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Charlton 0-0 Wigan
CHARLTON picked up a third clean sheet in succession after earning a point in today’s scoreless draw with Wigan.
Both sides had their fair share of chances but failed to force either keeper into any meaningful save at a packed Valley, the attendance of 23,600 due largely to the highly successful Football for a Fiver initiative.
Bradley Pritchard had the first meaningful effort on goal after he turned Leon Barnett inside out, although Wigan keeper Lee Nicholls was wise to his near post effort.
At the other end Grant Holt latched onto a James McArthur cross but his header went straight at Ben Hamer.
Pritchard then missed an absolute sitter as he blazed an effort high over the bar after Cameron Stewart’s great run and pass found him with the whole goal to aim at.
Charlton were forced to make an early substitution with Marvin Sordell coming on to replace the injured Yann Kermorgant just nine minutes before the interval.
Richard Wood thought he had given the Addicks the lead just before half-time but his header was cleared off the line and away to safety from Dale Stephens’ corner.
The Addicks continued to threaten in the early stages of the second half through Stephens’ rasping drive but his effort whistled past Nicholls' goal.
Wigan reacted just minutes later as Chris McCann crashed one off the woodwork after meeting McArthur’s delivery from a corner.
Charlton’s injury woes continued just before the hour as Wood was forced off and replaced by Dorian Dervite.
The visitors continued to threaten and looked dangerous on the counter but just couldn’t force Hamer into a meaningful save.
Wigan substitute Roger Espinoza summed up a poor game 10 minutes from time with a poor effort on Hamer’s goal.
The Honduran international was fed by Manchester United youngster Nick Powell, who ran almost the full length of the pitch only for Espinoza to blaze his effort very, very wide.
Chris Powell bought on Johnnie Jackson in the latter stages as he looked for the winner.
The midfielder made a bursting run down the left flank just minutes into his cameo and found Sordell in the box, but Nicholls gathered up his effort.
Simon Church had the best chance to win the game in the last few moments but he missed the ball completely when attempting an audacious acrobatic effort.
Charlton: Hamer, Morrison, Stephens, Church, Pritchard, Wood (Dervite 57), Wiggins, Kermorgant (Sordell 36), Wilson, Cousins (Jackson 83), Stewart. Subs not used: Pope, Hughes, Evina, Green. Att: 23,600.
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