Charlton climbed into the top six with a convincing win against promotion rivals Rotherham.

Joe Aribo’s brace and a Michal Zyro goal made it three successive wins for caretaker boss Lee Bowyer.

The Addicks are sixth and one point ahead of Plymouth, whose game with Scunthorpe was called off.

Richard Wood scored a late consolation goal for Rotherham when the game was already over.

Bowyer made two changes to the side that beat Northampton with Ezri Konsa and Jay Dasilva coming in for Anfernee Dijksteel and Lewis Page.

The Addicks survived an early scare in the first minute when Will Vaulks’ shot crashed off the crossbar. The midfielder came close moments later but fired over from just outside the box.

The hosts were dealt an injury blow with Tariqe Fosu leaving the pitch in the 13th minute. But Bowyer’s men, who started very slowly, grew into the game after Rotherham’s chances and the Fosu setback.

They were denied a penalty after ex-Charlton defender Wood handled the ball. Despite initially pointing to the spot, referee Graham Horwood awarded a free-kick to the visitors for an apparent push.

Zyro headed a Konsa cross comfortably into Marek Rodak’s palms before giving Charlton a 28th-minute lead.

Josh Emmanuel cut out Ben Reeves’ hopeful pass by heading the ball into Zyro’s path. The Wolves loanee took one touch and his powerful drive hit the back of the net from 20 yards.

His third goal in an Addicks shirt came slightly against the run of play as Rotherham failed to break Charlton’s sturdy defence.

Jason Pearce, who was one of Charlton’s best players today, made a crucial interception from a dangerous cross shortly after the restart. Zyro then flashed a shot wide when he should have slipped in Sullay Kaikai.

Charlton doubled their lead advantage on 54 minutes when Aribo headed in Jake Forster-Caskey’s free-kick.

It got even better for the Addicks as Aribo completed his brace nine minutes later after Charlton broke from a Rotherham corner. A one-two with Nicky Ajose saw the youngster in on goal and he confidently fired past Rodak to score his sixth goal of the season.

Rotherham pulled one back 13 minutes from time through Wood. Amos made a good stop to deny Michael Smith but the ball fell fortunately to the Millers captain, who poked it in.

Stephy Mavididi and Reeves could have added a fourth in injury-time but they were both thwarted by Rodak.

Charlton XI: Amos, Konsa, Bauer, Pearce, Dasilva, Reeves, Forster-Caskey, Aribo, Fosu (Kaikai 13), Zyro (Magenns 83), Ajose (Mavididi 67).

Subs not used: Phillips, Sarr, Dijksteel, Marshall.