Result: Dale Stephens downs Birmingham City

Dale Stephens's 57th-minute strike proves sufficient for Charlton Athletic, as Chris Powell's men record a slender 1-0 victory away to Birmingham City.

Charlton Athletic have registered a slender 1-0 victory over Birmingham City at St Andrews, courtesy of a second-half Dale Stephens strike.

Birmingham's Callum Reilly tackles Charlton's Lawrie Wilson during their Championship match on November 2, 2013© Getty Images

Stephens's 57th-minute goal proved sufficient in downing the Blues, who struggled in their attempts to finish the opportunities they forged throughout the encounter.

Both sides struggled to create chances throughout an insipid opening to the game, with neither goalkeeper finding himself heavily involved in proceedings.

Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic thought he had scored the game's opening goal midway through the first half, only for it to be chalked off, with the Serbia international adjudged to have fouled goalkeeper Ben Hamer in the build-up.

As the half grew older it was the visitors who looked most likely to break the deadlock, with defender Dan Burn nicking the ball away from striker Simon Church at the vital moment in front of goal, before Johnnie Jackson thumped a shot narrowly wide.

The Addicks broke the deadlock 12 minutes after the restart, as Stephens was on hand to tap into an empty net after goalkeeper Darren Randolph spilled Cameron Stewart's stinging effort.

Charlton boss Chris Powell has defender Michael Morrison to thank for preserving the lead, as the 25-year-old twice cleared off the line; first from Zigic, before repeating the feat to deny Tom Adeyemi.

Second-half substitute Peter Lovenkrands spurned arguably the opportunity of the game in the dying embers, as the former Newcastle United forward blazed over from 10 yards following Zigic's knock-down.

Birmingham manager Lee Clark looks on during the match against Watford on August 3, 2013
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