REPORT | Gillingham 1 Charlton 1

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The Addicks extended their unbeaten run to eight games with a 1-1 draw at Gillingham.

Charlton had the better of the game and missed a first half penalty but went behind with 18 minutes to go, from a soft penalty, before substitute Chuks Aneke netted 10 minutes later.

The Addicks began the game in a 4-diamond-2 formation with Marcus Maddison making his first league start behind the front two of Omar Bogle and Conor Washington.

The Gills had the first chance of the game when Dominic Samuel volleyed just over in the second minute, Andrew Shinnie’s effort from distance just a minute later was the Addicks' first attempt. The ball curled just over with Gillingham’s goalkeeper Jack Bonham scampering back towards his goal.

Bonham did well to deflect Madison’s outstanding 35-yard free kick onto his crossbar and behind for a corner 10 minutes later and Ben Watson’s free kick from just inside Gillingham’s half also had to be pushed over the bar by the Gills stopper.

Ben Amos, recently crowned League One Player of the Month, had to be at his best to keep out Vadaine Oliver at point blank range. The Charlton goalkeeper made no mistake, adding to his string of outstanding saves this season.

Charlton were awarded a 38th minute penalty when Bogle was fouled at the back post. The striker wanted to take the penalty himself but eventually handed the ball to Washington, who scored from the spot against Fleetwood Town. The Northern Ireland international struck a confident penalty low towards the bottom corner of the goal but Bonham denied him excellently, palming the ball away from danger. 

Minutes later, after some neat passing football, Washington saw a shot deflected wide and the two teams went in at half-time without finding the net despite chances at both ends. 

The Addicks began the second half the better side, playing some nice passing football. Albie Morgan saw a volley deflected behind for a corner and Ian Maatsen’s deflected shot had to be palmed away by Bonham. 

Bowyer utilized his bench to bring on Chuks Aneke, Paul Smyth and the returning Alex Gilbey and two of his substitutes nearly made an immediate impact. Aneke broke away from his marker and fed Gilbey on the edge of the area. The midfielder’s low effort was too close to Bonham who gathered comfortably. 

Gillingham took a lead against the run of play when referee Robert Lewis surprisingly adjudged that Chris Gunter had clipper the heels of John Akinde. The referee didn’t seem keen to give the penalty but decided to after what looked like consultation with the fourth official. Jordan Graham stepped up to take the penalty and smashed confidently into the net. 

Amos did well to keep it at 1-0, coming out quickly to smother from Vadaine Oliver after the striker beat the offside trap. 

The Addicks chased the game and Watson saw a shot on the turn well blocked. 

Charlton found their equaliser with a goal that started with Amos. The keeper passed it out and eventually Shinnie played into the path of Smyth who coolly passed in to Aneke. The striker calmly finished past Bonham from close range. 

The striker nearly scored a second, heading just over the bar from a quick corner as Charlton looked for a winner but game ended 1-1 with the two sides sharing the points.

Gillingham: Bonham, Jackson, Ogilivie, Tucker, Medley, Dempsye (C), Samuel, Graham, McKenzie, Oliver (Coyle 86), Robertson (Akinde 63)

Subs (not used): Walsh, Willock, Coyle, Eccles, Woods, Maghoma

Goal: Graham 72 (pen)

Booked: Oliver 66 (foul on Pratley), Dempsey 83 (foul on Maatsen), Samuel 84 (timewasting), McKenzie 90 (foul on Smyth)

Charlton: Amos; Matthews, Gunter, Pratley (C), Maatsen; Watson, Shinnie, Morgan (Purrington 88), Maddison (Gilbey 66); Bogle (Aneke 66), Washington (Smyth 66)

Subs (not used): Maynard-Brewer, Pearce, Levitt

Goal: Aneke 82

Booked: Maddison 29 (foul on Graham), Gilbey 81 (foul on Samuel), Maatsen 90 (dissent)

Referee: R Lewis

Attendance: 0 (Behind-closed-doors)

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