Charlton need to be more ruthless in both boxes says Joe Aribo after the away draw at Accrington Stanley: Ruthless streak needed
Charlton face table topping Peterborough at The Valley tomorrow evening.
Accrington Stanley were favoured by the pundits for an instant return to League Two, but they have shown they have more about them. Grant put Charlton ahead on 15 minutes, but the home side equalised through Clark on 78 minutes.
Charlton fans unfurled a big banner in the away end: 'EFL, not fit for purpose.'
Charlton opened the scoring after 15 minutes when Lewis Page raced down the left wing and played in a cross, finding the head of Karlan Grant. The forward's header hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down with the assistant referee judging it had crossed the line.
Grant could have doubled Charlton's advantage with a shot from 22 yards which was narrowly wide while Billy Kee came close for Stanley after 44 minutes but his header was just the wrong side of the upright.
Stanley pressed for the equaliser after the break but Charlton were dangerous on the breakaway, with Darren Pratley forcing a good save out of Middlesbrough loan keeper Connor Ripley.
The home side's pressure finally told when Sam Finley's ball caused chaos in the area and both Sean McConville and Offrande Zanzala had shots before Clark fired home from close range to secure a point.
Charlton are now 12th in the table.
Report from the News Shopper here: Forced to settle for point
The report from Louis Mendez of the SLP is here: Addicks settle for point
Lee Bowyer was not happy with the team's performance and warned 'they have to be better than they were today otherwise they’ll get thumped (on Tuesday against Peterborough)'. The shell shocked supremo slammed his side's decision making, saying 'We weren't good enough': Unacceptable draw
Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman is not bothered by Tuesday's 6-1 defeat in the League Cup by Mansfield. The focus is now on their first league game against Charlton. He admits that Charlton are a good team with good players, but is formulating a battle plan to defeat the Addicks: No alarm bells
There has been no further interest in Nicky Ajose who is one of the highest paid players on Charlton's books: Bowyer update
Lee Bowyer has expressed his admiration for the job that John Coleman has done at Accrington Stanley on a tight budget: Admiration
Krystian Bielik (which translates as Chris Eagles) has joined Charlton on a season long loan. The Valley has been a good proving ground for Arsenal youngsters: Loan signing
Arsenal's Krystian Bielik is a Charlton loan target, reports Richard Cawley of the SLP.
The 20-year old centre back was signed by Arsenal from his Polish club for a fee of over £2m. He was on loan at Walsall for the second half of last season: Career details
He can also play as a defensive midfielder. However, he is only one of a number of targets Charlton are looking at.
Richard Cawley has also reported that Nicky Ajose's potential move abroad now looks like a non-starter.
An interesting in depth look at the Duchatelet football empire from Hungary: Empire builders
A key to their approach is seen as reducing the staff to the absolute minimum possible on the cheapest wages possible. It doesn't matter if they know nothing about football. The same minimalist approach is taken to the squad. Focus on selling players.
A young Charlton side went out of the League Cup in a 3-0 defeat at Milton Keynes last night as a result of a number of mistakes that included a Dillon Phillips own goal. Johnnie Jackson said that their inexperience showed and they need to learn from their mistakes: Lessons of defeat must be learned
Jackson said that it was still possible that the club would make loan additions before Saturday's game at Accrington: Working hard on targets