Charlton came out late winners against Bournemouth at the Valley last night as new manager Jose Riga recorded his first win in charge of the Addicks. Their defence has looked solid since Riga's first game in charge against Huddersfield and they went on to claim their third clean sheet in a row, getting close to Powell's record for this season of four consecutive clean sheets in late October.
Jose Riga can take all the credit after making an early change and bringing on Jordan Obika – who signed on loan from Tottenham this week – and going 4-3-3 late on in a game where Powell may have been tempted to settle for the point.
The win is impressive against a Bournemouth side who have been in good form, keeping clean sheets in and not losing their last four.
It also leaves Charlton firmly in charge of their own fate, with three games in hand over the majority of teams above them. And if climbing out of the bottom three isn't sweet enough for Addicks fans, their movement up the table also saw rivals Millwall fall into the bottom three.
A new manager coming in at this late stage in the season can sometimes be a risk, but Jose Riga seems to have settled into life as Charlton boss fairly quickly and fans at the Valley are helping that by getting right behind their manager. The team have responded to the tweaks he's made to their shape and in-turn are seeing their rewards.
Diego Poyet merited all of the attention directed towards him this week from Premier League clubs with another excellent performance shielding the defence and controlling the midfield from a deep position. Charlton will be hoping to hang onto him after his contract runs out in the summer, and 18-year-old Poyet will play a key part in their survival hopes between now and the end of the season.
Riga will be grateful for the three points and the momentum they will bring, with fixtures against: Burnley, Nottingham Forest, Derby, Leeds and Reading coming up in that order before a crucial game against Yeovil on April 8th.