George Jones reports from The Valley
Charlton booked their place in the second round of the Emirates FA Cup by earning an impressive victory against League One leaders Scunthorpe United at The Valley on Saturday afternoon.
A stunning strike from Ademola Lookman, who minutes earlier had replaced the injured Ricky Holmes, put the Addicks in front and Johnnie Jackson’s crisp finish doubled their advantage before half time.
The Iron rallied after the break and pulled one back through Tom Hopper but Lookman’s second of the afternoon made the result safe eight minutes from time.
The result means that the Addicks have now tasted victory in their last three matches in SE7 and they will be represented by ball number 37 in Monday night’s second-round draw.
In terms of team news, Russell Slade made three changes to his side, with Kevin Foley, Ezri Konsa and skipper Jackson all coming in. They replaced Chris Solly, Jason Pearce and Lookman; the latter dropped to the bench with the other two missing out through injury.
The opening chance of the game arrived after just 20 seconds when Nicky Ajose looped a cross into the visitors’ penalty area but they were able to get the danger clear.
The Addicks then had appeals for a penalty turned down, with barely two minutes on the clock. A nice one-two between Ajose and Holmes released the latter inside the box and, after cutting inside, he went to ground but the referee awarded nothing.
At the other end, a vital interception from Morgan Fox denied Paddy Madden a tap-in at the far post, following a cross from Josh Morris, and Declan Rudd then had to be alert to hold onto a powerful strike from Kevin van Veen.
The Scunthorpe defence managed to snuff out Holmes and Fredrik Ulvestad on the edge of the box – with both looking to get a shot away – and League One’s top scorer Josh Morris then thumped a strike wide of goal for the Iron.
A slick move from the visitors saw van Veen go close on 21 minutes. Full-back Scott Wiseman overlapped on the right flank and cut back to the striker, who hooked the ball over the crossbar from 10 yard out.
The Addicks were dealt a blow on 27 minute when Holmes was forced to make way with an ankle injury, having received a hefty kick on his ankle a few moments earlier. He was replaced by Lookman and the home side carved out a decent chance shortly after his arrival.
Jackson fed possession into Magennis, who laid off Ajose but his strike was well blocked by a man in green. The loose ball fell for Lookman but, again, the visitors were well positioned to clear the danger.
It was a quick first involvement for Lookman and he would soon make a telling contribution.
Picking up possession on the edge of the box, he shifted the ball onto his left foot before whipping it into the top corner of the net, giving Luke Daniels absolutely no chance.
It was some strike from the England youth international and the Addicks quickly went in search of a second.
Ajose escaped down the right and crossed for Magennis, who met it with a glancing header that flew just wide.
It would have been a great team goal and Charlton did not have to wait much longer for their second.
Lookman jinked away from his man in the middle of the pitch and sprayed the ball out to Jackson on the left. He waited for Fox to provide the overlapping run and, after his cross was blocked, the ball came back to the skipper, who picked out the bottom corner with a crisp finish.
Magennis saw a header tipped over the bar by Daniels as Charlton looked for a third and, just before the half-time whistle, Rudd did well to hold onto a fierce strike from Connor Townsend.
Charlton held a two-goal lead at the break but Scunthorpe almost halved that inside 90 seconds of the restart. Van Veen played in replacement Tom Hopper but Rudd raced off his line to make a wonderful save.
Van Veen curled wide of the post on 50 minutes, as the Iron made the early running at the beginning of the second period, and the Dutchman was then foiled again by Rudd when he let fly from a tight angle.
Scunthorpe did pull one back two minutes later. Hopper lost his man at a corner and powered a header into the net at the near post.
With their tails up, the League One leaders did not waste any time in looking for an equaliser, and they came close to getting it on 54 minutes. The ball was laid back to Holmes and he fired a first-time strike at goal that deflected off the post. Van Veen was first to the loose ball, Rudd denied him and the striker then curled wide with his second attempt.
The Addicks were under the cosh but they created a good chance of their own when Magennis broke on the left and won a corner. Jackson’s flag-kick was only half cleared and Duane Holmes then inadvertently volleyed the ball behind for a corner, after a cross was sent back into the danger area.
Lookman dipped a free-kick a yard wide of the target as Charlton edged their way back into proceedings and, on 65 minutes, Ajose fired off target after making a good run.
It perhaps should have been 3-1 a couple of minutes later. Magennis latched onto a short back pass from the Iron’s defence but Luke Daniels was quickly off his line to make a good save.
Luke Williams shot wide for Scunthorpe 20 minutes from time and, for the Addicks, Jackson then forced Daniels into a decent stop from his header.
True to the FA Cup, the match had developed into a real end-to-end tie and the visitors were next to go close when Morris curled just wide of the post with a low strike.
Jackson got himself in the way of a dangerous strike from Williams on 79 minutes and that was made even more important three minutes later as Charlton made it three.
After Andrew Crofts won possession on the edge of his own box, Ulvestad led the charge forward and he waited for the perfect moment to play in Lookman, who slotted home for his second of the game.
The strike gave the Addicks the breathing space that they needed to comfortably see out the remainder of match, and they could have made it four before the end.
Novak broke clear and lobbed the ball over the onrushing Daniels but his effort just had too much on it and it sailed over.
It didn’t matter, though, as Charlton’s work had long since been done as they booked their place in round two.
Charlton: Rudd, Foley, Bauer, Konsa, Fox, Holmes (Lookman 27), Crofts, Ulvestad, Jackson (Botaka 89), Magennis, Ajose (Novak 73).
Subs (not used): Phillips, Lennon, Teixeira, Chicksen.
Goals: Lookman 34, 83 Jackson 40
Booked: Bauer 12 (foul on Morris)
Scunthorpe United: Daniels, Wiseman, Wallace, Dawson (c), Madden (Hopper 42), Van Veen, Morris, Smallwood (Mantom 77), Holmes (Williams 67), Goode, Townsend.
Subs (not used): Anyon, Mirfin, Adelakun, Clarke.
Goal: Hopper 52
Booked: van Veen 72 (foul on Ulvestad), Townsend 80 (hand ball), Williams 90 (foul on Lookman)
Attendance: 4,123 (682 from Scunthorpe).