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26 July 2016

No goals at the Valley despite dominant Town performance

Town’s final away pre-season friendly ended in a goalless draw with Charlton at the Valley, despite having the majority of the goalscoring opportunities.

Mick McCarthy included trialist Roland Lamah in his starting XI as he runs the rule over the Belgian international, as well as giving a number of the first-team squad their first 90 minutes of the campaign.

In a match of few chances, Pitman could have had the Blues in front early on with a side-footed volley from the edge of the box following a Knudsen cut-back, but the former Bournemouth striker’s effort crashed off the crossbar and the Addicks’ cleared.

It took just shy of the hour mark, and a triple substitution, for the game to spring into life.

Cameron Stewart was immediately involved after replacing Andre Dozzell, with his cross finding Luke Chambers at the back post who turned it into the path of Teddy Bishop, but Town’s new number 7 had his low shot well saved.

With Town looking to be in the ascendancy, Pitman again met a Knudsen cross from the left, although he would again be denied by the woodwork as his header struck the crossbar.

The Blues’ luck didn’t improve as they created one more opportunity to snatch the victory, but Luke Chambers’ header was superbly tipped over the bar by Addicks’ ‘keeper, Dillon Phillips as the match ended in stalemate.

Town: Bialkowski, Chambers, Knudsen, Bru, Smith, Berra, Dozzell (Stewart, 56), Douglas (Skuse, 86), Pitman (Murphy, 74), McGoldrick (Bishop, 56), Lamah (Sears, 56). Subs:

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