George Jones reports from Glanford Park
A solid performance from Charlton saw them earn a point away at league-leaders Scunthorpe United on Tuesday evening.
In a game of few clear-cut chances, the Addicks enjoyed some impressive spells of possession - particularly in the second half – and came so close to winning the game in stoppage time when Johnnie Jackson’s free-kick struck the post.
The stalemate prevented the Iron from setting a new club record of eight successive home wins and credit must go to Russell Slade’s men for the way they kept their hosts at bay for 90 minutes.
The Manager made three changes to the XI that started against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, with one of them being enforced by injury.
Ricky Holmes was unable to travel due to a back problem, meaning that he missed out. Lee Novak - a substitute at the weekend - was also absent due to illness.
That made room for skipper Jackson to come back into the starting line-up after injury, while Patrick Bauer and Kevin Foley earned starts too. They replaced Ezri Konsa and Nicky Ajose.
The opening 11 minutes passed by relatively incident free, with the Addicks keeping possession well without managing to threaten their hosts’ goal. It was from one of their impressive spells of keep ball, that their first chance arrived.
Possession was fed out to Solly on the right and he floated in a cross that Scunthorpe partially cleared. The loose ball dropped from Lookman and only a last-ditch tackle from Duane Holmes denied him of a shooting opportunity.
Scunthorpe quickly responded and came close when leading scorer Josh Morris flashed a strike just wide of Declan Rudd’s left-hand post from 25 yards.
Morris tested Rudd on 25 minutes when he aimed a low strike at goal, having linked up with Holmes at a short corner, but the Addicks stopper held his effort.
At the other end, an inviting cross from Jackson was met bravely by the head of Ulvestad. His effort was deflected a yard or so wide and, from the resulting corner, Bauer nodded Lookman’s deep delivery wide of the far post.
Some neat link-up play between Foley and Chris Solly ended with the latter flashing the ball across the face of goal on 32 minutes. With no-one in the middle able to provide the vital touch, the ball ran through for Fox, who whipped in a cross that Magennis glanced wide.
The Addicks were beginning to get on top and they threatened again when Fox fired a strike over the bar, having won the ball with a good tackle on Holmes.
As the half reached its end point, it was the hosts that were enjoying the lion’s share of possession and a comfortable save from Rudd from a left-footed Neal Bishop strike ensured that the two teams headed in level at the break.
Slade’s side began the second period in the ascendancy and Andrew Crofts saw a powerful shot well blocked before a clever dummy from Jackson almost allowed Fredrik Ulvestad to break through the Iron’s defence line.
Jason Pearce could not get enough of a connection on Lookman’s deep free-kick and, at the other end, Morris tumbled inside the box under the challenge of Fox but the referee’s whistle, rightly so, was not forthcoming.
Jackson just failed to dig out a strike after getting on the end of low centre from Fox shortly after the hour mark and Ulvestad then sent a dipping volley goalwards that Iron goalkeeper Luke Daniels gathered.
Lookman capitalised on a slip from full-back Jordan Clarke to burst clear 20 minutes from time but, after cutting inside, he dragged his shot wide of goal.
The Addicks were continuing to look the likelier and a vital header from defender David Mirfin saw him take the ball off the head of Jackson at the far post.
In a rare foray forward from Scunthorpe, Kevin van Veen flicked himself away from the Charlton defence but Pearce recovered excellently to block the striker’s shot.
Slade introduced Jordan Botaka with eight minutes remaining and his first involvement saw him reach the byline before crossing for Magennis, who headed over the bar.
Botaka was quickly involved again. He got onto the end of a low Fox cross, sidestepped his man and fired over the bar from 12 yards.
It was arguably the game’s best chance so far and another arrived just two minutes later. This time for Scunthorpe. Substitute Hakeeb Adelakun broke into the penalty area but a huge block from Pearce, not his first of the night, deflected his strike over the bar.
The fourth official indicated four minutes of stoppage time and Ulvestad almost got onto the end of Magennis flick-on moments into it.
The Addicks were millimetres from grabbing a winner in the 92nd minute.
A foul on Lookman won the Addicks a free-kick on the edge of the box; Jackson stepped up and curled it against the outside of the post. It was agonisingly close for the skipper and would have rewarded his side with, arguably, a deserved winner. It was not to be, though, and Charlton had to settle for a more-than-deserved point.
Scunthorpe United: Daniels, Wallace, Mirfin, Dawson (Mantom 80), Madden (Smallwood 70), van Veen, Morris, Bishop, Toffolo, Holmes (Adelakun 70), Clarke.
Subs (not used): Anyon, Goode, Margetts.
Charlton: Rudd, Solly, Bauer, Pearce, Fox, Foley (Botaka 83), Crofts, Ulvestad, Jackson (c), Lookman, Magennis.
Subs (not used): Phillips, Chicksen, Lennon, Konsa, Hanlan, Ajose.
Referee: C Sarginson.