George Jones reports from the John Smith's Stadium
Charlton’s bad run of form was extended on Tuesday night as they suffered a heavy, 5-0 defeat at Huddersfield Town.
Mark Hudson and Nahki Wells put the hosts in control in the first half, with Jamie Paterson, Duane Holmes and Jason Davidson compounding the Londoners’ misery after the break.
The Addicks also saw Reza Ghoochannejhad sent off in the dying stages for picking up two bookings in as many minutes.
Karel Fraeye rang the changes from Saturday’s FA Cup defeat at Colchester United, with eight made it total.
Stephen Henderson was restored in goal and a back four of Chris Solly, Roger Johnson, Harry Lennon and Morgan Fox operated in front of him.
Diego Poyet earned his second start since returning to the club on loan, alongside Rhys Williams and captain Johnnie Jackson in midfield, while Callum Harriott, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Ricardo Vaz Te made up an attacking trio.
The hosts’ Davidson zipped a cross into Charlton’s box in the first minute, which fell for Tommy Smith at the far post but he drilled well wide of the target.
Huddersfield dominated possession in the early stages without causing Charlton any problems and it was from another Davidson centre that the game’s next half-chance arrived.
He squared in towards Nahki Wells, who met it at the near post but could only direct it harmlessly wide.
Things remained cagey and only a full-blooded challenge from Davidson denied Solly a clear crossing opportunity before, at the other end, Johnson did well to turn a Lolley delivery over his own crossbar.
The Addicks cleared the resulting corner but Town were controversially awarded another set-piece when Gudmundsson appeared to clear against Smith on the byline.
Referee Geoff Eltringham awarded a corner, though, and the Terriers would take advantage of it. After the initial danger was cleared, Smith sent in another cross and Hudson met it with a bullet header to put them in front on 18 minutes.
They immediately looked to press home the advantage with Smith overhitting a cross from the right, having been freed by Emyr Huws, and Gudmundsson then won the Addicks a corner of their own after a strong tackle in midfield from Williams had turned over possession.
Poyet saw a volley blocked on the edge of the box and Harriott quickly suffered the same fate when the loose ball fell his way five minutes before the break as Charlton looked to claw themselves back into the game.
Harry Bunn drilled straight at Henderson for Huddersfield before Williams broke into Town’s box, though his foray was quickly ended by Hudson’s long clearance.
Town made it 2-0 a minute before the break. Lolley’s corner was headed back across goal at the far post at Wells was positioned on the goalline to turn home. The Charlton defence looked to the linesman as Wells wheeled away in celebration, but the offside flag was not forthcoming.
An inviting cross from Wells skimmed off the head of Lennon inside the opening minute of the second period. From the resulting corner, which was taken short, Henderson got down to his right to make a smart save.
Charlton carved out a good chance on 49 minutes. Poyet won possession from Huws on the edge of Town’s box and, with Gudmunddson making a good run to his right, he instead aimed at goal and home goalkeeper Jed Steer made a comfortable stop.
Henderson held onto Jonathan Hogg’s deflected cross and did likewise when Wells met Davidson’s deep cross full on the volley after 55 minutes.
A neat exchange of passes between Vaz Te and Harriott led to a couple of Charlton corners and Harriott smashed high and wide on 67 minutes when possession fell kindly for him inside the box.
It was 3-0 15 minutes from time. Paterson dribbled across the edge of the box, made himself half a yard and picked out the bottom corner with a well-placed strike.
And a bad night quickly got even worse just four minutes later. Substitute Holmes picked up the ball 20 yards from goal, he toe poked towards goal, with his effort taking a big deflection before looping into the corner.
Reza Ghoochannejhad curled a free-kick into wall as Charlton tried t grab a consolation and, at the other end, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis did well to stifle the danger following a rampaging un forward from Holmes.
Ghoochannejhad picked up a booking for a foul on Davidson on 87 minutes and, less than a minute later, he was given his marching orders for a simiarly late challenge.
Davidson scored Town’s fifth in stoppage time, turning home from close range.
Huddersfield: Steer, Smith, Davidson, Hudson (c) (Crainie 78), Hogg, Paterson, Huws (Holmes 54), Bunn, Lolley (Dempsey 60), Wells, Lynch.
Subs (not used): Murphy, Miller, Crainie, Husband, Billing.
Goals: Hudson 18, Wells 44, Paterson 75, Holmes 79
Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Johnson, Lennon, Fox (Holmes-Dennis 62), Poyet, Williams (Ghoochannejhad 62), Jackson, Gudmundsson (Makienok 74), Harriott, Vaz Te.
Subs (not used): Pope, Sarr, Makienok, Charles-Cook, Moussa.
Booked: Solly 23 (foul on Lynch), Williams 30 (persistant fouling), Fox 53 (foul on Lolley), Ghoochannejhad 86 (foul on Davidson)
Sent off: Ghoochannejhad 88 (foul on Hogg)
Referee: G Eltringham