Gary Haines reports from Turf Moor
Danny Haynes netted for the third successive match as in-form Charlton completed a hat-trick of victories on Saturday.
The striker leapt to nod home the winner in the 69th minute and extend the Addicks’ away-day unbeaten run to six matches.
But boy did they have to work hard against a Burnley side who played for more than 75 minutes with 10 men after the early dismissal of Kieran Trippier.
The right-back was sent off for deliberate handball on the line as he denied Chris Solly, although skipper Johnnie Jackson saw his resultant penalty saved by Lee Grant.
Burnley defied their lack of numbers in a valiant display that would have impressed their fledgling boss Sean Dyche, but Haynes pounced to grab the winner for the visitors, their first success here since 1996.
He soared on the left to head over Lee Grant after a superb nod-across from strike partner Rob Hulse to follow up his recent strikes against Cardiff City and Bristol City.
The key incident of the opening period came around the quarter-hour mark as the hosts were reduced to 10 men – but the Addicks could not inflict double pain.
A slick Addicks break culminated in goalmouth carnage, with Trippier sent packing for handling a shot from marauding right-back Solly.
In the aftermath, the right-back blocked from Jackson from close range and then Danny Haynes headed against the bar.
By then the whistle had blown, though, with referee Robert Madley brandishing a red card and pointing to the penalty spot.
Trippier’s trudge off took an age, perhaps unsettling Jackson, and his spot-kick was saved diving to his right by Grant and parity remained.
Having missed against Blackburn Rovers earlier in the season – and in the Capital One Cup shoot-out exit to Leyton Orient - Jackson may well surrender spot-kick duties.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Burnley settled well and were arguably the more composed side for long periods of the game.
And only a superlative diving save from Ben Hamer to keep out a scorching drive from Brian Stock prevented the Clarets from snatching the lead around the half-hour mark.
Hamer also denied Michael Dufff at the subsequent corner while Charlton’s second-best moment of the half came when Haynes sped away from his man and flashed in an angled drive that was tipped behind by Grant.
Powell summoned Ricardo Fuller to replace debutant Eggert Jonsson early in the second period, moments after his slip allowed Charlie Austin to break through and wastefully shoot wide.
The prolific striker headed another good opening wide for the shorthanded hosts - but Haynes then struck on 69 minutes with his perfectly-placed header.
Burnley continued to defy their tiring legs as the game entered its closing stages and Austin twice went close at a corner, seeing a header blocked and then his follow-up snared by Hamer.
With three strikers on at the death the hosts continued to pour forward but Charlton’s magnificent rearguard held firm to seal the clean sheet – and the win.
Powell won the manager of the month last November in League One, and with three on the bounce already in the month, he looks handily placed again….
In terms of team news the Addicks handed a debut to Eggert Jonsson with Dale Stephens ruled out through illness.
Following Sunday’s success at Bristol City, which sealed back to back wins for the first time since late 2007, that was the one forced change for Powell.
Icelander Jonsson was a straight swap for Stephens in the engine-room while the returning Scott Wagstaff was on the bench, following his loan spell at Leyton Orient.
In-form striker Haynes was again up front alongside Hulse following two goals in as many matches.
Dan Seaborne continued at left-back while there was a return to Turf Moor for centre-back Leon Cort.
The Addicks, who were as close to the play-off zone as they were to the bottom three at the start of play, were also in good form away from home and unbeaten in five road trips ahead of the clash.
Ben Hamer continued between the posts for the visitors with Solly and Seaborne flanking Cort and Michael Morrison at the back.
Skipper Jackson and Wolves loanee Jonsson were in the engine-room with Salim Kerkar and Bradley Pritchard out wide. Hulse and Haynes were the striking threats.
Reserve keeper David Button was joined on the bench by Matt Taylor, Dorian, Dervite, Danny Green, Wagstaff, Ricardo Fuller and Bradley Wright-Phillips.
The danger for the Clarets came from 20-goal hitman Charlie Austin, the top professional striker in the land right now, while Martin Paterson was likely to support him from the left wing, and netted against the Addicks for Scunthorpe United a few seasons ago.
Former West Ham man Junior Stanislas was a threat from out wide but fellow wideman Ross Wallace was suspended.
At the Clarets’ picturesque setting amid the rural Lancashire, grey clouds and floodlights greeted the players as they came out, a far cry from the action that took place in the adjacent cricket pitch in warmer days when barbeques were more common than hot Bovril.
The first opening of the afternoon came on nine minutes as a loose clearance from Hamer was seized by McCann but his floated effort straight back in was too high and wide for the hosts’ liking.
Haynes robbed Brian Stock but hardly troubled Lee Grant with a low shot from range moments later.
After starting a move with a crossfield pass to Kieran Trippier, Austin met the right-back’s cross with a header that hit the rigging behind the net.
Trippier took centre stage on 14 minutes however, when he was sent off.
After a quick Charlton break, Hulse sensibly held the ball up on the right and after a slick interchange with Pritchard suddenly Solly was in space in the box.
