REPORT | Charlton 0 Huddersfield Town 1

Charlton were dealt a cruel, late blow as Matty Daly scored a stoppage time winner to give Huddersfield Town a 1-0 victory at The Valley.

It was particularly tough for the home side to take as Lyle Taylor, on his return to The Valley after months on the sidelines, had the ball in the net in the 85th minute but Naby Sarr, who knocked down for him, was adjudged offside in the build-up in what looked like a very tight call.  

Charlton Manager Lee Bowyer made three changes as his side moved to a 3-4-3 formation with Alfie Doughty and Jonathan Leko flanking Macauley Bonne in the Addicks front line. The versatility of the players involved allowed Charlton to move into a 5-4-1 formation out of possession.

Huddersfield’s Kamil Grabara was the first forced into action when he collected at the second attempt a driven effort from the right from Leko in the fifth minute.

Dillon Phillips first save was a regulation stop to deny Elias Kachunga’s deflected effort in the ninth minute.

Shortly afterwards Doughty cut inside from the right but smashed a curling shot well wide.

After a busy start the pace of the game slowed and both sides chances were restricted to very few chances as the weather worsened as the first half went on. 

Steve Mounie wasted a Town counter attack when he hit a shot straight at Phillips and just before half-time Karlan Grant tipped an effort wide.

The Terriers forced Phillips into two early second half saves with the Academy graduate having to save low to his left from former teammate Grant and then Florent Hadergjonal. 

On the hour mark Mounie headed maybe the visitors best chance of the second half just wide when he jumped highest at the back post from a Town corner. 

The Addicks managed to get up some momentum as the second half continued and after some nice football down the left Conor Gallagher had a shot well blocked. 

Charlton’s best chance came in the 72nd minute after some more good football down the left. Bonne’s low cross fell to Chris Solly making a late dash at the back post and his effort, which looked bound for goal was again well blocked by a stifling Terriers defence. 

After some late pressure Taylor looked like he had won it for the home side when he tapped in getting on the end of a move that started after a bursting run into the box by James Vennings. Sarr was adjudged offside and just minutes later Town secured the winner with a first-time left footed effort from young substitute Daly.

Charlton: Phillips; Solly, Lockyer, Pearce (C), Sarr, Purrington; Pratley, Gallagher, Doughty (Vennings 73); Bonne, Leko (Taylor 68)

Subs (not used): Maynard-Brewer, Matthews, Oshilaja, Ledley, Morgan

Booked: Gallagher 31 (foul Hadergjonaj), Bonne 46 (foul on Schindler), Lockyer 87 (handball)

Huddersfield Town: Grabara, Hogg, Bacuna, Kachunga, Grant, Koroma (Simpson 73), Mounie (Daly 76), Schindler (C), Gorenc Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Edmunds-Green

Subs (not used): Coleman, Harratt, High, Austerfield, Jackson

Booked: Gorenc Stankovic 27 (foul on Lockyer), Kachunga 36 (foul on Pratley) 

Goal: Daly 90+2

Referee: G Scott

Attendance: 13,488 (680 from Huddersfield) 

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