Charlton 2 Plymouth 1 – Grant doubles makes it four straight wins for Addicks

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Karlan Grant scored twice for Charlton – one of them late – to ensure the South Londoners made it four League One wins in a row.

The Addicks had to come from behind as Graham Carey headed Plymouth Argyle in front.

Parity was to come quickly for the home side but Grant’s clincher arrived just moments before the end of regulation time. It is now five goals in nine appearances for the young attacker.

The result lifts Charlton to sixth in the table, just four points behind second-placed Portsmouth.

The Addicks had one change to their starting line-up from the win at Bradford City.

Naby Sarr replaced Patrick Bauer, who is out for the next two months with knee ligament damage.

Some of Charlton’s approach play was slick and impressive, but they had to respond to falling behind in the ninth minute. Joel Grant’s cross was headed home by Carey.

Charlton did not trail for long. A deep corner was headed down by Jason Pearce and Grant forced the ball home from close range.

The Addicks then passed up a great opportunity to go in front. Referee Dean Whitestone awarded a penalty after Ruben Lameiras fouled Chris Solly in the box. But Matt Macey got a touch on Taylor’s penalty with the ball coming back into play off the bar, Grant slamming the ball into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Charlton moved the ball quickly with Josh Cullen impressing in central midfield with Jamie Ward also making a positive impression. The latter played a one-two with Grant but his dink lacked the height to clear Macey, who was quickly off his line.

The Addicks struggled to get going after the restart and could have been back behind, Grant’s shot deflecting off Solly and clipping the top of the crossbar.

Charlton racked up the corner count, with Yann Songo’o getting a toe to Joe Aribo’s shot before Lewis Page saw a shot deflect and come back off the left post with Macey a spectator.

But the Addicks finally had their second goal on 89 minutes. Substitute Igor Vetokele jumped for a dropping ball but it actually came off his foot and fell perfectly for Grant to slam the ball home.

IMAGES BY PAUL EDWARDS

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