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Charlton 1-1 Nottingham Forest
MARVIN Sordell’s second half equaliser was enough to earn Charlton a creditable draw against high-flying Nottingham Forest at The Valley.
The Addicks, pointless in their previous three matches, came from behind after Andy Reid had given the visitors a second minute lead.
But Chris Powell’s men went on to dominant the majority of the encounter and were warmly applauded off by their vocal support at the full-time whistle.
Former Addick Reid opened the scoring when his free-kick from the right flew over everyone in the box, including Charlton stopper Ben Hamer, and landed in the net.
But the confidence-lacking hosts responded well and went close to an equaliser as Rhoys Wiggins’ cross was diverted goal-wards by Simon Church, but his effort was turned over the bar by Karl Darlow.
And two minutes before the half hour, the Addicks left-back’s deep cross-shot was turned behind for a corner by Darlow.
Charlton looked far from a side who were one point off the bottom of the table and they stroked the ball around comfortably in midfield, but were given a let-off when the ball deflected through to Jamie Mackie.
The former QPR forward took the ball into the area but was brilliantly foiled by Hamer and Lawrie Wilson just about hacked away the danger.
On the stroke of half-time Charlton should have restored parity.
Dale Stephens broke forward from the halfway line, cut inside Jack Hobbs on the edge of the box and unleashed a shot that was beaten away by Darlow.
Church looked destined to stroke the rebound home and when he didn’t, it dropped back to Stephens who jinked past Hobbs again before blazing over from eight yards.
The Addicks started the second period in the same vein and went close when Sordell made himself half-a-yard on the edge of the box and curled an effort at Darlow.
Four minutes after the break the hosts had the equaliser that they deserved.
Callum Harriott dragged a shot well wide, but perfectly into the path of Wilson who picked out Sordell to convert from 12 yards.
Mark Gower charged down a Chris Cohen clearance two minutes later and the loose ball dropped to Sordell, who fired into the arms of Darlow.
With 10 minutes remaining academy product Jordan Cousins rattled the post during an incredible 30 seconds which also saw Sordell denied before Stephens shot over.
And in stoppage time Michael Morrison arrived unmarked to meet a Stephens corner but the centre-back skied his back post volley into the stand.
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