Charlton continued their 100 per cent home record as they edged Southend United out 2-1.
The game exploded into life in three second-half minutes as goals from Josh Magennis and Ricky Holmes had the hosts in control. Jon White reduced the deficit for the Shrimpers but the Addicks held on to claim all three points. They sit second in the League One table.
The visitors pressed Charlton from the off and saw a decent opportunity to open the scoring go begging just past the quarter-hour – with Michael Kightly mis-hitting from eighteen yards following Jermaine McGlashan’s pull-back.
Ryan Leonard headed over at the far post from a set-piece before another huge chance was wasted by the Shrimpers. Kightly’s cross was deflected towards goal, which wrong-footed Addicks stopper Ben Amos – who just managed to toe the ball towards the edge of the box. Nile Ranger fired the loose ball wide with the goal at his mercy.
Ahmed Kashi stung the palms of Mark Oxley from 35 yards and Traqie Fosu saw a cross turned behind at the near-post with Josh Magennis lurking as the Addicks looked to mount some pressure of their own as the half progressed.
Magennis soon met a Jay Dasilva cross but was unable to apply enough power to his header to beat Oxley, before Jason Pearce reacted well to charge Simon Cox’s drive down as he was picked out inside the Addicks’ box.
Cox was involved again early in the second half as lifted an effort over the bar from just outside the area before Jake Forster-Caskey nearly edged the hosts ahead. Ricky Holmes’ deep cross was headed back into the middle by Billy Clarke, where Forster-Caskey improvised to flick towards goal but it was straight at Oxley.
Charlton stunned Southend with two goals in three minutes. The first on 65 minutes capped off a glorious move. Dasilva spread the play to Fosu, the winger controlled the ball on his chest and slipped Chris Solly in on the overlap, whose centre was powered home by Magennis for his third club goal of the campaign.
The leaded was doubled almost immediately as Holmes, who specialises in the spectacular, curled a delicious low shot inside the far-post from outside the area to also claim his third of the season.
White’s free-header at a corner halved the deficit for the Shrimpers, who nearly drew level minutes later. Ben Amos was beaten to a deep cross but Magennis was on hand to clear Ryan Leonard’s shot from the goal line.