HALF-TIME: Bristol City 0, Charlton Athletic 1
Danny Haynes returned to haunt Bristol City in today's crunch npower Championship game at Ashton Gate.
Returning to BS3 for the first time since leaving to join Barnsley two seasons ago, the striker silenced home fans by firing Charlton in front midway through the first half.
He saw another shot hit the post and City, bottom of the table and low on confidence after six straight defeats, were fortunate not to be further behind at half-time.
If the Ashton Gate crowd appeared anxious, City's players made a reasonable enough start despite beginning the day four points adrift of safety.
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Winger Albert Adomah was at the heart of their best moments during the opening exchanges and his low centre caused consternation in Charlton ranks on 10 minutes.
The ball was allowed to travel beyond the far post to Martyn Woolford, whose goal-bound shot was brilliantly blocked by Addicks right-back Chris Solly.
City were left to rue that missed opportunity when Charlton took the lead after 20 minutes.
Allowed time and space on the edge of the penalty area, Rob Hulse picked out Dale Stephens and his low shot hit both posts before bouncing out to Haynes, whose finish from 10 yards was assured.
He ought to have put the visitors further ahead two minutes later, after seizing upon a downward header from Johnnie Jackson. But, with only keeper Tom Heaton to beat, Haynes sent his volley from close range crashing against the outside of an upright.
Stunned at falling behind, the Robins tried to respond and Ryan Taylor and Woolford combined to open up Charlton's defence, only for Sam Baldock to scuff his shot and permit Ben Hamer to make a routine save.