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Charlton Athletic 0-0 Cardiff City

Anthony Pilkington
Anthony Pilkington has scored five goals this season

Cardiff City missed a chance to close the gap on the Championship play-off places as Charlton Athletic battled off the bottom in a pulsating draw.

Cardiff hit the woodwork twice as Joe Ralls smashed the post with a long-range first-half strike and Anthony Pilkington hit the bar with a volley.

Johnnie Jackson wasted a good opening as the Charlton captain headed over Johann Berg Gudmundsson's cross.

And Charlton's Simon Makienok missed two late chances as Cardiff hung on.

The Bluebirds were reduced to 10 men for the final minute of injury time after midfielder Sammy Ameobi was dismissed for a second yellow card.

The point moves Charlton off the bottom table but they are now six points from safety after MK Dons and Bristol City both won.

It was a battle of the sides with controversial owners and in a week where Vincent Tan vowed to halve Cardiff's £140m debt, Charlton fans handed out 2,000 Pinocchio masks and stickers before kick-off in the latest protest at Addicks owner Roland Duchatelet.

And their mood would not have been helped if Anthony Pilkington's header had not been deflected over with barely a minute on the clock.

Ameobi and a Peter Whittingham free-kick went close for Cardiff before midfielder Ralls' 25-yard shot cannoned back off the post.

Charlton's Reza Ghoochannejhad tested Cardiff goalkeeper David Marshall before an unmarked Jackson headed Gudmundsson's corner into the ground and over.

Pilkington twice worried the Charton defence either side of the interval before the Cardiff striker hit the crossbar when his clever flick from Scott Malone's cross had home keeper Stephen Henderson beaten.

But Charlton, with the second worst defensive record in the league, held firm and the hosts could have won their first home game since early November in added time.

Zakarya Bergdich forced Marshall into a smart save before Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga cleared Makienok's effort off the line as the Welsh side drew their 13th match this season, the joint highest in the whole league.

Charlton head coach Jose Riga:

"Cardiff deserved to win the game, but for me the most important was to see a reaction from my players. The way we played pleased me a lot.

"Now we must make sure we keep this up in the next game. With these efforts we will get what we deserve.

I'm realistic. Results have not been the best, but what can we do?

"If you think and act like a team you can do a lot things. I believe in work, commitment and I always stay optimistic. It's a step forward."

Cardiff City manager Russell Slade said:

"We opened up in an effort to try and win three points rather than take just one. We had something like 22 shots and if there's any criticism we've probably only had three or four on target and that is what cost us dearly.

"We felt it was two points dropped massively. We were in some good situations and it was the final shot or pass that let us down. We didn't have the final ruthless streak which was going to bring us home the three points.

"The Ameobi red card was a little bit soft and it's a disappointing."

Line-ups

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 20Solly
  • 50Teixeira
  • 26Lennon
  • 21Fox
  • 16GhoochannejhadSubstituted forPoyetat 75'minutes
  • 8CousinsSubstituted forSanogoat 73'minutes
  • 4JacksonSubstituted forBaat 65'minutes
  • 19BergdichBooked at 79mins
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 9MakienokBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 6Sarr
  • 22Ba
  • 25Sanogo
  • 28Johnson
  • 30Pope
  • 37Lookman
  • 39Poyet

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 3da SilvaSubstituted forPeltierat 45'minutes
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 16Connolly
  • 28Malone
  • 38AmeobiBooked at 90mins
  • 22O'KeefeSubstituted forMachedaat 68'minutes
  • 8Ralls
  • 7WhittinghamSubstituted forGunnarssonat 78'minutes
  • 13Pilkington
  • 37Lawrence

Substitutes

  • 2Peltier
  • 14Macheda
  • 15Dikgacoi
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21Moore
  • 26Zohore
  • 27Immers
Referee:
Iain Williamson
Attendance:
16,755

Match Stats

Home TeamCharltonAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home14
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Cardiff City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Cardiff City 0.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City).

  4. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

  5. Post update

    Harry Lennon (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Federico Macheda (Cardiff City).

  7. Post update

    Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Sammy Ameobi (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by El-Hadji Ba (Charlton Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yaya Sanogo.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ralls.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Morgan Fox.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Harry Lennon.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi.

  17. Booking

    Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Lee Peltier (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Simon Makienok (Charlton Athletic).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Makienok.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull30185747192859
2Middlesbrough29176639162357
3Burnley311511548262256
4Brighton301511440301056
5Sheff Wed311411649331653
6Derby311312640271351
7Birmingham3113993830848
8Ipswich3113994039148
9Cardiff31111373833546
10Nottm Forest31101293127442
11Preston31101292929042
12Wolves311010114042-240
13Brentford31117134248-640
14QPR31912103738-139
15Reading31910123333037
16Leeds30812102934-536
17Huddersfield3198144244-235
18Fulham30711124750-332
19Blackburn29613102527-231
20MK Dons3187162542-1731
21Bristol City31710142748-2131
22Rotherham3175193655-1926
23Charlton31510162656-3025
24Bolton31412153052-2224
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