Nov 6, 2012 at 7.45pm UK at ​The Valley
CharltonCharlton Athletic
5-4
CardiffCardiff City
Jackson (39', 45'), Stephens (54'), Haynes (59'), Hulse (65')
Pritchard (32'), Morrison (60'), Solly (73'), Stephens (86')
FT(HT: 2-2)
Noone (90'), Mason (24'), Helguson (4'), Gunnarsson (90')
Connolly (44'), Taylor (61'), Turner (83')

Result: Charlton Athletic edge nine-goal thriller

Result: Charlton Athletic edge nine-goal thriller
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Charlton Athletic defeat Cardiff City 5-4 in a game of the season contender.

Charlton Athletic defeated Cardiff City in a nine-goal thriller at The Valley this evening in what will surely go down as one of the Championship's games of the season.

The Welsh outfit almost took the lead in the third minute when winger Craig Noone hit a powerful right-footed effort towards goal, forcing an impressive save from Ben Hamer between the home sticks.

They were in front two minutes later; Andrew Taylor crossed in from the right and Heidar Helguson headed home from six yards out.

Peter Whittingham almost doubled Cardiff's advantage on 22 minutes, but Hamer produced a good stop to keep out his left-footed drive.

It was only a matter of time before Malky Mackay's team extended their lead, and they did just that in the 24th minute. Helguson was the provider this time, lining the ball up for Joe Mason to smash in from close range.

Charlton pulled a goal back against the run of play on 39 minutes, with Johnnie Jackson finding the top corner after good work from Michael Morrison.

Cardiff were left kicking themselves at the stroke of half-time when they allowed Charlton to draw level. Salim Kerkar whipped in a corner and Jackson pounced for his second of the night, making it 2-2 at half-time.

Whittingham almost put the visitors back in front just after the interval, with Hamer tipping his low shot around the post, but the second half would be an entirely different story.

MacKay's men fell behind in the 56th minute to a Dale Stephens strike from more than 35 yards back.

Fives minutes later it was 4-2, as Bradley Pritchard played in Danny Haynes on the right and the midfielder placed his shot straight into the centre of goal.

Charlton were a dominant force in the second half, and they got their fifth on 65 minutes when Kerkar's cross was headed in to the lower right corner by Rob Hulse from six yards out.

Noone ensured a dramatic finish when he latched onto Dave Marshall's long-range pass to bundle the ball home in stoppage time, and there was more drama to come.

Aron Gunnarsson found the net in the 95th minute to add another consolation, but a fifth was a bridge too far for Cardiff in this roller-coaster ride.

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