It was 0-0 at half time after a half in which neither side created much. Charlton's best chance of the half came on ten minutes when Darren Ambrose managed the beat the offside trap and only a challenge from Samba denied Bent a shot. On 23 minutes Pedersen headed over the bar. Then Carson had to deal with an effort by Roberts from the edge of the area.
On 30 minutes Bent scored, but it was ruled offside and probably just was. Blackburn edged the half, but Charlton kept their heads. They put on some more pressure as the half came to an end, although this left them exposed at the bnack. Given that we tend to be goalless draw specialists, I wondered if that was going to be the outcome.
The Addicks started quite brightly after the break and Holland had a chance but managed to put the ball in the side netting.
Carson has been fantastic for us all season, but he made a fatal error in this game. Perhaps the tension got to him. He appeared to be dealing with a drive from Roberts after he had got past El Karkouri but somehow let it slip out of his hands and trickle over the line to put Blackburn 1-0 ahead on 60 minutes. It was a bit reminiscent of Deano against a bottom of the table Swindon.
Four minutes later Thatcher managed to get himself off, after showing his combative side by making a late tackle on Roberts that earned him his second yellow. On 67 minutes Zheng was brought on in place of Thomas in the hope that he could provide a Chinese cracker.
But then Warnock made a poor header back to Friedel. The ball hit his own crossbar, presenting Darren Bent with an easy equaliser from a header on 71 minutes.
The Herminator then managed to put Blackburn ahead through an interception with his knee of a cross from Pedersen on 77 minutes, Ambrose subsequently being taken off in favour of Rommedahl. Just three minutes later, poor defending by the Addicks allowed Roberts time to turn and shoot under Carson to make it 3-1.
This was a bitter blow for Charlton and it only took another three minutes for sub Derbyshire to find himself unattended by any defenders on the right (Bougherra having replaced Marcus Bent). He shot a fierce drive into the far corner.
Bent hit the bar, but another goal would not have compensated for earlier defensive lapses. The injured El Karkouri had to come off, leaving Charlton to struggle on with nine men.
With West Ham and Sheffield United both winning, Charlton fell to second from bottom. I know that we are only two points behind and that we could rally at home against Tottenham, but it looks like Burnley and Plymouth next season.