Steve Bould’s boys maintained their grip on top spot with a hard-earned 3-1 victory against Charlton.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Rhys Murphy struck either side of half time to hand the visitors a 2-0 advantage.

Charlton’s Sam Long provided the Addicks with a glimmer of hope a minute after the hour mark when he halved the arrears but Emmanuel-Thomas confirmed the victory 10 minutes later.

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