REPORT: ALBION 3 CHARLTON 2
- Ademola Lookman and Reza Ghoochannejhad give Charlton a 2-0 lead
- James Wilson, Bobby Zamora and Tomer Hemed overturn the deficit to claim all three points
- Albion return to the top of the Championship
- The Seagulls go 20 league games unbeaten
Brighton & Hove Albion recovered from 2-0 down to claim a 3-2 victory over Charlton Athletic at the Amex, in what was a stunning finale to the game.
Charlton scored twice the opening five minutes through Ademola Lookman and Reza Ghoochannejhad, but a goal from James Wilson and two strikes in the final ten minutes from Bobby Zamora and Tomer Hemed secured all three points.
Charlton took the lead inside two minutes when Lookman raced down the left flank and sent his angled drive past David Stockdale.
The Seagulls sought to immediately bring parity to the scoreline when Zamora played in a through ball to Beram Kayal, but the Israeli’s ball across the box was inches away from finding Wilson.
It was the Addicks that struck again though after another break down the left-hand side resulted in Ghoochannejhad firing home at the far post.
The Iranian international almost scored his second and Charlton’s third in the 20th minute, after Ricardo Vaz Te’s perfectly weighted cross found him at the far post, but Stockdale made a two-handed save on this occasion.
Play was halted after Solly March and Harry Lennon were treated for a collision inside the box and while the Albion winger was able to continue, Lennon had to be replaced by Naby Sarr.
Stockdale prevented Charlton from running away with the game when the threatening Vaz Te charged down the right flank and found Johann Berg Gudmundsson, but the Yorkshireman kept the shot out with his legs.
March appeared to be unaffected by his earlier injury when he cut inside from the left and saw his deflected strike go narrowly over the crossbar.
Zamora fed in Jamie Murphy for Albion’s next chance, and despite the latter’s cross being cut out, the ball found its way to Dale Stephens, but the midfielder’s shot was too high to trouble the Charlton goal.
March was a threat from set pieces and his in-swinging free-kick almost crept in at the far post during the closing stages of the half.
The Addicks were dangerous on the counter-attack and could have scored a third through Lookman, but Stockdale made another fine reaction save.
Albion brought themselves back into the game five minutes after the re-start, as Wilson magically weaved his way through the Charlton defence before coolly slotting the ball home.
March could have scoring a stunning equaliser just seconds later, but Stephen Henderson tipped his shot onto the woodwork.
The tide turned further in Albion’s favour when Patrick Bauer was shown a straight red card for bringing down Zamora on the edge of the area.
Stephens set up Kayal for from the subsequent set-piece but his deflected strike went narrowly over the bar.
March was next to test Henderson with a low, driven effort, before Stephens fired an attempt of his own just past the left post.
Bruno launched an inviting cross into the path of Wilson, but the Manchester United loanee sliced his strike and it drifted harmlessly wide.
Albion levelled in the 84th minute after March’s strike created mayhem in the Addicks' box and Zamora fired the ball home.
The drama didn’t end there and two substitutes combined to give Albion the decisive third goal. Hemed met debutant Rajiv van La Parra’s cross with a close-range header that crept past Henderson, despite the Charlton keeper getting a strong hand to the ball.
The result sends Albion back to the top of the Championship, two points clear of second-placed Middlesbrough.
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