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Charlton pegged back twice by gutsy Brighton

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A FEW weeks ago it was predicted that it could be a long hard season for Charlton. However it appears that the team from SE 7 has gradually got the hang of things in the Championship. Today they had to settle for a 2-2 draw as they were pegged back twice by a Brighton side just three points outside the play-off places.

Brighton kicked off with purpose and intent. However, Charlton took the lead in the ninth minute. Johnnie Jackson’s corner was met by a header by Lawrie Wilson, which went in. Five minutes later Brighton should have been level but Gordon Greer missed a sitter from just three yards out.

On 17 minutes Stephen Dobbie waltzed his way through the Charlton defence but Ben Hamer made a point blank save as he pulled the trigger.

On 22 minutes Bradley Pritchard saw his shot saved by Tomas Kuszczak. Just five minutes later Brighton drew level. There was a defensive mix up in the Charlton defence and Craign Mackail-Smith pounced on the loose ball and calmly slotted it past Hamer.

On 35 minutes Wilson put a delightful cross into the Brighton box but Danny Haynes could only hit the side netting. The score was 1-1 at the interval.

In the second half Brighton's Will Buckley saw his shot saved by the busy Hamer. In the 55th minute Wilson also went on a run but Kuszczak smothered his shot.

In the 61st minute Charlton restored their lead as a cross from the left by Jackson was met by Pritchard who side footed the ball past Kuszczak. The spirit of Brighton must be admired.

Playing away from home they continued to have a go and got their reward in the 74th minute when they were awarded a free kick, which was scored by substitute Kazenga Lua Lua via a deflection.

Both teams refused to settle for the draw and went searching for the winner. Charlton are now unbeaten in seven games; and in the process have steadied their ship and are five points off the playoff place. With a lot games still to come Chris Powell's mean can dream about another possible promotion. One thing for sure though is that the bare minimum with performances like this, Charlton will be guaranteed Championship football next season.

Brighton boss Gus Poyet said: “It is not the kind of game I am disappointed with because I knew it would be a difficult game. Playing away probably a point is alright. I am not saying I am happy though.”

Powell said: “I suppose you could say being 1-0 up in the first half and 2-1 up in the second half you expect to win.

"But we created chances in the first half and Brighton created chances in the second half. I felt we got our tactics right today. It is just a shame we could not get the three points today.”

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