Tranmere Rovers 1 Charlton 1

By Simon Hayes on September 20, 2010 12:37 PM |

charltonbadge.jpgCharlton manager Phil Parkinson was left rueing what might have been after his side had to settle for a point at Prenton Park.

The Addicks enjoyed the better of Saturday's game against Tranmere, but paid the price after conceding too many fouls against a physical home side.

Scott Wagstaff scored a sixth minute goal to give Charlton the lead, only for Enoch Showunmi to level shortly after half-time. But the visitors should have been out of sight by then, according to Parkinson.

He said: "In the first half the game should have been all over. We had three or four very good chances to kill the game off and only came in 1-0 ahead.

"My only criticism at half-time was we gave away too many fouls, which allowed Tranmere to put the ball into our box. That was obviously their strength as they are a big physical side.

"If you keep doing that, as we did in the second half, you put yourself under pressure and we conceded a scrappy goal from set play."

Wagstaff scored after home keeper Peter Gulasci dropped the ball at his feet, but Joe Anyinsah, Lee Martin and Therry Racon were all guilty of missing chances to put the game beyond Rovers.

Showunmi levelled for Tranmere when he fired home after a Dale Jennings header was blocked on 53 minutes.

Charlton struggled to cope with Rovers direct approach at times, and Parkinson saw five of his players booked. He was also unhappy his side were not awarded a penalty when Anyinsah was brought down by Jermaine Grandison just before half time.

Both sides had late chances to snatch all the points, with Showunmi going close with a free-kick, while Addicks' substitute Paul Benson headed narrowly wide.

Despite having to settle for a point, Parkinson was happy to end a losing streak away from The Valley.

He said: "After losing the last two away games it was important to get something. It ought to have been three points and our first half performance certainly warranted that.

"But we'll take the point. We've got two home games coming up, so it was good to get back on the coach with something."

Tranmere: Gulacsi, Cresswell, Goodison, Blanchard, Grandison, Welsh, Labadie, Mendy, Showunmi, Akins, Morrow (Jennings, 45+1). Unused subs: Collister, Cathalina, Wood, Bakayogo, Fraughan, Power.

Booked: Goodison

Goal: Showunmi 53

Charlton: Warner, Francis, Llera, Semedo, Doherty, Wagstaff, Jackson (Fry, 73), Racon, Martin (Reid, 73), Anyinsah (A Sodje, 62), Benson. Unused subs: Daniels, Fortune, McCormack, Abbott.

Booked: Francis, Llera, Semedo, Racon, Martin.

Goal: Wagstaff 6

Attendance: 4,735