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Wednesday blues for The Addicks faithful

LEVEL: Reda Johnson scored the first goal for Sheffield Wednesday against Charlton

A LEROY Lita winner gave Sheffield Wednesday a much needed three points as they beat Charlton 2-1 at The Valley. The striker had only joined up with the team at 8am, at their hotel after signing on loan from Swansea City.

It was an inspired comeback from Dave Jones’ men who started the day just three points above the relegation zone.

But there will be questions asked of Chris Powell who made three substitutions in the 92nd minute when the game was all but lost.

The Addicks were the better side for much of the first half and former England player Chris Kirkland was by far the busier goalkeeper. While youngster Cedric Evina did well to keep Danny Pugh quiet, after he signed on loan from Leeds United.

When the visitors did get in the box Matt Taylor blocked the ball on the line from a Reda Johnson header and Ben Hamer collected the ball comfortably from a Giles Coke corner in the 30th minute.

Some would say Coke was lucky to be on the pitch at that time, after his through tackle on Dale Stephens was deemed to be only a yellow by referee G Salisbury. From the look of the reactions in the technical area, Chris Powell didn’t agree.

Although when asked, he could merely say: “Ask the referee.”

Prior to the game, the visitors sat nine places below Powell’s men so it was no surprise to see which team looked more confident as the game progressed.

Unfortunately the home side couldn’t turn this confidence into goals as they failed to take them time and again. Amongst those in the Wednesday defence was former Addick Miguel Llera who didn’t adhere himself to the home fans with some strong defending.

Charlton took the lead just two minutes in to the second half as captain Johnnie Jackson scored just inside the far post after strong hold-up play from Yann Kermogant. Most of Charlton’s good work had come from the right following good work from Lawrie Wilson and fan favourite Chris Solly, and their opener was no exception.

It would have been sensible to expect the Addicks to increase their lead but they seemed to become a bit too relaxed against a side that had created 19 chances against Wolves.

On the 54th minute, Jones brought on Lita and the introduction of the well-travelled striker gave the away team the pace and impetus they needed. The loanee had a shot straight away that was blocked by defender Michael Morrison and this should have been the warning sign for Charlton.

Dale Stephens will rue his chance that went over while Scott Wagstaff will be cursing the post that got in the way of his cracking shot.

But it was Reda Johnson who scored the leveller in the 83rd minute, when he managed to get his header on target.

It was just five minutes later that Lita scored the winner to come back and haunt a club where he spent time on loan in 2008, to give the Owls a deserved winner.

Jones will travel back to Yorkshire in confident mood, while Powell will wonder if his side are up to the challenge of a local derby away to Crystal Palace next week.

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