Charlton Athletic 0-0 Blackpool

Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller (centre) in action against Charlton

An uninspiring affair at The Valley ended with a point apiece for Charlton and Blackpool.

Dale Stephens had an early sight of goal for the home side but curled a free-kick just over the bar.

A 25-yard Jordan Cousins strike for Charlton was also tipped around the post by Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks.

Tom Ince almost won the game for the visitors late on but angled a shot wide, leaving Blackpool with a fourth successive Championship draw.

Charlton managed to keep their first clean sheet of the season but have not won a game in their last six Championship outings and are just above the bottom three.

Blackpool, who lie fifth in the table, may have marginally had the better of the game but there was little to choose between the two sides.

Stephen Dobbie and Ince were the most likely candidates to score for the visitors but both failed to convert their strikes at goal.

Ince had a free-kick deflected narrowly wide before Callum Harriott headed a rare Charlton chance off target.

Dan Gosling, signed on loan from Newcastle, came on for Blackpool and he fired a long-range effort wide before Ince failed to take his late chance.

Charlton manager Chris Powell:

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Post-match: Charlton boss Chris Powell

"It's our first clean sheet of the season and our first at home since November. I have been willing us to get one and it has been individual mistakes that have really cost us.

"In respect of this game, another positive is that it's another point for us, especially with the players we have available.

"We are missing a number of key players but the boys who are out there are willing themselves and pushing themselves to try to get us wins and points."

Blackpool assistant manager Steve Thompson:

"A goal could have changed the game - it was what it needed.

"We just needed that bit of quality in the final third and that's what the game was lacking.

"From set plays we were trying to get it in the box but we couldn't find our strikers and it just ended up as two teams cancelling each other out.

"We had chances - we had the one with Thomas at the end which fell to him on his right peg - but there was a lot of huff and puff in the final third but not a lot of quality."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley118211426
2QPR108201026
3Leicester11722623
4Nottm Forest11641822
5Watford116321121
6Blackpool11551420
7Reading11542519
8Bournemouth11515-616
9Blackburn10433515
10Derby11434315
11Ipswich11434315
12Huddersfield11353314
13Leeds11425-314
14Brighton11344-113
15Middlesbrough11263-112
16Doncaster10334-212
17Wigan8323311
18Millwall11326-1111
19Birmingham11317-210
20Bolton11155-98
21Charlton10145-67
22Sheff Wed10064-66
23Yeovil11128-125
24Barnsley11128-165
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