Burton Albion 0-1 Charlton Athletic: Ben Purrington header helps revitalised Addicks to a third league win in four
A general view inside Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium 
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Ben Purrington's close range header was enough to seal all three points at the Pirelli Stadium, as the upward trajectory continues under caretaker boss Johnnie Jackson

A disastrous start to the campaign saw former Addicks midfielder Jackson take the reigns as caretaker manager, a role he's flourished in thus far. 

Two victories and a draw in the league prior to this afternoon's meeting, had eased some growing concerns down at the wrong end of the table for Charlton and from the first whistle they looked confident once again today. 

The Brewers defence had to stand firm in the early exchanges to combat efforts from Diallang Jaiyesemi and Josh Davison. Jaiyesimi's strike forced a corner, which subsequently crafted the chance for Davison whose shot bobbled into the hands of Brewers stopper Ben Garratt

Elliott Lee was an evident bright spark for the visitors and came the closest to opening the scoring inside the opening quarter-hour. A deep corner was nodded back across the face of goal, but Lee glanced his effort wide of the upright. 

However, patience would be Charlton's virtue as they found the opener just five minutes later. A succession of corners in the opening 20 minutes eventually crafted the opener. Akin Famewo was on hand to flick across the area and into the path of Purrington, who rippled the net from close range. 

The goal came just moments after a melee inside the Burton box, one that resulted in referee Trevor Kettle reaching for his pocket to reduce both teams to 10. Burton's Deji Oshilaja and Charlton's Jayden Stockley were both brandished red, and saw their afternoon come to a premature end. 

After an assured first-half performance from the Addicks, Burton needed to switfly break out of the blocks and they did just that. 

Charlton stopper Craig MacGillivray was a mere bystander in the opening 45 minutes, but was quickly called into action in the early exchanges after the interval. 

Joe Powell's powerful strike from close range forced MacGillivray into a smart save, with the Scottish international covering his near post with a strong hand to turn the ball wide. 

In a half of few chances, both sides threatened late on as the whistle grew nearer. Tom O'Connor found himself in space on the edge of the 18-yard area for the hosts, but his curling strike was claimed comfortably by MacGillivray. 

The fast counter-attack that followed opposed a danger of its own at the other end, as Garratt plucked the ball out of his top left corner to deny Charlton their second of the afternoon. 

The Addicks climb to 17th and still have work to do in order to get to the heights the envisaged at the start of the campaign, however, things are looking much more confident and assured among the squad. 

Burton are condemned to a third straight league defeat and slip into the bottom half in 13th. A tough away visit to MK Dons faces the Brewers next, as they look to re-rail their inconsistent start to the campaign. 

  • Takeaways 

Inspired under Jackson

A depleted Charlton side began the season, however, week by week the confidence among the Addicks squad is seemingly growing under former midfielder Jackson. 

The 39-year-old is only in charge on a temporary caretaker basis, but it looks increasingly likely that he will take the reigns on a permanent basis after a string of positive results in League One. He continues his unbeaten league start and makes it three wins in four. 

Comfortable in possession

The first-half was feisty, eventful and action packed but tailed off into the second-half. But, that's to Charlton's credit - they managed the game out and frustrated a Burton outfit that attempted to break out of the blocks in search of a quick response. 

The Addicks looked confident when breaking into the final third, with help from lively outlets Jaiyesimi and Luton Town loanee Lee. 

Plan B needed 

In comparison to where the Brewers were when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took the reigns as boss, they look a much stronger outfit but there's still a lot of work to do in order to break into the top cluster of teams in this division. 

On many occassions this afternoon, Albion looked to lack a plan B on how to hurt Charlton in the final third. Striker Kane Hemmings was left isolated through the middle and they very rarely threatened MacGillivray too sharply between the sticks for the Addicks

Harry Chapman was brought on late in a tweak of system, in the attempt to throw more bodies at the visitors but to no avail. When chasing the game, it seems Albion need to be more flexible in their play and try different passages of play into the box, with them being very predictable for the Charlton defensive line today.