Here are five things we learned from Charlton's 1-1 draw with Southend United.

Karlan is no Lyle

Charlton have been without Karlan Grant for two games.

Charlton have been without Lyle Taylor for three.

Whilst many will look at Grant’s departure as the reason for goals drying up for The Addicks, it seems the creativity that Taylor offers is a far bigger miss.

Ask anyone in and around the ground who they’d rather have lost in the window and most would’ve been happy that it was Taylor who stayed.

Against Southend Charlton dominated possession, albeit against ten men, but in the final third they looked a little confused with no clear direction.

When Taylor is on the park there seems to be a directness towards goal that any strike partner would benefit from….even the following man…

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Vetokele is not ready

Yes the Angolan is coming back from a serious injury, and yes Charlton are short of strike options, but it’s clear that Igor is not ready yet.

Bowyer admitted they need to condense a full ‘pre-season’ into a couple of weeks to get the forward up to scratch, but surely in a must-win game you wouldn’t be so reliant on a player who looked to be playing at 50%.

I don’t call Vetokele touching the ball with any control during the course of 90 minutes.

Yes, he ran, he chased, he pulled defenders with him, but in a striker you want a threat, and sadly Vetokele was far from one.

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Parker silences doubters

Josh Parker came with more jeers than cheers when he made the switch from Gillingham.

Fans knew very little of the striker but when he made his home debut from the bench at the break, he made an impact.

Aerial he caused more of a threat that Vetokele managed and brought players, Fosu and Marshall in particular, in to the game more than the Angolan.

He was unlucky not to score a priceless winner after seeing his header superbly saved by the excellent Bishop in the Southend goal, but his home bow would’ve done him the world of good and silenced many a nay-sayer.

Naby the Sarr man

The centre-half was the stand out man on Saturday.

He may have had an unfortunate hand in Southend’s goal but he was a colossus at the back.

Bowyer felt comfortable enough at the break to pull of a defender leaving Sarr and co to deal with the sporadic counter attack the Shrimpers threw at them.

And he was proved right.

Time and time again Sarr snuffed out their attack and even went on the offensive on occasion showing some nice feet and delivering a threatening cross which his wingers should’ve taken notes from.

Went close to a rocket of a goal in the first half which his performance would’ve deserved.

Lots of love for honest Powell

The returning Chris Powell had the reception he deserved.

He has a lot of love for the club and the fans as a whole, and the Addicks faithful reciprocated their feelings.

It’s hard not like the Southend manager.

When many managers would be defending their player to the hilt upon receiving a red-card, Powell was open and honest in his opinion of the matter. “It was a red card” he said.

There’s something refreshing about his reaction in a football world full of clichés and denials.

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