Walsall 1-2 Charlton Athletic

20 Aug

Nicky Ajose scored twice to open his Charlton account as the Addicks ran out 2-1 winners in an entertaining affair at Walsall.


Summer signing Ajose bundled home Athletic’s opener just before half-time and netted the winner, also from close range, on 74 minutes, moments after Kieron Morris had fired Walsall level.

Walsall had the best of the opening half-hour but Charlton goalkeeper Declan Rudd made a superb double save on 29 minutes, foiling Simeon Jackson’s point-blank strike and Morris’ follow-up.

Back came Charlton as Ajose’s classy 20-yard chip clipped the top of the bar.

The Addicks claimed a 42nd-minute lead as Ajose netted home from close range after Josh Magennis nodded down Ricky Holmes’ inviting cross.

Walsall levelled on 72 minutes as Rudd allowed Morris’ speculative 20-yard strike to find the bottom corner.

But the Addicks were back in front within two minutes as Magennis raced past James O’Connor and crossed for Ajose to poke home from a couple of yards.

Walsall almost levelled deep into stoppage time but Rudd pulled off a spectacular save to tip Jackson’s volley onto the bar.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

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Match ends, Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 2.

Second Half ends, Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 2.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Simeon Jackson (Walsall) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box.

Attempt missed. Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall).

Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Patrick Bauer (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Patrick Bauer replaces Nicky Ajose.

Substitution, Walsall. Erhun Oztumer replaces George Dobson.

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Tareiq Holmes-Dennis replaces Ricky Holmes.

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ricky Holmes (Charlton Athletic).

Nicky Ajose (Charlton Athletic) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Attempt saved. Florent Cuvelier (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution, Walsall. Florent Cuvelier replaces Franck Moussa.

Goal! Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 2. Nicky Ajose (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Magennis.

Goal! Walsall 1, Charlton Athletic 1. Kieron Morris (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Franck Moussa.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

James O’Connor (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Franck Moussa.

Attempt missed. Matt Preston (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Solly.

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Andreas Makris.

Simeon Jackson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic).

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Ademola Lookman replaces Johnnie Jackson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jason Pearce.

Attempt missed. Andreas Makris (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Johnnie Jackson.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Johnnie Jackson.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Charlton Athletic) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Attempt missed. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Neil Etheridge.

Attempt saved. Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Charlton Athletic 1.

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