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That’s a bit more like it from Gary Madine, again running across his marker but this time actually getting his header on target. It’s straight into the arms of Dillon Phillips, however.
This is his 21st league appearance for the Bluebirds and he’s yet to score for them.
Cardiff are a bit unlucky to find themselves behind, although they’re not really turning their good possession and territory into genuine chances.
Gary Madine, a £6m signing from Bolton in January 2018, sends a near-post header well wide.
Conor Gallagher has been one of the early stars of this Championship this season and, full of belief from his goal, very nearly creates a second for his side.
Cutting inside onto his right foot, he sends in a teasing come-and-tap-me-in delivery flashing across the six-yard box.
Unfortunately for the Chelsea loanee, nobody in a red shirt reacted quickly enough.
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Jonathan Leko can be some player on his day, full of pace and trickery, but he’s not having his finest afternoon here so far.
First he blocks a shot from Addicks team-mate Erhun Oztumer and then he fails to properly connect with a low cross when well placed about eight yards out.
You have to say, looking at that replay Callum Paterson has every right to be annoyed. He’s 100% clipped by Deji Oshilaja as he went to shoot first time and Cardiff should’ve had a penalty.
Bluebirds boss Neil Harris is fuming, still remonstrating with the fourth official. And he’s not even seen the replay I’ve just seen.
Callum Paterson’s a proper bruiser, isn’t he? The big Cardiff frontman is sporting a moustache for ‘Movember’, too, and it only serves to make him look even more intimidating than usual.
He goes shoulder to shoulder with Charlton defender Deji Oshilaja but the linesman flags for a free-kick against him.
Moments later, his frustration with the officials grows even deeper when he goes tumbling in the area only for the referee to wave away his appeals.
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The Addicks are without a win in four games, losing three of those, and in truth they’d started like a team low on confidence here too.
A sixth goal of the season for Conor Gallagher has certainly got the crowd up.
In Fantasy Football parlance Jonathan Leko gets the assist there, but it just looks funnier with every passing replay. He ended up kicking the ball against his standing foot.
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And, against the run of play, Charlton lead.
There’s a bit of everything in this goal. Macauley Bonne’s excellent burst of pace and low cross is then let down by a comical miskick from Jonathan Leko, but fortunately for the Addicks it drops straight toConor Gallagherand the Chelsea loanee pokes into the bottom corner.
The away side have started to take control in the past few minutes and now they’ve created the first big chance of the game too.
After Nathaniel Mendez-Laing does brilliantly to squeeze between two Charlton defenders and get into a crossing position, Callum Paterson can only flash a near-post snapshot wide of the upright.
Should he do better? Quite probably.
There was a stat doing the rounds when Cardiff lost to Bristol City before the international break that centre-half Aden Flint had enjoyed more touches inside opposition penalty areas than any other Bluebirds player in 2019-20.
Predictably, he’s the target for the set-piece but Charlton manage to get it clear.
Gary Madine is making his first Cardiff start of the season today and he earns an early free-kick inside the Charlton half.
The visitors play it short and eventually work the ball over to Junior Hoilett, who gets to the byline and wins the game’s first corner.
It’s been pretty attritional stuff in the early stages, with the action almost exclusively taking place in the middle third of the field.
The Bluebirds are without an away win so far this season and they’ve made a cagey start here too.
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Having not touched the ball at all inside the opening 60 seconds, Cardiff win a free-kick when Wales full-back Adam Matthews brings down Junior Hoilett.
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The Addicks get us up and running, kicking from right to left as we watch on, towards the contingent of away supporters behind Neil Etheridge’s goal.
The two teams have already made their way out onto the turf, Charlton in their usual red and white home kit and Cardiff dressed head to toe in blue.
Kick-off is just a few moments away.
Both managers have made two changes for this match, with Neil Harris naming Callum Paterson and Gary Madine in his first Cardiff City starting XI.
Charlton:Phillips, Matthews, Purrington, Oshilaja, Lockyer, Pearce, Gallagher, Leko, Bonne, Cullen, Oztumer.
Subs:Maynard-Brewer, Morgan, Solly, Sarr, Davison, Doughty.
Cardiff:Etheridge, Peltier, Nelson, Flint, Bennett, Pack, Bacuna, Mendez-Laing, Hoilett, Madine, Paterson.
Subs:Smithies, Morrison, Coxe, Vaulks, Murphy, Tomlin, Bogle.
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As I’ve already mentioned, we begin today at The Valley, where Neil Harris will be taking charge of his first match as Cardiff City manager.
The former Millwall boss has replaced Neil Warnock, who parted company with the Bluebirds following their 1-0 home defeat by Bristol City.
Harris was in attendance as Wales beat Hungary to qualify for Euro 2020 on Wednesday – and has said this week that he hopes to tap into that feel-good factor.
“I think that’s lifted everybody in the vicinity,” he said. “Hopefully we take that goodwill and good spirit into the weekend at Charlton.”
This round of English Football League fixtures got under way last night, as stand-in striker Aboubakar Kamara scored twice to give Fulham victory over Queens Park Rangers to move up to fourth in the Championship table.
Kamara, brought in to replace suspended top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic, coolly took his chances after Rangers stunned the hosts with an early goal.
You can read Andrew Aloia’s full match report by clicking the link below.
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We start off at The Valley this afternoon asCharlton AthletichostCardiff City,with nine more Championship matches kicking-off at 15:00 GMT.
LeadersWest Bromwich AlbionhostSheffield Wednesday,as the Baggies look to stretch their unbeaten run to seven league games.
Two points behind them arePreston North End,who travel toDerby Countyin search of a fourth win in a row.
Leeds Unitedare level on points in third and head to Kenilworth Road to face a woefully out-of-formLuton Town.
At the bottom, newBarnsleyboss Gerhard Struber will get his first taste of Championship action atBlackburn Rovers.
- Charlton Athletic v Cardiff City (12:30 GMT)
- Blackburn Rovers v Barnsley
- Brentford v Reading
- Bristol City v Nottingham Forest
- Derby County v Preston North End
- Huddersfield Town v Birmingham City
- Luton Town v Leeds United
- Stoke City v Wigan Athletic
- Swansea City v Millwall
- West Brom v Sheffield Wednesday