Jason Euell’s Charlton Athletic team edged out Cardiff City in a Professional Under-23 Development League match at Sparrow One in London.
Former Jamaican international Euell, who played club football for Charlton and Middlesbrough, watched his players take all three points and jump above Cardiff into fourth place.
Brendan Wiredu (44 mins) and Hady Ghandour (62 mins) scored Charlton’s goals, while Isaak Davies was on target for City just before the hour.
Charlton had suffered three successive defeats going into this clash – one of them in the Premier League Cup – while this was Cardiff’s first defeat at under-23 level since Steve Morison became coach four games ago.
Goalkeeper Nathan Harness was outstanding for Charlton and reacted quickly to deny Davies from an early chance created by a high ball over the home defence.
Wiredu scored Charlton’s first goal just before half-time, when he ran on to a Ghandour pass and finished clinically past goalkeeper Matt Hall.
Ghanaian Wiredu almost netted again soon after, when his shot rebounded off the far post.
Harness did well to stop a Sion Spence half volley.
Cardiff pressed hard after the break and equalised when Davies ran through on the left and fired beyond Harness into the net from a Rubin Colwill pass.
It was a third goal in as many under-23 matches for Davies, who has made 16 appearances for the under-18 side far this season.
Composed in front of goal, the forward did well to shoot home to level for the visitors, having come back to equalise against the run of play.
Charlton regained the lead four minutes later when Ghandour scored their second.
Rubin Colwill’s shot was blocked on the line with Cardiff putting their hosts under pressure and Charlton were forced to defend doggedly to hang on to the three points.
Cardiff City’s scheduled home fixture against Queens Park Rangers next Monday has been postponed and Cardiff’s under-18 match against QPR at home was called off on Saturday.
Charlton under-23: Nathan Harness, Kenneth Yao, Charles Clayden, Henry, Luca Vega (Sam Keefe 64), John Powell, Junior Quitirna (Jonathan Williams 80), Albie Morgan, Josh Davison (Richard Afrane-Kesey 90), Brendan Wiredu, Hady Ghandour. Subs not used) Nathan Harvey (gk), Lucas Ness
Cardiff City under-23: Matt Hall, Trystan Jones (Owen Pritchard 65), Sam Parsons, Tavio D’Almeida, Eli King, Jack Bodenham, Sion Spence, Ryan Kavanagh (Sam Bowen 70), Isaak Davies, Rubin Colwill, Jacob Evans. Subs not used: Ben Margetson, Nativ Yanko (gk)
Referee: AA Bola