Sunderland’s 14 game unbeaten run came to an end as they were beaten 2-1 against Charlton at home.
An own goal from Josh Scowen and a goal from Alex Gilbey earned the three points for the Addicks.
Scowen scored for Sunderland in the 77th minute, but it was not enough for the home side to mount a comeback.
Lee Johnson made three changes to the side that drew with Peterborough, with Josh Scowen, Aiden O’Brien and Lynden Gooch coming into the side.
The two sides drew 0-0 in the reverse fixture at the start of the season.
Sunderland created some good chances early in the game, with Charlie Wyke volleying a shot past the post, and having a one-on-one opportunity in the 11th minute, but his chip was palmed away by Ben Amos.
Charlton took the lead in the 31st minute from a corner, with Ryan Inniss’ header spilled by Burge, and Scowen could not clear it off the line and hit the roof of the net.
The Addicks doubled their lead in the 61st minute through Gilbey. The midfielder sliced his first shot and followed it up with a finish under Lee Burge’s legs.
The Black Cats’s hopes of a comeback came alive in the 77th minute, when Wyke and Ross Stewart’s efforts were saved, and Scowen followed the second save up with a header into an empty net.
Despite lots of possession, the home side could not find an equaliser, and the best chance fell to Stewart in the first minute of added time, but his header was comfortably caught by Amos, who made some important stops all game.
Sunderland’s next game is against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday at the DW Stadium, as they look to recover ground on the top two teams.