Match report: Watford 1 Charlton 1
Charlton earned a point against Watford in a fiery and very tactical encounter at Vicarage Road on Saturday.
The Addicks had taken the lead with a Yann Kermorgant penalty but after Daniel Pudil levelled the scores the south-east Londoners had to defend well to hold on.
An early chance for Watford, put wide by Fernando Forestieri, showed Watford's attacking intent from the kick-off.
Diego Fabbrini then fired over from outside the area, as Watford set the standard for their performance as a potent, yet wasteful, force.
Charlton were casual in possession in the early stages but were causing problems for the home side.
Richard Wood, making his league debut for the Addicks in place of the injured Leon Cort, got the ball into the net on 18 minutes but it was ruled out for offside.
Charlton were gradually working their way into the game and a Johnnie Jackson header then forced the first save of the game, with former Arsenal stopper Manuel Almunia holding.
The goalkeeper's next action was his part in a wrestling match during a Charlton corner which earned the Addicks' industrious forward Simon Church and Watford's Davide Faraoni a booking each.
But Watford were rattled and, for a period, Charlton were enjoying the lion's share of possession. But the closest they got to breaking the deadlock is when a Yann Kermorgant centre was taken off the toe of a poised Church.
At the other end an excellent last-ditch tackle from Lawrie Wilson thwarted Forestieri when he thought he had just Ben Hamer to beat.
If the first-half lacked fizz, the second went off with a bang. Wilson was tripped by Essaid Belkalem for a definite penalty.
Kermorgant stepped up and fired the ball into the roof of the net to give Charlton the lead on 47 minutes. It was the Breton's third goal of the season.
Watford were desperate for an instant reply but when Troy Deeney struck a fierce low shot towards goal, Hamer got down well to palm it away.
Minutes later Deeney expertly laid the ball off for Lewis McGugan but he somehow blazed his shot over.
Charlton were harrying their London rivals though, giving them little time to play their usual free-flowing game.
Dale Stephens then stung the hands of Almunia from distance while at the other end a blistering long range effort from Deeney went just wide.
After hobbling around Vicarage Road for 10 minutes, Kermorgant, suffering one too many blows to his right ankle, then made way for youth product Joe Pigott on 64 minutes.
And for Watford the equaliser was finally to arrive on 70 minutes. Wood, tacking back, narrowly put the ball wide of his own post.
From the corner, Hamer pushed out a shot from Forestieri but Pudil was on hand to fire home the rebound.
Watford now had Charlton pinned back in their own half but the Addicks were defending resolutely.
The away side were missing their talisman Kermorgant but that was no reflection on Pigott whose movement was Charlton's main outlet, most notably when his cross to Church on the counter was just cut out.
Chances were wasted by Fabbrini for Watford and Jackson for Charlton, before a McGugan piledriver went just wide.
Then into five minutes of injury time and Deeney wasted his best chance when he blasted over from Ikechi Anya's pull back.
Finally, when the ball bounced off Dorian Dervite's hand in the box, referee Andy Woolmer had a perfect chance to even up the penalty count.
But he waved away the Watford appeals, much to the relief of Charlton, who earn their second point on the road this season.
Attendance: 16.431 (1,784 away)