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Posted Sat 13 Feb 16 at 17:45 PM

Charlton 0 Cardiff City 0

Olly Groome reports from The Valley

A much-improved performance saw Charlton lift themselves off the foot of the Championship table with a goalless draw against Cardiff City at The Valley on Saturday.

José Riga opted to make one change to the side which lost out to Bristol City last weekend, with Reza Ghoochannejhad coming in to support Simon Makienok in attack.

Meanwhile, there was a place on the bench for Arsenal loanee Yaya Sanogo for the first time.

It was the Addicks who saw the first half-chance of a somewhat flat first period when Zakarya Bergdich got down the left before cutting back to Johann Berg Gudmundsson, but the winger’s first-time effort was well blocked by a blue shirt.

The Iceland international then looked to turn provider on 15 minutes when his cross was flicked wide of the post by Makienok.

The visitors responded by having the ball in the net just before the half-hour mark, only for it to be chalked off for offside.

Anthony Pilkington got in behind the hosts’ back four and lobbed past Stephen Henderson one-on-one, and although the flag had long-since been raised, replays showed that it was certainly a close call.

The Bluebirds struck the woodwork shortly after when Joe Ralls’ 25-yard drive came bouncing back off the base of the left-hand upright, but the best chance of the half came the way of the hosts, with Johnnie Jackson missing a glorious opportunity to put his side in front three minutes before the break.

Gudmundsson picked the unmarked skipper out with a corner from the left, but with the goal at his mercy, he could only adjust to head the ball down, into the ground and bouncing over the crossbar.

Five minutes into the second-half, Stephen Henderson was called into action to keep out Pilkington with a good save at his near post before Sammy Ameobi curled an effort just wide a minute later.

The Welshmen were enjoying a good spell and they came close again when danger man Pilkington glanced a header off the top of the crossbar, before the Addicks slowly started to gain their footing in the half.

Just after the hour mark, Morgan Fox supplied a sumptuous cross for Ghoochannejhad at the back stick, but the Iranian wildly booted his right-footed effort over the bar.

Charlton then suffered a blow when Jackson limped off with injury, replaced by El-Hadji Ba, while Henderson was forced into another good stop to deny Ralls’ deflected shot which looked to be creeping in.

The hosts’ apparent injury curse struck again on 72 when the industrious Jordan Cousins became the Londoners’ second midfielder to be forced off the field with Sanogo coming on to replace the academy graduate.

And as the minutes ticked into the final 10, the Addicks gained the ascendency.

Sanogo made an immediate impact, teeing up Zakarya Bergdich, whose shot was parried away by David Marshall and there were more chances to come before full-time.

Makienok did well to bundle Matthew Connolly off the ball to get into the box and fires past the Bluebirds’ stopper, but Bruno Ecuele Manga was on hand to hack the ball of the line.

With the superb support of the Valley faithful, Charlton continued to push forward and in the dying moments Sanogo tried got the ball under control in the box before seeing his shot blocked from 12 yards, while Makienok’s follow up was also denied by a Cardiff defender.

There was still time for Ameobi to receive his marching orders in injury-time when he was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away, a mere 60 seconds after he escaped punishment for the same offence.

But there was not enough time for the home side to take advantage as the Addicks continue to look for that all-important victory.

Results elsewhere mean that Riga’s men find themselves six points from safety with 15 games left, but with Charlton heading to Fulham next weekend, there were plenty of positives on show ahead of the trip to Craven Cottage as they continue their quest for Championship survival.

Charlton: Henderson, Solly, Teixeira, Lennon, Fox, Gudmundsson, Cousins (Sanogo 75), Jackson (Ba 65), Bergdich, Makienok, Ghoochannejhad (Poyet 75).

Subs (not used): Pope, Sarr, Johnson, Lookman.

Booked: Bergdich 79 (foul on Pilkington), Makienok 87 (foul on Peltier)

Cardiff City: Marshall; Da Silva (Peltier 46), Manga, Whittingham (Gunnarsson 78), Ralls, Pilkington, Connolly, O’Keefe (Macheda 68), Malone, Lawrence, Ameobi.

Subs (not used): Moore, Dikgacoi, Zohore, Immers.

Sent off: Ameobi 90+6 (second-bookable offence)

Referee: I Williamson

Att: 16,755 (922 from Cardiff)

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