Darren Pratley’s winner against QPR was only his second goal of the season

Charlton Athletic boosted their hopes of Championship survival with a victory over Queens Park Rangers that leaves their London rivals cut adrift of the play-off spots.

Darren Pratley’s early header from a Josh Cullen corner put the hosts in front just moments after Eberechi Eze curled a shot narrowly wide at the other end.

Dillon Phillips made a fine reflex save immediately after the break to deny Jordan Hugill a close-range equaliser from what was the visitors’ best chance of the game.

Victory lifts Lee Bowyer’s side to 17th in the table, four points and five places above the relegation zone with seven matches remaining, although the five teams immediately below them in the table are yet to play this weekend.

For Charlton, it was the first time since August that they have managed back-to-back victories, having overcome relegation rivals Hull City a week earlier.

QPR’s second defeat in as many weeks since football’s restart after the coronavirus-enforced break sees them fall 10 points behind Cardiff in the fourth and final play-off spot in sixth after their win at Preston on Saturday.

More to follow.



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