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Charlton 0-0 Blackpool
JORDAN Cousins almost celebrated his new Charlton contract with an explosive effort midway through the second-half of today’s 0-0 Valley draw with Blackpool.
Unfortunately for the highly-rated midfielder, who penned a new three-year deal in SE7 this week, Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks had other ideas on what turned out to be a decent day for the men between the sticks.
The game had started promisingly, with Charlton having two efforts on goal within minutes of the start, both coming from Dale Stephens and both curling just over.
Charlton, however, were unable to keep their frenetic pace going and gradually started giving Blackpool more time on the ball.
And the Addicks nearly paid the price for allowing the visitors to gain a foothold in the game with 28 minutes on the clock.
A great knockdown from former Charlton striker Ricardo Fuller found Stephen Dobbie in space just outside the box. Dobbie connected well on the volley but his effort was always rising and cleared Ben Hamer's goal.
Dobbie and Fuller combined again just moments later, this time from a corner. Fuller met the winger’s pin-point delivery but Hamer got down well to deny the Jamaican his third goal of the season.
Charlton did all they could to become more of an attacking threat in the second half as they brought on Bradley Pritchard.
The added impotence almost paid off for the Addicks as Cousins got a whiff of goal just outside the Blackpool box. The teenager latched onto a loose ball after a Charlton corner and hit an absolute thunderbolt low and hard at the Blackpool goal.
Gilks yet again had the last laugh, though, as he got down well to tip the effort onto the post and out of play.
Although Charlton fans will feel they had done enough to secure the winner, it could've actually become a whole lot worse with just minutes left.
The unusually quiet Thomas Ince found himself through on goal but the youngster dragged his shot tamely wide, much to the relief of the Valley faithful.
In the end both sides were frustrated by the opposing keepers, but there is no doubt Chris Powell will be pleased with his side’s first clean sheet at home since November.
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