- CHARLTON ATHLETIC 3 - 2 YEOVIL TOWN
Yeovil Town's Championship survival hopes were severely dented last night after losing at at relegation rivals Charlton. After cancelling out the home side's opener, the Glovers capitulated at the start of the second half by conceding two goals in just three minutes.
Charlton got their noses in front after just nine minutes when ex-Liverpool midfielder Astrit Ajdarevic collected a loose ball on the halfway line, beat one Yeovil challenge before firing into the bottom corner past Chris Dunn from outside the penalty box.
The Swede peeled away in delight, but the hosts' celebrations were short-lived as the visitors responded within two minutes.
Joel Grant applied the finishing touch from James Hayter's pass, but his effort took a wicked deflection off Richard Wood to wrong-foot goalkeeper Ben Hamer.
The Glovers almost took the lead in the 13th minute when Hayter scuffed his shot from eight yards.
There were chances a plenty, Reza should have done better from close-range before Yeovil's Joe Ralls had two opportunities in as many minutes.
The on-loan Cardiff midfielder fired a shot from 20 yards which fizzed over the crossbar. Then Ralls forced Hamer into a smart stop with a left-footed drive from distance.
Gary Johnson's Yeovil kept pushing forward to try and get themselves ahead.
Tom Lawrence almost managed to do just that when the Welshman, on loan from Manchester United, hit the crossbar directly from a corner.
But, as the half wore on, Charlton grew in stature and began to impose themselves on the Huish Park side.
Stopper Dunn came to the rescue twice, saving from Ajdarevic and then making a superb save to deny Marvin Sordell.
That came from a poor pass from Byron Webster which was intercepted by Diego Poyet and the son of Gus played Sordell into the space and his shot was turned around the post.
But Charlton maintained their momentum early in the second period to gain a foothold in the game.
The home side restored their advantage when defender Dorian Dervite powered home a 48th-minute header from Johnnie Jackson's corner.
Then Sordell added a third for Riga's men, tapping in after Dunn failed to hold Reza's right-wing cross to ease their relegation worries despite substitute Kieffer Moore's consolation goal for Yeovil.
– Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town manager
The fat lady is not quite singing yet, but it's a poor result as far as our season is concerned because this was going to be a key game. It's not over just yet. We are still in it with five games left but we have given ourselves less of a chance because of the result.
Mathematically, we are still in it and we have hope. We are going to have to win a few games now - half of them at least - and hope that the other teams fall away and do not get a result at all.
It was a big game and I'm disappointed that we lost concentration at the start of both halves. We had some good chances, but so did they. The game could have gone either way.
– Jose Riga, Charlton manager
The result was the most important thing. The showed they are not just strong technically and physically, but mentally as well.
Now the other teams above are concerned. The likes of Birmingham and Blackpool are now in it and we still have two games in hand.
- NEWPORT COUNTY 1 - 2 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE
Plymouth Argyle have edged closer to the play-offs after securing their first win in four games.
All the goals were scored during a ten minute period in the first half. The Pilgrims went ahead in the 21st minute when Nathan Thomas' cross was headed in by Tyler Harvey at the far post.
Former Argyle striker Chris Zebroski levelled six minutes later, but captain Conor Hourihane struck the winner from 20 yards soon after.
The win keeps John Sheridan's men in ninth position, but they're now just two points behind York who occupy the final play-off spot.