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Posted Sat 15 Aug 15 at 18:03 PM

Derby County 1 Charlton 1

Olly Groome reports from the iPro Stadium

Charlton remain unbeaten this season after a dogged display earned a 1-1 draw with Derby County at the iPro Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

Despite the hosts enjoying plenty of possession throughout the afternoon, Tony Watt fired the Addicks into the lead shortly after the break, with thanks to a deflection, and the visitors put on a fantastic defensive performance to frustrate the Rams all afternoon. 

Despite their determination, Chris Martin earned Derby a leveller, but it did not take the gloss off a fine point against yet another side who are tipped for promotion from the Championship come May. 

Guy Luzon made two changes to the side which earned an opening day victory over Queens Park Rangers at The Valley, with Watt reinstated into the starting XI after impressing both against Rangers and from the start against Dagenham & Redbridge in the League Cup on Tuesday evening, with Karlan Ahearne-Grant giving way. 

The other change saw El-Hadji Ba drop to the bench, leaving Cristian Ceballos to come into the side to make his full Addicks debut. 

With the match under way, Charlton got out of the blocks quickly, attacking straight from kick-off to register their first shot with just 14 seconds gone. 

With the ball delivered forward, Simon Makienok won a trademark flick-on which Ceballos controlled only to fire over the bar from the edge of the D. 

Then, with nine minutes on the clock, Johann Berg Gudmundsson tried his luck with a low drive from a similar distance which former Addick Scott Carson was equal to. 

Derby, meanwhile, threatened with patient build-up play in the opening exchanges, with Patrick Bauer and Alou Diarra called into action to make a pair of solid blocks early on. 

Indeed, the Rams began to claim the lions’ share of possession as the half reached its midway point, with the visitors unable to get their foot on the ball. 

The tricky Tom Ince created a good chance for the hosts on 22 minutes when he jinked into the box, only for his cutback to be pulled wide by Martin, while George Thorne lashed a shot over the crossbar four minutes later. 

Just past the half-hour mark, however, it was Charlton who came closest to scoring when Chris Solly floated a dangerous ball into the box from the right.

Ceballos ghosted in round the back of the defence and very nearly bundled the ball home, but Carson proved stronger, swallowing up the ball as the Spaniard looked to pull the trigger. 

At the other end, Jeff Hendrick dragged a shot wide of the post for Derby as the home side continued to play lots of fancy football, without creating anything clear-cut, which was, in truth, the story of the first 45. 

The second-half kicked off in much the same fashion, with the hosts breathing down the Londoners’ necks, coming close when Diarra made another superb block to deny Hendrick from 12 yards, moments before a follow-up shot was deflected agonisingly wide. 

But just as the iPro Stadium faithful began to believe their patience was close to paying off, the Addicks went straight down the other end and stole the lead through the in-form Watt. 

Picking up possession midway into the Derby half, the Scott surged forwards and unleashed a shot which took a meaty deflection from Thorne, ensuring it would loop up and out of the reach of Carson before settling in the back of the net. 

Of course, the goal would serve simply to frustrate the home side further and Charlton knew they would have to weather a storm which was set to come their way. 

First, Martin sent a header towards goal, which Pope saved well, before Bauer made a vital goal-line clearance to deny Hendrick, who had skipped past the dive of the young stopper.  

Moments later, the Addicks very nearly shocked their hosts again when Gudmundsson’s shot took a familiar deflection, beating Carson yet again, but this time bouncing inches past the post before Diarra saw his header nodded off the line from the resulting corner. 

While Derby streamed forward, they were still lacking a potent finish in the final third, all the while leaving themselves open to the counter attack. 

Makienok and Watt nearly benefitted from one such move forward, with the duo combining well before the Dane drilled a shot straight at Carson from just inside the box. 

But moments later, on 69 minutes, Charlton’s rear-guard was finally broken when Martin slotted in an equaliser. 

Picking the ball up in the box, the striker spun and fired past Pope into the bottom left-hand corner to draw the promotion favourites level. 

Despite the hosts’ continued possession, the visitors still looked handy in attack and Makienok sent a dipping header narrowly over the bar, while, at the other end, Derby sub Anreas Weimann cynically threw himself to the floor in the box in search of a penalty, which was quite rightly waved away, although somehow, the midfielder avoided a deserved booking. 

With 12 minutes remaining, Pope was forced to punch away an Ince free-kick which was heading for the bottom corner as the Rams threatened to turn the screw with the final whistle in sight. 

Another counter-attack saw Gudmundsson fire only just wide for Luzon’s men with nine minutes left while Derby continued to throw everything forward with Martin coming inches away from diverting a driven cross inside the post. 

And deep into injury-time, Pope brilliantly tipped Martin’s header over the bar to ensure the Addicks a well-earned point in Derbyshire. 

That point, meanwhile, proved to come on a special occasion for skipper Johnnie Jackson, with the midfielder emerging from the bench in the 88th minute for his 200th appearance for the club on his 33rd birthday. 

Jackson and Charlton’s next challenge comes not far from the iPro Stadium, with Tuesday’s trip to Nottingham Forest coming hot on the heels as the Addicks look to extend their unbeaten start. 

Charlton: Pope; Solly, Fox, Diarra, Bauer; Gudmundsson (Ba 90+2), Kashi, Cousins, Ceballos (Bergdich 61); Watt, Makienok (Jackson 88).

Subs (not used): Mitov, Sarr, Ghoochannejhad, Ahearne-Grant.

Goal: Watt 48

Booked: Bauer 77 (foul on Martin), Kashi 84 (foul on Hanson)

Derby: Carson, Forsyth, Keogh, Hendrick, Martin, Russell (Weimann 67), Baird, Shackell, Ince, Hanson (Christie 87), Thorne.

Subs (not used): Grant, Dawkins, Bent, Warnock, Shotton.

Goal: Martin 68

Referee: N Miller

Att: 29,085

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