James McClean opened the scoring for Stoke City with his second goal in three games

Stoke City pulled Charlton Athletic closer to the Championship relegation zone with a 3-1 win that extended the Potters’ unbeaten home run to six matches.

James McClean opened the scoring from close range but Ben Purrington’s volley put Charlton level on the stroke of half-time.

Tom Ince restored Stoke’s lead just after the restart with Nick Powell’s strike sealing the points.

Victory lifts Stoke above the Addicks into 20th place in the table, five points above the bottom three.

Stoke’s first-half monopoly on possession eventually paid off when Powell headed on a Sam Clucas free-kick for McClean to tap home.

Michael O’Neill’s side then had chances to extend their lead as visiting goalkeeper Dillon Phillips did well to save a dipping shot from Clucas and got to the ball first when new loan signing James Chester was lurking in the penalty area.

However, a great delivery from the right by Charlton’s Andre Green was volleyed in by Purrington to put Charlton back on terms in first-half stoppage time.

Stoke regained after the break when Ince slotted the ball under Phillips in the 47th minute and this time Charlton were unable to respond with an equaliser.

A quick break by Stoke then saw Powell stab home a cross from Tommy Smith to ensure the home side secured all three points.

Charlton replace the Potters in 21st place in the table and remain without an away win in the Championship since August.



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