The right-back took a touch and his curling effort was blocked on the line. The follow-up from Jackson then clattered off the torso of Trippier on the line before Haynes shot against the bar at the third attempt.
By this time referee Robert Madley had whistled and pointed to the spot, indicating deliberate hand-ball and sending Trippier packing.
From his position on the right post to the tunnel at the far end of the ground it was quite possibly the longest of long walks for the banished defender, and it took some time as the Clarets protested.
But a penalty it was with Jackson taking a moment in the heart of the action before placing the ball.
Sadly for the visitors the skipper could not cash in from 12 yards as Grant dived to his right to turn the low spot-kick round the post.
So an early chance was wasted, although the home fans’ ire with the referee was far from over as they appealed, almost sarcastically at every challenge in the aftermath, applauding loudly when they got a decision.
Dean Marney switched to right-back as Burnley regrouped, and Haynes missed his kick when decently-placed while Paterson’s curling effort was pouched by Hamer.
As the sun started to set, Hulse turned a whipped free-kick off target for the visitors but Burnley’s response in adversity would have delighted Dyche.
Indeed, anyone turning up after the sending off might not have realised the easy-on-the-eye hosts were a man down.
They were almost a goal up too, a minute after the half hour mark as Stock took aim from 30 yards.
It was a blistering drive destined for the roof of the net only for Hamer to spring through the air and make a magnificent fingertip stop.
It was a great save from the keeper and he stood up well at his left post to make a starfish-style stop to keep out Michael Duff’s header at the resulting corner.
Pritchard was way off target after a half-cleared Jackson corner, and Grant did well to deny Haynes on 37 minutes diving to tip away the striker’s angled drive after good work from Kerkar.
Burnley wanted more from the referee than just a lecture after Hulse’s aerial challenge on skipper Jason Shackell.
Haynes glanced a Kerkar header well wide after another good Addicks break two minutes before the break, but parity remained.
In stoppage time at the end of the half Hulse’s header down from a tempting Kerkar cross was cleared from close to the line by Shackell, and moments later a dipping effort from range from the unlikely Cort posed no problems to Grant.
The sides went in one apiece, however, and the Clarets were quick out of the blocks in the second period, the home appeals continuing at every opportunity too.
In what proved to be his last act of the afternoon Jonsson was disposed by Austin eight minutes in but the striker, one-on-one with Cort, sent his placed effort wide of the right upright.
It was another good opening for the hosts with Powell quickly replacing the Icelander with Fuller in a bold attacking move.
Still Burnley looked the livelier attacking force, however, and a Marney cross on 58 minutes picked out Austin who stooped to head another presentable opening wide.
Hulse gathered a Kerkar flick and warmed the hands of Grant for the first time in the half, and yet more protests came from the hosts just past the hour mark as Hamer scooped the ball into his grasp right on the edge of his box.
Standing just yards away, the assistant referee saw no infringement while Fuller was given a second warning after attempting to duck out of a challenge with Shackell, and seeing the defender topple over him.
The Addicks finally grabbed the lead in the 69th minute as Haynes netted again.
It was a move containing two majestic headers after an angled cross into the box from Jackson.
Hulse rose brilliantly to head the ball back across goal and Haynes adjusted his leap supremely well to his left and nodded the ball over Grant and into the bottom corner.
The away fans behind the goal rejoiced and got a close up view of the celebration as, despite being nowhere near their best, their heroes had edged in front.
Dyche sent on Danny Ings for Stanislas and Danny Lafferty made way for David Edgar soon afterwards.
A couple of corners followed for the plucky hosts with McCann’s low drive saved by Hamer before Jackson was booked for a foul on Stock.
Sam Vokes came on for Dyche’s last throw of the dice, replacing Paterson and Austin went close for the hosts five minutes from time.
His header from a corner was blocked and the loose ball landed at his feet, but his scuffed effort from close range was saved by Hamer.
Powell summoned Dervite to try and shore things up and Matt Taylor entered the fray for Hulse in the second of four added minutes at the end.
The Addicks were holding on, but one of the many black shirts in the box dealt with a last-gasp free-kick and Pritchard’s smash upfield proved the last act.
Naturally, the home fans were far from happy but those pocket of supporters in The David Fishwick Stand could reflect on a valiant show from their side – and a third successive win.
Charlton: Hamer; Solly, Seaborne, Morrison, Cort; Pritchard, Jonsson (Fuller 53), Jackson, Kerkar; Haynes (Dervite 86), Hulse (Taylor 90).
Subs (not used): Button, Green, Wagstaff, Wright-Phillips.
Goal: Haynes 69
Booked: Jackson 80 (foul on Stock)
Burnley: Grant; Trippier, Lafferty (Edgar 78), Duff, Shackell; Paterson (Vokes 83), McCann, Marney, Stock, Stanislas (Ings 72); Austin.
Subs (not used): Jensen, Stewart, Mills, Bartley.
Sent off: Trippier 14 (deliberate hand-ball)
Referee: R Madley