Ricky Holmes’s second half free kick settled a tight contest in South London and gave Charlton their third consecutive 1-0 victory.
The fantastic free kick gave Charlton a valuable three points in a game of extremely few chances for either side. The result now means The Addicks close the gap on the top two while Wimbledon are now only above the drop on goal difference.
The first chance of the game was when Forster-Caskey struck a free kick over the bar following a foul on Fosu. Lyle Taylor fired wide minutes after for the visitors. It was a lackluster opening 45 minutes with neither team able to get a hot on target. With Charlton 4th and Wimbledon 19th, Wimbledon were happy for there to be no chances and sat defensive while Charlton very much wanted to break the deadlock.
The start of the second half was one of Wimbledon’s best spells of the match. The visitors forced a flurry of corners but failed to break the deadlock from any of them. Charlton had a lot of possession but could not break through a solid Wimbledon back line. The Dons put on pressure of their own at times, mainly from counter attacks, in what was a very even contest. The Visitors then had a free kick on the edge of the area in a great position, but Forster-Caskey blocked. From the resulting corner Oshilaja slahed over from a golden opportunity. Fosu met a Dasilva croos for the hosts just before this, but it was crucially blocked.
Finally, with twelve minutes left Charlton got the breakthrough. Holmes made a darting run before being brought down right on the edge of the area. Charlton were unhappy a penalty wasn’t awarded with the foul being made so close to the penalty area but ultimately it didn’t matter. Most in the crowd thought it would be crossed in the box from the angle it was at. However Holmes expertly curled the set piece beyond the defense and ‘keeper in to the top corner.
Charlton saw out the last twelve minutes to claim their third 1-0 win in a row. It certainly wasn’t the greatest of performances from Charlton but they got the win in a match that looked destined to be 0-0 for so long.
Wimbledon defended well but did could not get a single shot on target and other then a small spell during the second half never looked like scoring.
Both sides now have FA Cup matches at home against lower level sides so will be hoping to avoid embarrassment. Charlton host Truro while Wimbledon play Luton.