The curtain came down on Charlton’s 2014/15 season with a 3-0 defeat to Football League champions AFC Bournemouth at The Valley.
The visitors set the pace early on, going two goals up inside the opening 12 minutes via Matt Ritchie and Harry Arter’s strikes and they would prove to be more than enough before Ritchie sealed the seasiders’ celebrations with another goal late on.
The result, however, did not have an effect on the Addicks’ quest for a top-half finish, as Guy Luzon’s men finish in 12th position.
With the title to play for, the visitors, unsurprisingly, made a bright start with a certain Yann Kermorgant trying his luck twice in the opening exchanges. First, with free-kick struck straight at the wall before he curled an effort wide from the edge of the box.
And 10 minutes into proceedings they took a deserved lead when Ritchie rounded off a superb move, firing a low shot in off the left-hand post with Kermorgant claiming the assist.
Just two minutes later, they had doubled their lead.
Former Addick Arter was the man to grab it, pouncing on Yoni Buyens to dispossess the Belgian and head towards goal before completing an easy finish.
The Cherries had their tails well and truly up with Callum Wilson forcing Roger Johnson into a good block from close range while another old Charlton boy, Simon Francis, came inches away with a low drive past the post from 25 yards.
Luzon’s side were barely seeing any of the ball as the visitors knocked it around the park with the greatest of, although the Addicks did finally settle down somewhat, with Igor Vetokele coming inches away from connecting with Tony Watt’s low cross, while Frederic Bulot tested Artur Boruc with a low drive on the half hour.
Five minutes before the break, the hosts suffered a further blow when Vetokele limped off with an injury and was replaced by Simon Church, capping off an altogether forgettable half of football for the south Londoners.
Charlton started the second period in much better fashion, and enjoyed a few forays forward, most notably when Bulot saw a shot blocked from Chris Solly’s cutback, before Gudmundsson showed fantastic tenacity to get down the right, despite being felled by a Cherries defender, to get back up and supply Church with a lay-off, but the Wales international saw his effort cleared to safety.
Bournemouth, however, very nearly went straight down the other end to grab a third as Ritchie cleverly knocked the ball over the head of Morgan Fox before seeing his deflected shot loop back off the crossbar. While Charlie Daniels saw his swivelled shot bounce just wide with 18 minutes left on the clock.
With 15 to and the season all but wrapped up, the Addicks went down to 10 men after Watt limped off with an injury with Luzon having made all of his allotted substitutions.
Indeed, it would prove costly as the Cherries coasted to victory for the remainder of the game, scoring a third with five minutes left courtesy of another crisp Ritchie finish.
That goal came as news filtered in that Watford had relinquished their grip on the Championship title meaning that Bournemouth would be going up as champions, and the Valley faithful showed their class by giving their visitors a standing ovation as the game, and the season, reached its conclusion.
Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Fox, Johnson, Ben Haim, Gudmundsson, Diarra (Gomez 69), Buyens, Bulot (Eagles 69), Vetokele (Church 39), Watt.
Subs (not used): Etheridge, Bikey-Amougou, Wiggins, Lennon.
Booked: Johnson 25 (foul on Wilson), Diarra 43 (foul on Kermorgant),
AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Arter (Gosling 61), Pugh (Smith 69), Kermorgant (Jones 82), Wilson.
Subs (not used): Allsop, Ward, Fraser, Pitman.
Goals: Ritchie 10, 85, Arter 12
Referee: N Swarbrick
Att: 21,280 (4,668)