The FA Cup - Third Round
CharltonCharlton Athletic2Oxford UtdOxford United2

Charlton Athletic 2-2 Oxford United

Michael Morrison scores Charlton's first goal

Charlton fought back from two goals down to earn themselves an FA Cup replay against League Two side Oxford United at a rain-soaked Valley.

John Mullins opened the scoring with a deflected effort and Oxford made it 2-0 when Scott Davies fired home after being played in by James Constable.

Charlton were much improved after the break with Michael Morrison heading in a corner to give his side hope.

And Yann Kermorgant's superb 82nd-minute volley earned his side a replay.

The Valley's rain-soaked pitch
The pitch made life difficult for both sides at The Valley

The match had been postponed twice because of a waterlogged pitch, while Charlton's match at home to Barnsley on Saturday was also called off.

And on a mudbath of a pitch - which hosted Premier League football as recently as 2007 - Charlton struggled to find any rhythm, with the conditions contributing to a string of early mistakes from the home side.

Oxford took advantage as their energetic pressing game helped them to the lion's share of possession and when Mullins fired home, with the benefit of a deflection, it was no less than the visitors deserved.

The U's doubled their lead just 11 minutes later, with Davies finishing clinically after being played in by Constable and Sean Rigg could have made it 3-0 soon after, but fired just over after picking up a loose ball on the edge of the area.

The Addicks were booed off at the break having struggled to draw a save from Oxford goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, but they came out for the second half with much greater urgency and forced a series of early corners.

It was from their third corner that Charlton cut the deficit with centre-back Morrison heading home powerfully from inside the six-yard box.

Johnnie Jackson went agonisingly close to an equaliser, but Kermorgant did find the back of the net with an excellent volley after getting on the end of Danny Green's searching cross.

Charlton manager Chris Powell: "That first half was easily worst 45 minutes since I've been manager here.

"I told them I don't ever want to see that again from them. It was unacceptable.

"Forget the pitch, it was a side that didn't play to our standards and didn't compete.

"The crowd showed their displeasure at half-time which is absolutely correct and we turned it around and nearly won it at the end."

Oxford manager Chris Wilder: "Do I fancy us now - not with our home record!

"I'd rather come back here. The pitch was a leveller for us, in terms of the quality Charlton can produce, and we managed to make a tie of it.

"I sympathise with Chris Powell, he's got an excellent passing team and it's a tough gig to play on that every other week.

"Credit to them for the character they showed in not wanting to get knocked out by a team two divisions lower."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Hamer
  • 23Wilson
  • 16Wiggins
  • 24Cousins
  • 5Morrison
  • 15Wood
  • 17CookSubstituted forHarriottat 78'minutes
  • 4Jackson
  • 9ChurchSubstituted forPigottat 78'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 14PritchardSubstituted forGreenat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hughes
  • 3Evina
  • 6Dervite
  • 7Green
  • 11Harriott
  • 30Pope
  • 35Pigott

Oxford Utd

  • 1Clarke
  • 13Hunt
  • 3Newey
  • 19Mullins
  • 4Raynes
  • 6Wright
  • 18DaviesSubstituted forWilliamsat 87'minutes
  • 37Ruffles
  • 20MarshSubstituted forSmalleyat 54'minutes
  • 9ConstableSubstituted forKitsonat 78'minutes
  • 7Rigg

Substitutes

  • 8Kitson
  • 10Smalley
  • 15Williams
  • 17Rose
  • 30Long
  • 34Bevans
  • 35O'Dowda
Referee:
Steve Martin
Attendance:
5,566

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home12
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Oxford United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 2, Oxford United 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by David Hunt.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) header from the left side of the box is blocked.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Rigg (Oxford United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

  6. Post update

    Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Sean Rigg (Oxford United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Oxford United. Ryan Williams replaces Scott Davies.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Tom Newey.

  14. Post update

    Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Dean Smalley (Oxford United).

  16. Post update

    Hand ball by Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic).

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Charlton Athletic 2, Oxford United 2. Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Green with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  19. Post update

    Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Dave Kitson (Oxford United).