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Posted Sun 04 May 14 at 15:44 PM

Charlton v Blackpool

Olly Groome reports from Bloomfield Road

So there we have it. 

It all ended in style for Charlton as they ended their campaign with victory by the seaside over Blackpool. 

On an afternoon in which the Seasiders were sweating on their Championship safety, the Addicks could enjoy it knowing that their own had been long since secured. 

And with the pressure off, they pulled off what turned out to be a convincing final-day victory with thanks to a certain Callum Harriott. 

The winger bagged a second-half hat-trick on the beach, adding to his brace on Tuesday night against Watford to finish his season with the well-earned reputation of a goalscoring hero. 

José Riga made just one change to the side which secured safety four days earlier with Astrit Ajdarević coming into the side in place of Chris Solly with Lawrie Wilson reverting to the right-back position. 

It was the hosts who got the action under way with Chris Basham carving out a shot from 25 yards which, although well hit, posed no problem for Ben Hamer. 

And four minutes later they came even closer when Stephen Dobbie showed patience before skidding an effort off the turf and narrowly wide of the right-hand upright with the flat-footed Addicks stopper left watching. 

Blackpool had started the better, clearly eager for that opening goal to ease the Bloomfield crowd’s nerves and a crunching Diego Poyet tackle in the box ended a good passing move to deny Dobbie a chance at the eleventh hour while the Crystal Palace loanee forced Hamer into a good save at his near post shortly after. 

More chances came for the home side with Craig Cathcart heading just over from Isaiah Osbourne’s set-piece delivery after 22 minutes and the midfielder powered through the middle before delivering again 10 minutes before the break – Basham this time the man to head straight at Hamer. 

It was not until the 40th minute that the Addicks had a sight at goal, and it came when Marvin Sordell was hacked down by Osbourne 40 yards from goal. 

Dorian Dervite stepped up to try his luck but his piledriver was no concern of Matthew Gilks in the Blackpool goal as he watched it sail wide. 

Meanwhile, the hosts came close with a speculative effort of their own on the stroke of half-time as Andy Keogh unleashed a belting volley from just outside the box which dipped only just over. 

And with that, a somewhat uneventful half came to an end for the Addicks with the Tangerines the better side in the first 45. 

While it took Charlton 40 minutes to register a shot in the first half, it was a different story in the second. 

With just a minute on the clock Ajdarević showed good feet before playing in Sordell. 

The Olympian released a powerful snapshot from just inside the box which saw Gilks sprawling to his right to keep it out. It was the closest the Addicks had come. 

Just before the hour Blackpool could, and perhaps should, have taken the lead when good build-up play saw the ever-dangerous Dobbie played in behind the Addicks' back four. 

But with just Hamer to beat, the Scottish international dragged his shot wide much to the frustration of the tangerine faithful. 

Moments later, however, and a flowing Charlton move forwards resulted in the Addicks taking the lead, albeit somewhat against the run of play. 

Dervite played in Sordell who, in turn, played through a delightful ball to Harriott who made no mistake, slotting past the onrushing Gilks to put the visitors 1-0 ahead. 

The goal not only rounded off an impressive passing move for the Addicks but an equally impressive week for the winger who had just netted his third goal in two games. 

The hosts responded immediately and had their most clear-cut chance yet when Neal Bishop got on the end of a cut-back 10 yards from goal only for Dervite to make another vital block as the last line of defence. 

While the home side had the far more forays forward, Charlton had by far the more effective as was proven with eight minutes remaining when goal machine Harriott struck again. 

Substitute Jonathan Obika did superbly to skin his marker after working his way down the left before pulling the ball back to the youngster who was lurking around the penalty spot and finished expertly to curl past Gilks for his second goal of the afternoon and fourth in four days. 

With that, the game was all but over as the Addicks took control. 

As the game entered injury-time Harriott glanced a ball across goal which evaded a vital touch by three waiting black shirts but moments later, quite extraordinarily, the tricky wide man struck to make it 3-0 and bag a first hat-trick of his fledgling career. 

Picking up possession outside the box, he composed himself before drilling a low effort which nestled nicely into the bottom right-hand corner much to the delight of the 20-year-old and, indeed, the travelling Addicks hoard. 

And so, the rollercoaster season came to end quite fittingly beside the Pleasure Beach with a convincing win and seven points clear of the drop. 

What was all the fuss about?

Charlton: Hamer; Wilson, Fox, Dervite, Morrison; Cousins (Petrucci 64), Poyet, Jackson, Harriott, Ajdarevic, (Obika 78); Sordell (Pigott 87).

Subs (not used): Phillips, Church, Wood, Lennon

Booked: Petrucci 75 (high foot on Bishop), Harriott 82 (excessive celebration)

Goal: Harriott 61, 82, 90+2

Blackpool: Gilks; McMahon, Halliday, McGahey, Cathcart; Basham (Barkhuizen 72), Perkins, Osbourne, Dobbie, Bishop (Grandin 84); Keogh, (Fuller 68).

Subs (not used): Halstead, Angel, Haroun, Goodwillie.

Booked: none

Referee: K Friend

Att: 15,515 (1,335 from Charlton)

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