George Jones reports from The Valley
Simon Makienok bagged a second-half equaliser as Charlton came from behind to earn a point against Nottingham Forest at The Valley on Saturday.
Ben Osborn’s opener had given the visitors the lead but the Dane’s third goal of the season ensured a share of the spoils for the Addicks, who were reduced to 10 men 15 minutes from time when Tareiq Holmes-Dennis was sent off for two bookable offences.
The Addicks almost won it in stoppage time but a stunning save from Dorus De Vries in the fourth minute of stoppage denied Callum Harriott a dramatic winner.
Karel Fraeye made three changes to the eleven that started against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday afternoon, with Simon Makienok, Jordan Cousins and the recently-recalled Harriott all earning starts.
There was a place in the squad for new signing Rhys Williams and Johann Berg Gudmundsson was also amongst the replacements after recovering from a kick to the ankle.
The Valley observed a minute’s applause prior to kick-off as both club’s remembered all those connected with them to have lost their lives over the last 12 months.
A strong, early burst forward from Harriott got the Addicks on the front foot and they continued their forward momentum in the eighth minute when Morgan Fox played in Johnnie Jackson to cross. Visiting stopper De Vries was able to claim the centre, however.
Harriott almost played in Makienok through the centre soon afterwards but the former’s pass was just the wrong side of the big Danish striker.
Ricardo Vaz Te tried to tee up Harry Lennon on the edge of Forest’s box after doing well to control a high ball forward on 20 minutes but, under pressure from Forest’s backline, the defender could not steady himself and the away side cleared.
The Tricky Trees had feint appeals for a penalty rejected by referee Trevor Kettle when Fox cut out Chris Burke’s right-wing cross and the loose ball bounced up and brushed his arm.
Moments later, the Addicks almost grabbed the lead. Vaz Te advanced across the penalty area and, after losing the ball, possession dropped for Harriott. He quickly shifted the ball onto his left foot and aimed at goal, with his strike taking a big deflection and dropping inches wide.
From the resulting a corner, they came even closer to going ahead. A deep delivery was headed back across his own by Nelson Oliveira but a combination of Makienok and Jackson were not able to force the ball over the line.
A slick move saw Forest carve out a great opportunity of their own 10 minutes before the break. A couple of one-twos between strike pairing Ryan Mendes and Oliveira saw the latter advance into the penalty area.
He cut the ball back to Mendes on the penalty spot but Lennon got his body in the way of the forward’s effort at goal and the danger was averted.
The visitors were beginning to build some momentum down both flanks and a low Burke cross narrowly missed everyone inside the box before Mendes thumped a low centre through a crowd of bodies in the 39th minute.
They went in front an minute before the half-time whistle. Charlton only managed to half clear a corner and the visitors managed to recycle possession. The ball was worked out Mendes on the left and he picked out Osborn on the edge of the box, who worked the ball onto his right foot and curled into the top corner.
The Addicks introduced Gudmundsson in place of El-Hadji Ba at the break and the Icelandic international was immediately involved as he latched upon Makienok’s knockdown before seeing his narrow-angled drive deflected behind.
Operating at the tip of the midfield, Gudmudsson was causing the visitors problems and Charlton built up some steam in the second period’s early stages.
Harriott skipped away from two men and curled just wide on 55 minutes and Vaz Te then zipped a cross-cum-shot across the face of goal, with no-one in red able to provide the decisive touch.
The Addicks came within a whisker of an equaliser three minutes later. Cousins made up ground to beat his man to the ball and head forward; Makienok chased it down a toed towards goal, forcing De Vries into an excellent reflex save.
At the other end, a superb sliding challenge from Lennon swiped the ball away from Mendes as he broke into the penalty area and Oliveira then stung the palms of Henderson with a 20-yard drive.
The save proved to be crucial as Charlton levelled seconds later. Harriott sent in a delicious cross from the left, which arced between Forest’s back four and goalkeeper, and Makienok hung out a long leg to guide the ball into the far corner.
The Addicks had been dealt a blow a few minutes earlier when Jackson had to be withdrawn through injury and his replacement, Tareiq Holmes-Dennis, picked up a yellow card two minutes after the equaliser for tugging back at Osborn.
And the youngster, playing in the right-back position, then committed the same offence on 76 minutes. Referee Kettle decided not to give him a final warning and instead produced a red card.
The full-back for probably slightly unfortunate to be dismissed but, keen to make their numerical advantage count, Forest pushed on for a winner.
Eric Lichaj reached the byline and picked out Oliveira in the centre and only a brilliant block from Naby Sarr prevented the striker’s effort form hitting the net.
The loose ball dropped from Lansbury and his effort, via a deflection from Oliveira, dropped wide of Stephen Henderson’s goal.
Forest captain Lansbury sent a free-kick into the Charlton wall five minutes from time and Oliveira then aimed at goal from a tight angle but Henderson was able to hold on to his strike.
Four minutes of stoppage time were indicated and the visitors carved out another opportunity when Olveira broke free of the Addicks’ backline.
The forward looked favourite to score but somehow Solly managed to make up ground to get across and get a vital block in.
And, incredibly, the Addicks almost won it at the death. Makienok knocked down for Harriott to rip clear of the Forest defence on the left flank and, from a tight angle, he smashed goalwards but De Vries was equal to it and touched it over the bar.
From the resulting corner, they came even closer. The visitors nodded the initial set-piece away, which landed at the feet of Harriott.
He took aim from 25 yards and De Vries flew across his goal to palm his strike away. It would have been a last-gasp, and arguably deserved, winner for the Londoners but the stopper produced a magnificent save and the contest ended all square.
Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Sarr, Lennon, Fox, Ba (Gudmundsson 46), Cousins, Jackson (Holmes-Dennis 65), Vaz Te (Williams 79), Harriott, Makienok.
Subs (not used): Pope, Williams, Moussa, Ceballos, Ghoochannejhad.
Goals: Makienok 70
Booked: Holmes-Dennis 71 (foul on Osborn)
Sentoff: Holmes-Dennis 76 (second booking foul on Osborn)
NottinghamForest: De Vries, Lichaj, Mancienne, Mills, Lansbury (c), Mendes (Tesche 61), Oliveira, Vaughan, Hobbs (Cohen 86), C Burke (Blackstock 73), Osborn.
Subs (not used): Evtimov, Ward, O’Grady, O Burke.
Goals: Osborn 44
Booked: Vaughan 87 (foul on Cousins)
Referee: T Kettle
Attendance: 16,090 (2562 Forest fans)