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New boss Jose Riga was heading for a third straight stalemate since succeeding Chris Powell until Dervite met a corner from captain Johnnie Jackson to move the Addicks out of the bottom three on goal difference.
Youngster Diego Poyet went close from distance and Simon Church was denied by Camp as Charlton – solid in defence – started to show more ambition in attack.
Popular former Charlton striker Yann Kermorgant was named among the Bournemouth substitutes on his return to the club he left in the January transfer window.
He came on for the final 30 minutes but failed to test keeper Ben Hamer, who made earlier saves from Steve Cook and former Charlton youngster Harry Arter.
Addicks boss Riga was delighted with his first victory. He said: “What gives me pleasure is that it's happened here in our home, in The Valley.
“It's in front of our fans and I've said to my players the first thing is to be a very good team at home. If you want to be able to have good results at the end of the season, it starts at home.”
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