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Southampton 2-3 Charlton

Therry Racon (left) and Nicky Bailey (right)
Racon (left) is congratulated by fellow scorer Bailey

Financially troubled Southampton's Championship survival hopes were dealt a massive blow as they were beaten at home by bottom club Charlton.

Jonjo Shelvey ran clear to score for Charlton but David McGoldrick levelled for Saints with a low shot.

Charlton's Tresor Kandol had a penalty saved before Therry Racon's 20-yard drive did give the away side the lead.

Nicky Bailey scored a third for the visitors and a Bradley Wright-Phillips goal for Saints made it a tense finish.

Before the game, Saints' major shareholder Leon Crouch and former manager Lawrie McMenemy urged fans to continue giving their support to the crisis-hit club, whose parent company - Southampton Leisure Holdings plc - went into administration on Thursday.

Whilst the Saints should avoid a 10-point penalty from the Football League as the club themselves are not in administration, their future remains in jeopardy, with more than £30m of debt.

Southampton boss Mark Wotte:

"This is the worst result we can have against a team who are bottom of the league and in front of a big crowd.

"We got carried away and there was too much spirit and not enough football.

"We will never give up and I'm still positive we can stay up with six games to go."

Charlton manager Phil Parkinson:

"These are two great clubs who were very highly thought of a few years ago but have fallen on difficult times.

"We will not give up until it is mathematically impossible for us to avoid relegation."

Southampton: Davis, Thomson (Liptak 80), Saeijs, Perry, Skacel, Lallana (Smith 64), Wotton, McGoldrick, Surman (Wright-Phillips 73), Saganowski, Euell.
Subs Not Used: Forecast, Schneiderlin.

Booked: Wotton.

Goals: McGoldrick 17, Wright-Phillips 84.

Charlton: Elliot, Butterfield, Hudson, Ward, Youga, Sam (Ambrose 73), Shelvey, Racon, Bailey, Zhi (Holland 68), Kandol (Burton 78).
Subs Not Used: Randolph, Dickson.

Booked: Hudson, Kandol, Shelvey, Elliot.

Goals: Shelvey 7, Racon 60, Bailey 69.

Att: 27,228

Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

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