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20 January 2024

Match Reports


20 January 2024

MARTIN Paterson’s first home game as a Brewers boss proved a memorable afternoon as goals from Mark Helm and skipper John Brayford secured a 2-0 win over Charlton Athletic.

Helm reminded Albion fans of his goalscoring ability with a cultured finish into the bottom corner of the net midway through the first half and any chances of a Charlton comeback in the second half were made harder when Brayford found himself inside the six yard box to prod home and double the advantage just two minutes after the break.

For his first game in charge of the Brewers, new boss Paterson opted for two changes to the side that were cruelly denied a point in his first game at Derby. Having scored within three minutes of coming on for his debut, Manchester United loanee Joe Hugill was handed a starting role alongside Mason Bennett, replacing Bez Lulaba in attack. The other change saw Ciaran Gilligan drop out as Helm made his return from injury having missed out on action since a foot injury against Wrexham in December.

Bennett picked up an early yellow card as Albion looked to break up a spell of Charlton possession with a late challenge on the touchline that upended Tayo Edun.

Joe Powell’s free kick caused Charlton to hastily clear their lines as Albion grew into the game.

But for all of Charlton’s early pressure it was Albion who showed the sharper touch in front of goal when HELM fired them ahead. Max Crocombe’s long ball out was helped on by Hugill and Helm did the rest capitalising on space on the left to drive into the box and find the fire corner.

Charlton started to up their game and Crocombe had to make an awkward full length save to claw away a wickedly curling effort from defender Terell Thomas. Tyreeq Bakinson made good contact with the resulting corner, but the Albion keeper was well placed to block allowing his defenders to clear the danger.

And Bakinson was inches away from an equaliser just before half time with a low angled shot that beat Crocombe but also bounced wide of the post.


Albion were gifted the perfect start to the second half when Skipper BRAYFORD poached a second goal for the Brewers. A long throw wasn’t defended particularly well coming out to Helm who lobbed the ball to the back post. Tennai Watson’s challenge on Oshilaja inadvertently sent the ball towards the back post where Brayford was waiting to stab home.

The shell-shocked visitors needed a quick response and new signing Freddie Ladapo flashed an angled drive over the bar to momentarily create nervous moments for Albion.

A double change just after the hour mark saw Albion fresh their attack with Hugill and Bennett replaced by Lubala and Mustapha Carayol.

Jasper Moon made a crucial interception to get a toe end to the ball and deny Alfie May a clear shot on goal before Charlton made a triple substitution to try and turn the game around.

One of those subs, Daniel Kanu managed to steer a shot on target as Charlton started to throw men forwards. His shot was into the ground which made it easy for Crocombe to grab it.

There was a delay late on as referee Alan Young was unable to continue and had to be replaced by senior assistant Jack Forder. It was a delay that contributed to nine added minutes at the end of the game.

Charlton threatened but the best they could muster was Kanu's rising shot that hit the bar and after that Albion were home and hosed as they moved above their visitors in the League One table.


ALBION: Crocombe; Moon, Brayford, Sweeney; Caprice, Oshilaja, Powell, Seddon; Helm (Chauke, 83); Hugill (Lubala, 62), Bennett (Carayol, 62).

Substitutes: Blackman, Harper, Lubala, Chauke, Carayol, Scott, Tame.


GOALS: ALBION – Helm (24), Brayford (47)


Referee: Alan Young


Attendance: 3,070

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