-Taylor 31, O’Connell 67

Booked: Sessegnon 70 (foul on Mingi), Dobson 84 (foul on Mingi), Morgan 88 (foul on Mingi)

Portsmouth: Griffiths; Ogilvie, Morrison (Swanson 46), Raggett, Robertson (c); Dale (Mingi 68), Pack, Morrell, Koroma (Jacobs 46, Curtis 63); Bishop, Scarlett (Hackett 68)

Subs (not used): Oluwayemi, Pigott

Booked: Pack 30 (foul on Rak-Sakyi), Morrell 70 (reaction to Sessegnon’s foul)

Sent-off: Pack 66 (second-bookable offence - foul on Fraser)

Referee: John Busby

Attendance: 13,456 (2,374 from Portsmouth)

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