Match report: Charlton 1 Nottingham Forest 1
Charlton ended a three game losing streak with a well fought draw against Nottingham Forest at The Valley.
In an encouraging display from the injury-hit Addicks, they came from behind and nearly snatched it late on against the promotion hopefuls.
It came after the worst of starts for Charlton. Forest dangerman Andy Reid was nudged off the ball by Charlton youngster Jordan Cousins.
The former Addick got up to swing in a dangerous free-kick which eluded everyone including keeper Ben Hamer and the ball sailed over him and into the corner of the net.
The away side, enjoying a four game unbeaten run, had belief and they had movement in the early stages.
For all Charlton's possession and huff and puff they struggled at times in the opening half.
When Rhoys Wiggins' deflected cross looped up, tantalizingly out of reach of Simon Church with the goal gaping and keeper Karl Darlow stranded, you had the feeling the Addicks bad run would continue.
But Charlton had fight in them. A nice passing move offered a snap shot for Dale Stephens but he could only hit straight at Darlow from just inside the box.
At the other end Jamie Mackie walked through the Charlton back line to put him one on one with Hamer, but as he stumbled and bundled the ball over the goalkeeper Lawrie Wilson was able to clear off the line.
The Addicks' full-back then nearly levelled the scores after finding himself with the ball 20 yards from goal. But his curling shot went just wide of Darlow's post.
And with a minute left of the half, the Addicks should have been level. Stephens' piledriver stung the hands of Darlow and Church tripped over the rebound, before it run back to Stephens who waltzed through the Forest defence only to blast it over from close in.
The second half started at pace. A Dextor Blackstock header was held by Hamer and Darlow clung to a Marvin Sordell curler.
But it was the latter who got the equaliser on 50 minutes.
Good build up play saw a fluffed finish from Callum Harriott. The deflection dropped to Wilson in space who, rather than blast at goal, teed up the man on loan from Bolton to side-foot in his first league goal for the Addicks.
Charlton were now in the ascendancy and looking like a different side to the first-half.
Billy Davies responded by bringing on Dan Harding and Simon Cox in a bid to stem the tide and especially deal with a rampant Wilson down the Charlton right.
Charlton were finding chances hard to come by while Forest, now with Darius Henderson also on, looking much more sharp.
But Forest were finding it hard to break through the Charlton defence and as the half grew it was Charlton who looked more likely to win.
With 10 minutes remaining Cousins rattled the post and subsititute Joe Pigott had a shot well saved as Forest rode their luck in a game of football pinball.
Harriott then fired over from close in, while at the other end Reid dipped a shot just over Hamer's bar from range.
Relief greeted the final whistle. From Forest for holding on, and from Charlton for getting a much needed point after a run of losses.
Hamer; Wilson, Morrison, Wood, Wiggins; Cousins, Stephens, Gower (Hughes 74); Sordell, Church (Pigott 82), Harriott. Subs not used: Alnwick, Evina, Dervite, Cook, Stewart.
Darlow, Lichaj, Hobbs, Collins, Cohen; Chalobah (Harding 55), Reid, Lansbury; Mackie, Blackstock (Henderson 70), Derbyshire (Cox 55). Subs not used: De Vries, Halford, Jara Reyes, Abdoun.