Charlton 1-0 QPR

Rob Green is saved by the woodwork as Jordan Cosuins' shot hits the post. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD.

Rob Green is saved by the woodwork as Jordan Cosuins' shot hits the post. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD.

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JOHNNIE Jackson scored a 92nd minute header to give Charlton a vital three points at The Valley as they overcame Queens Park Rangers.

Reza Ghoochannejhad and Jordan Cousins both hit the post within 30 seconds of each other early on in what was an evenly fought game.

Ravel Morrison and Modibo Maiga missed golden chances to get the opener for Rangers before Jackson’s last-gasp header won the game for the Addicks.

Charlton, who had lost their last four games in the league heading into the fixture, now sit just one point away from safety.

It was an even start to the game as the hosts frustrated a Rangers side who had lost their last two games in the league.

And Chris Powell’s team should have lead in the 13th minute.

Danny Green teed up Cousins whose 20-yard effort hit the foot of the post before Reza, with an open goal in front of him, could only strike the woodwork with the rebound.

Charlton, perhaps still wondering how they hadn’t taken the lead, were nearly behind themselves two minutes later when Tom Carroll blasted over after being left unmarked inside the box.

And the chances continued to come for Rangers with Ravel Morrison and Jermaine Jenas both mis-firing from good positions.

The Hoops looked dangerous going forward and the referee turned down a big penalty claim when Nedum Onuoha appeared to have been tripped in the box.

But the away side were not having it all their own way and Reza forced a save out of Robert Green in the 35th minute.

Neither team were able to dominate the game as both defences looked strong.

Morrison, who joined QPR on loan this week, was presented with a golden opportunity early in the second half but fired wide from six yards.

The former United youngster was having a lively debut and saw another shot drift wide five minutes later, this time from outside the box.

Charlton were lacking in any attacking threat as the game wore on and Powell decided to introduce some fresh legs in the 64th minute as Marcus Tudgay came on to make his debut in place of Reza and Astrit Ajdarevic replaced Green.

And it looked like a managerial masterstroke from Powell when Tudgay produced a great touch to tee up Jackson, but the Addicks skipper could hit the target.

At the other end Charlton keeper Yoham Truram gave home fans a scare when he gifted the ball to Maiga inside the box, although fortunately the striker somehow failed to get in a shot.

Both teams were searching for the winner late on with Jenas trying his luck from distance, only to see his effort fly high and wide. The fourth official added four minutes of stoppage time to set up a nervy finish for an Addicks side looking to claim their first point in five games.

But they need not have worried as Jackson met an Ajdarevic corner at the far post to nod in the winner and send the home fans potty.

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Charlton: Thuram, Wilson, Morrison, Dervite, Wiggins, Green (Ajdarevic 64), Cousins, Poyet, Jackson, Reza (Tudgay 64), Church (Harriott 89). Subs not used: Hamer, Sordell, Harriott, Wood, Fox

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