A Lyle Taylor inspired Charlton saw off a spirited Mansfield outfit 5-0 to book a home tie with Doncaster in the second round of the FA Cup.

Taylor’s hat-trick and strikes from Mark Marshall and Nicky Ajose sent Lee Bowyer’s side through against their lower league opponents who will feel hard done by as penalty shouts were turned down.

Lyle Taylor was the notable inclusion in a side that had four changes from the draw at Field Mill, included presumably because he’ll be sitting out Saturday’s league tie with Bristol Rovers through suspension.

Wake-up call

The away side, on a 14-game unbeaten run, started the brighter and looked confident in possession. On ten minutes they should have taken the lead, Danny Rose pouncing on a lose ball from Billy Clarke before drawing a great save from Dillon Phillips in the Charlton goal.

This served as a wake-up call for Charlton who soon got in their stride.

Nicky Ajose was set free down the left who squared it for Taylor to slide in front of the defenders to break the deadlock and mute the 290 strong away fans.

Mansfield weren’t deterred by going behind and looked the more likely to level than concede the rest of the half. Mansfield should have had a penalty on 25-minutes, but referee Kevin Johnson waved play-on as Naby Sarr was clearly holding Rose who was a thorn in the Addicks side all game.

David Flitcroft’s side should have been level on 35-minutes. Hayden White showed great pace down the right and delivered a fierce cross across the box which found Rose sliding in at the back post but could only find the outside of the post.

Hamilton thought he’d scored, but a sublime strike from the edge of the box was chalked off for outside. The visitors had settled well after going behind.

Game Changer

The second half was five minutes old and despite the visitors looking the more likely, it was Charlton who doubled their lead.

As the Mansfield defence appealed for off-side for Fosu, Toby Stevenson crept in and fed the now on-side Fosu who squared for Taylor to coolly finish and wrap the tie up. The goal knocked the wind out of the visitors who were arguable the better side throughout.

As the game looked won Bowyer introduced Marshall who quickly got on the scoresheet on 81 minutes sweeping home a Stevenson cross after the awarding of a controversial free-kick in the centre of the park.

Taylor completed his hat-trick in emphatic fashion as an audacious chip from the edge of the box dipped under the bar past the despairing Conrad Logan. A goal that could grace any division in world football.

The scoring was complete in injury time as the keeper was beaten to a long ball by Ajose who was left with a defender on the line to beat.

The night belonged to Taylor though and it served as a reminder to what Bowyer will be missing at the weekend.