IT’S not over by a long shout, but Town have to find a way of putting games like this to bed.
Just when Lee Clark’s play-off chasing side seemed to have made the breakthrough, with Jordan Rhodes heading his 20th goal of the season in the 52nd minute, Charlton hit back.
It was a screamer of a shot by Kyel Reid, their on-loan Sheffield United midfielder, five minutes later.
But it was the only genuine attempt on target by the Londoners, who will have been far more happy than Town with their point.
Unlike the last two games at the Galpharm, where Town haven’t won in six attempts, this was a nervy affair.
After the visits of Leeds and Norwich, the atmosphere was strangely subdued, and with Charlton pressurising the man in possession and closing down options very well, Town found it hard to create any momentum.
There was no shortage of effort, but all too often, the final ball lacked the necessary quality.
It might have been different had Theo Robinson, whose pace troubled the Charlton defence, not been harshly pulled back for offside by assistant referee David Naylor as he broke through in the seventh minute.
And Michael Collins was also left frustrated, with his 23rd-minute shot deflected for a corner and his drive from Rhodes’ neat lay-off four minutes later being blocked.
Meanwhile right-back Lee Peltier was relieved the card produced by referee Jarnail Singh in the 28th minute after he caught French midfielder Therry Racon late was yellow rather than red.
The same could be said for Charlton’s former Scotland international centre-back Christian Dailly in the 41st minute, for his hauling down of Robinson as he ran onto Pilkington’s pass was cynical.
Town came close to punishing their visitors from the resultant free-kick, delivered by Gary Roberts and nodded back by Peter Clarke, but Neal Trotman’s header skimmed the bar.
As well as goals and possible dismissals, it was also tit for tat in terms of penalty shouts.
Gary Borrowdale’s clumsy 58th-minute challenge on Roberts went unpunished, and Charlton’s claims that Trotman handled Reid’s stoppage time effort were waved away.
Had on-loan QPR defender Borrowdale been penalised, Town would have had a great chance to go two up, because Rhodes had just beaten keeper Darren Randolph with a well-placed glancing header from Roberts’ right-wing cross.
Instead, it was level pegging less than a minute later after Reid lashed the ball home spectacularly when Town could only partially clear a long throw.
Town bossed the remainder of the match but couldn’t find that crucial finishing touch, a point well emphasised in the 66th minute when Robinson’s excellent cross from the right swept past the face of goal before Roberts’ dangerous return ball was cleared.
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Anthony Pilkington put a 67th-minute free-kick just the wrong side of the left-hand upright, and Rhodes’ 72nd-minute header from left-back Dean Heffernan’s deep cross was collected by Randolph.
Sam Sodje mopped up when Pilkington broke through menacingly and crossed in the 81st minute and after the Town winger had a shot blocked, he supplied the centre from which Collins’ 88th-minute shot was palmed away.