Charlton still firing blanks

Charlton Athletic 0 Oldham Athletic 0

Charlton missed out on the opportunity to go level on points with Leeds United at the summit but manager Phil Parkinson defended his side after they failed to score for the third League One game in succession.

A prolonged goal drought would damage the hard work they have put in so far, and after dominating this encounter they should have taken all three points. Oldham Athletic managed to hold on for a point, despite the home side hitting the crossbar on two occasions, but Parkinson remains optimistic.

"I cannot fault our attitude over the 12 games we have played," he said. "We are one of the top-scoring sides in the League and there is always going to be a period when you do not score. It was disappointing today, but this may prove to be an important point. I thought a lot of our play was good, we just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net."

Oldham were chasing a first ever win at the Valley, but there was little reason to believe that statistic would change based on the opening quarter of this encounter. The home side dominated proceedings as Nicky Bailey orchestrated play from the left side of midfield. He was unfortunate not to open the scoring eight minutes in, as he cut inside and sent an effort zipping inches wide of visiting goalkeeper Dean Brill's left-hand post.

Defender Miguel Llera was also kept at bay by Brill soon afterwards, as his long-range left-footed effort was pushed around the post.

The visiting manager, Dave Penney, spent the entire first half on his feet in the technical area, and it took until the half-hour mark for his side to take a grip on the game.

On 35 minutes, Dean Furman curled wide from the edge of the penalty area, following a period of neat passing. Charlton's Matt Spring came close before half-time, but a frustrated crowd of 16,441 headed off for the half-time interval wondering whether any goals would follow.

This was the first meeting between these sides in 12 years, and although it probably will not linger in the memory for too long, it did liven up.

Oldham took the initiative after half-time and forward Pawel Abbott had the ball in the net after 52 minutes, yet a foul in the build-up to his close-range tap-in meant the effort was ruled out.

Charlton introduced Izale McLeod on 63 minutes in an attempt to ignite their attacking threat. The forward has struggled to make an impact in south London since joining from MK Dons in 2008, and had three opportunities to score. He should have taken one of them, when he miskicked from eight yards out and the ball went wide.

Kelly Youga hit the crossbar from an overhead kick late on, but at full-time home supporters taunted the visitors with chants of "boring boring Oldham" in reference to their negative approach.

"I thought the chants were fantastic, I wish every set of home fans would sing that at us because at least it means we are doing something right," said Penney. "This is a tough place to come and we have to be happy with a point."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Larry David and Rosie Perez in ‘Fish in the Dark’
theatreReview: Had Fish in the Dark been penned by a civilian it would have barely got a reading, let alone £10m advance sales
News
Details of the self-cleaning coating were published last night in the journal Science
science
News
Approved Food sell products past their sell-by dates at discounted prices
i100
News
Life-changing: Simone de Beauvoir in 1947, two years before she wrote 'The Second Sex', credited as the starting point of second wave feminism
peopleHer seminal feminist polemic, The Second Sex, has been published in short-form to mark International Women's Day
News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable