Rain sees Charlton and Doncaster match abandoned
There was upset for Doncaster and relief for Charlton after referee Lee Collins called the match off at half-time at a rain soaked Valley.
The visitors were 3-1 up at the break in a bizarre match, involving a 20 minute break, which saw Doncaster players don pitchforks and brooms to try to clear water off the surface.
It was match that started terribly for Charlton and had the home fans calling for the referee to take the players off after just 23 minutes with the Addicks then already trailing 3-0.
With less than two minutes on the clock Doncaster were in front. The Addicks left hand side fell asleep at a throw-in giving Theo Robinson time to flight in a deep cross, perfect for Paul Keegan to head past Ben Hamer for the opening goal.
The visitors were playing neat football in contrast to the Addicks who didn't look confident in the very wet conditions.
Hamer was then tested by Robinson from a tight angle but held well, while at the other end Callum Harriott's effort from outside the box was stopped by Ross Turnbull.
Fresh from suspension, Bradley Pritchard then nearly put the Addicks level catching Rhoys Wiggins cross perfectly on the volley just 10 yards out but Turnbull reacted superbly to turn it away.
Confidence was creeping in to the Addicks game but that was soon sapped from them. Another mistake at the back as Michael Morison, appealing for an offside that was never there, allowed Robinson to turn him and cross for Chris Brown to tap home from two yards out on 18 minutes.
Charlton were desperate for the goal to get them back in the game and Yann Kermorgant's through-ball provided the chance but Harriott's shot was turned over by Turnbull.
The former Chelsea goalkeeper was in fine form as he then tipped away Leon Cort's header from the subsequent corner.
Nothing was going Charlton's way, and when an attempted clearance from a Doncaster corner ricocheted off Brown, everyone watched as it flew into the net for the away side's third with just 23 minutes gone.
But with players slipping and the ball continually getting stuck in puddles, referee Lee Collins stopped play and called over both managers.
Doncaster's Paul Dickov was very animated but the referee ordered the players off the pitch much to the joy of the home supporters.
Moments later, however, they were told it was merely a suspension, an announcement met with a chorus of boos.
After the ground staff, along with some Doncaster players, worked on clearing the water the match was restarted 20 minutes later.
More rain came and it was that which probably offered Charlton a way back into the match with the ball skidding across the Doncaster penalty area for Simon Church to be given an easy chance which he prodded home on 36 minutes.
Moments later Doncaster thought they had their fourth but Robinson was ruled offside when he fired past Hamer.
Just two minutes before the break and the away side were down to 10 men when Keegan picked up his second booking. After previously being shown a yellow for time wasting he then pulled Mark Gower's shirt to earn him his marching orders.
Then in first-half injury time Brown had a chance for his hattrick when he had a clear shot at goal from eight yards out. However, his shot got stuck in a puddle leaving Hamer the easy task of picking it up.
The players went off for half-time and and returned 15 minutes later. But instead of re-starting they merely applauded the fans and it was announced the match was abandoned.