Match Report: Charlton 2 Oxford United 2
It may have been the last thing that Charlton wanted before the start of this FA Cup tie but in the end were thankful for a replay.
A disastrous first-half saw them 2-0 down to Oxford at the break, before a triple substitution helped them salvage a draw at The Valley.
In a scrappy opening, Johnnie Jackson had the first effort on goal, heading a Lawrie Wilson cross wide.
But the home side looked lethargic and it was Oxford who took the lead on 13 minutes when failed the deal with a corner.
Johnny Mullins' shot from the edge of the box was soft but a deflection wrong-footed Ben Hamer and the ball trickled inside the post.
On 24 minutes it was 2-0. Jordan Cousins lost the ball in a dangerous position and Oxford's James Constable fed Scott Davies, who slipped it past the on-rushing Hamer.
And while Charlton were failing to create little going forward, Oxford came close to getting a third. Sean Rigg's volley flashing past Hamer's upright.
The League Two side were winning battles all over the pitch.
With four minutes of the half left, the Addicks had their best chance of the opening period. A handball appeal was waved away by the referee and Bradley Pritchard's near post shot forced a first save from Oxford stopper Ryan Clarke.
The second half began, understandably, with more urgency from the home side. Yann Kermorgant's effort from 12 yards was comfortably held by Clarke but seven minutes in they got their breakthrough.
Cousins did well to force a corner and Jordan Cook's centre was nodded home at the near post by Michael Morrison.
Charlton were now playing with confidence. Jackson found himself with space but his shot from the edge of the box was easily saved by Clarke.
But then, after a mistake by Wilson, Constable nearly extended Oxford's lead. The journeyman striker's header had Hamer at full-stretch to tip the ball around the post.
At the other end Rhoys Wiggins' chipped shot landed on the roof of the net.
The Addicks were now finding chances hard to come by but Chris Powell, marking three years as Addicks manager, thew on Danny Green, Callum Harriott and Joe Pigott to bolster the forward line.
Green was proving the difference, terrorizing fullback Tom Newey.
It was the winger's superb run down the right and pull back to Kermorgant that saw the Addicks level. The Breton's acrobatic volley gave Clarke no chance on 82 minutes.
Neither side seemed keen on a replay and Wiggins was gifted two openings. The first was comfortably saved and the second pulled wide.
At the other end Rigg blasted over but it was Charlton who nearly snatched it at the death. Wilson's cross from the byline found Harriott but his header was deflected away by David Hunt and over the bar to leave the game all square.
Charlton: Hamer, Wilson, Morrison, Wood, Wiggins; Pritchard (Green 67), Cousins, Jackson, Cook (Harriott 78); Kermorgant, Church (Pigott 78).
Subs not used: Pope, Hughes, Evina, Dervite.
Oxford: Clarke, Hunt, Raynes, Wright, Newey; Davies (Williams 87), Mullins, Ruffels, Rigg; Marsh (Smalley 53), Constable (Kitson 78).
Subs not used: Rose, Long, Bevans, O'Dowda.