Dany N'Guessan (35 mins)
npower League 1
, Apr 9, 2012
Ground: The Valley , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 15,253
Trio banned for Addicks Leaders Charlton will be without suspended midfielders Danny Hollands, Scott Wagstaff and Darel Russell for the visit of Walsall.
Hollands was shown a straight red card and Wagstaff two yellows as both were sent off in Saturday's 1-0 win at Oldham.
Preston loanee Russell serves the third game of the four-match ban he received for his second red card of the season against Huddersfield a fortnight ago.
The Addicks will check on winger Danny Green, who did not travel to Boundary Park as he was feeling unwell.
Skipper Johnnie Jackson was an unused substitute after recovering from an Achilles problem so he could be promoted to the starting line-up along with top scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips, who was rested.
Walsall will check on the fitness of Richard Taundry and Will Grigg before the trip to The Valley.
Both had been suffering from hamstring injuries and had returned to the side against Rochdale but both were not involved in the 3-2 win against fellow strugglers Chesterfield.
Other than that, manager Dean Smith has a fully-fit squad to choose from and was boosted by the returns of Lee Beevers and Jonathan Macken against the Spireites.
Veteran striker Macken played more than an hour, while defender Beevers came through the full 90 minutes unscathed. Midfielder Adam Chambers returned to the bench and confirmed his fitness with a late substitute appearance following a heel injury.
Charlton vs Walsall
Last modified 17:37 09/04/12
N'Guessan keeps Addicks on track Dany N'Guessan's first-half winner strengthened Charlton's grip on the npower League One title with a 1-0 home victory over Walsall.
N'Guessan has scored in all three of his appearances at The Valley since completing a loan switch from Millwall and further endeared himself to the home fans with the only goal 10 minutes before the break.
The hosts started brightly and might have gone in front inside the opening minute when N'Guessan's shot produced a good save from visiting goalkeeper David Grof.
Johnnie Jackson headed just wide, while Ben Hamer did well to tip over Alex Nicholls' effort at the other end, but Charlton broke the deadlock in the 35th minute as N'Guessan beat Grof to the ball to head home from Jackson's free-kick.
Walsall were almost back on terms early in the second half after Addicks goalkeeper Ben Hamer made a complete hash of Emmanuel Ledesma's delivery, only for Jon Macken to place the loose ball off target.
Bradley Wright-Phillips' 54th-minute effort lacked power and sailed harmlessly behind after Jackson's clever pass had put the Charlton top scorer through, while N'Guessan was only denied a second by Grof's smart in the 82nd minute.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|39||Dany N'Guessan(sub 85)|
|4||Johnnie Jackson(sub 90)|
|10||Bradley Wright-Phillips(sub 77)|
|6||Matthew Taylor(sub 90)|
|14||Danny Haynes(sub 77)|
|25||Lee Cook(sub 85)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|16||Alex Nicholls(sub 87)|
|11||Kevan Hurst(sub 61)|
|10||Jonathan Macken(sub 80)|
|28||Emanuel Jorge Ledesma|
|7||Adam Chambers(sub 87)|
|15||Jamie Paterson(sub 61)|
|17||George Bowerman(sub 80)|