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1 January 2014

Town denied the win by last minute Jackson strike

Town were denied a winning start to the new year when Johnnie Jackson gave Charlton a point with a 90th minute equaliser.

Richard Wood turned Daryl Murphy’s cross into his own net midway through the first-half at a wet and windy Portman Road and Town had a great chance to add to the advantage when Paul Anderson went down  in the box but Ben Alnwick saved David McGoldrick penalty.

Both teams had other spot-kick claims but it looked as though Wood’s own goal would prove decisive until Jackson netted from the edge of the box. 

Town made three changes to the side that drew at Bournemouth, Paul Taylor handed his first League start under Mick McCarthy, with Anderson and Jay Tabb coming into the side. 

Town had a big penalty shout inside the first few minutes when Murphy went down under Wood’s challenge, referee Stuart Attwell waving away the Blues’ claims for a spot-kick.

Dean Gerken gathered comfortably from Dale Stephens’ free-kick, the ball kicking off the wet surface that made life difficult for ‘keepers and defenders over the 90 minutes. 

Ben Alnwick saved at the other end from Anderson’s curler, then Murphy sent a screamer just wide.

Gerken saved brilliantly from a heavily deflected strike from Yann Kermorgant, Luke Chambers sending a volley over in response. 

The breakthrough came on 23 minutes, Murphy getting around the back and his cross was put into his own net by Wood three yards out. 

Aaron Cresswell cut out the danger after good work by Marvin Sordell as Charlton threatened an equaliser and the Addicks had their own big shout for a penalty, Cameron Stewart going down under Chambers’ challenge but again referee Attwell said no and booked Stewart for diving.     

Christophe Berra and Tommy Smith also picked up yellow cards as the half came to an end with Sordell limping off with a hamstring injury and Kermorgant sending a free-kick just wide.  

Anderson appeared to be fouled on the edge of the box as the second-half got underway but Town’s claims for a free-kick at least fell off deaf ears and Stewart led a breakaway for the Addicks until his shot was blocked. 

Stephens couldn’t find the target from 18 yards, Taylor was more accurate at the other end but Alnwick held firm.

Murphy could have made it two on the hour when he beat the offside trap but Charlton’s defence smothered the danger as the striker cut inside to shoot. 

McGoldrick replaced Taylor in Town’s first change, with Luke Hyam also on for Tabb midway through the second-half. Simon Church soon followed for Lawrie Wilson.

Alnwick denied Murphy with a save at the foot of his post before Town were awarded a penalty, Anderson caught by Jordan Cousins but the Addicks’ keeper produced a brilliant save to keep out McGoldrick’s kick on 78 minutes.

Frank Nouble replaced Murphy for the last 10 minutes, Rhoys Wiggins tested Gerken with a 20 yarder as Charlton threw everything forward in search of an equaliser and it came on 90 minutes, Jackson’s shot beating Gerken to deny Blues the points and a first Championship double of the season.

Town: Gerken, Chambers, Berra, Smith, Cresswell, Anderson, Skuse, Tunnicliffe, Tabb (Hyam 67), Murph (Nouble 82), Taylor (McGoldrick 67). Subs not used: Loach, Mings, Edwards, Wordsworth. Booked: Berra, Smith, Nouble.

Charlton: Alnwick, Solly, Wood, Morrison, Wiggins, Wilson (Church 70), Cousins, Stephens, Stewart (Jackson 79), Kermorgant, Sordell (Cook 45). Sub not used: Hamer, Evina, Dervite, Pritchard. Booked: Stewart, Cook, Kermorgant.

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