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Posted Sat 02 Apr 16 at 18:25 PM

Report: Charlton Athletic 2 Blues 1

Blues endured heartbreak as Jorge Teixeira's late header halted Blues' promotion push.

Blues took the lead through Jon Toral, but Johann Gudmundsson replied minutes later.

Both sides had opportunities in the second-half but it was the hosts who scored deep into stoppage time, when Jorge Teixeira rose high to head in at the far post.

The match started with a Charlton protest that led to foam footballs being thrown onto the pitch and it took over five minutes for play to continue.

The hosts edged the early chances as Igor Vetokele registered the only shot on target in the opening half-hour. Vetokele latching onto Nick Pope's long punt downfield before trying his luck from the edge of the area, but his effort safely found Tomasz Kuszczak's arms.

The Angolan international nearly profitted from a fortunate bounce just before the half hour. Paul Robinson misjudging the bounce, allowing Vetokele to race towards goal, but on his return to the Valley, Michael Morrison was on hand  to cover and clear for Blues.

Five minutes later, and after a good spell from Blues, Rowett's side took the lead.

Paul Caddis whipping in a delightful ball across the Charlton six-yard box, finding Toral at the far post who swept the ball home.

However, that lead only lasted six minutes.

Johann Gudmundsson restoring parity as his shot from the edge of the area took a slight deflection on its way into the back of the net.

The first half-ended even, but the hosts started the stronger in the second.

Gudmundsson's fierce free-kick whistled past the wall and Tomasz Kuszczak's right hand post, whilst Vetokele's header took a deflection and just bounced wide.

Cotterill went close when Pope misjudged his free-kick, but the 'keeper did well to recover and parry clear.

The game started to open up and both sides pushed for the winner.

Kuszczak made another good save as Vetokele was released into the left channel and Donaldson and Cotterill both wasted decent chances in the area.

Ademola Lookman should have put the hosts ahead with 10 minutes left, but with only two players to beat on the goalline, he hoisted an effort over the bar.

Blues looked dangerous with Donaldson having a chance when one-on-one with a defender, but it was Charlton who got the winner.

Lookman's corner to far post was met by an unmarked Teixeira who headed in at the far post.

There was little time for Blues to respond and the players, staff and fans looked dejected at the final whistle.

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