Charlton gained the lead in the seventh minute against Bolton through Frederic Bulot and stayed ahead until 11 minutes from time.
The surrender of the lead, culminating in a 1-1 draw and a single point will ultimately prove meaningless as the Addicks hover mid-table towards the end of a wildly fluctuating season in which Charlton have shown strength but struggled with consistency.
Charlton peppered Adam Bogdan’s goal but have now gone four leagues without a win, making predictions about next season – the next realistic challenge – difficult.
Neil Lennon’s side responded well, but not well enough, to that early setback but it was Charlton who came close to making the scoresheet again after half-time with Tony Watt’s cross finding Bulot again.
The Trotters appeared to get the message and upped their game. The equaliser was against the run of play with on-loan Adam Le Fondre scoring in the second successive game.
Charlton boss Guy Luzon said afterwards: “I am very disappointed because I wanted to keep going and play like we did in the first half.
“The pitch was fantastic and we needed to play on the ground. We need to learn that when the game is in our possession, we have to kill it off and score more goals. We didn’t do that.”
Leeds have relinquished some of their good form of late, losing 2-0 to Norwich at Elland Road. They are the next visitors to the Valley.
Charlton v Leeds, Sat, 3pm