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Barnsley 2-2 Charlton
A SUPERB second half fightback saw Charlton come from 2-0 down to secure a share of the spoils against Barnsley at Oakwell.
Jordan Cousins and Simon Church ensured the Addicks collected their first point of the season, an outcome which appeared unlikely after goals either side of half-time from Chris O’Grady had put the Tykes in command.
The home side had the first chance as a speculative pass forward from Jean-Yves Mvoto wasn’t dealt with by Michael Morrison and Ben Hamer had to be quick off his line to deny Chris Dagnall.
The hosts continued to press in the opening stages as Charlton repelled the pressure, but the Addicks’ defensive resilience didn’t last long.
Scott Golbourne did well to work himself some space down the left and he crossed for O’Grady to bundle the ball home at the back post to put the Tykes ahead on 16 minutes.
The lead was almost doubled soon after when Jacob Mellis hit the post after getting the better of Dorian Dervite before Charlton scrambled the ball to safety.
The visitors’ best chance of the first period came on the half hour mark.
A quick free-kick from Mark Gower gave Callum Harriott time and space on the edge of the area, but his low shot was well saved by Luke Steele.
Chris Powell made two half-time changes as Leon Cort and debutant Cousins replaced Dale Stephens and Dervite.
M’Voto had the first chance of the half, heading wide after being well marshalled by substitute Cort, but it was only a matter of time before the lead was doubled.
The goal came from a familiar source, Mellis was given too much time down the left and he picked out O’Grady to head home.
Penalty box pinball at the other end resulted in Harriott testing Steele again before Rhoys Wiggins did well to snuff out the dangerous Mellis.
Charlton knew they had to score quickly to have any chance of rescuing something from the game and they did just that on 64 minutes.
After Church was denied brilliantly again by Steele, Jordan Cousins volleyed home on his to claw the Addicks right back into the contest.
All of sudden the momentum was with the visitors and the game was all square eight minutes later.
Yann Kermorgant sent Church through on goal and the former Reading player chipped over Steele for his first league goal for the club.
Barnsley responded with chances from O’Grady and substitute Digby, while Leon Cort headed wide from a corner for the visitors.
Charlton held on to secure a point and the second half fightback will give the team some much-needed confidence.
< Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Dervite (Cort 46), Morrison, Wiggins, Wilson, Stephens (Cousins 46), Gower, Harriott (Evina 75), Church, Kermorgant. Subs not used: Pope, Green, Sordell, Piggott. Att: 9,554 (461 from Charlton)
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