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Posted Sat 18 Sep 10 at 16:52 PM

Tranmere 1 Charlton 1

Enoch Showunmi's fourth goal of the season saw Tranmere came from a goal down to earn a well deserved point against Charlton Athletic at Prenton Park.

A slow start to the game saw Rovers punished early on but they improved as the first half wore on and more than matched their opponents throughout the second half.

Showunmi's close range strike was almost added to by Dale Jennings but the Charlton keeper denied the youngster a fairytale debut with a wonderful save.

There were four changes to the side that started at Yeovil with Liam Darville and Ian Thomas-Moore missing out through injury and Joe Collister and Ryan Fraughan dropping out of the side as John Welsh, Joss Labadie, Lucas Akins and Peter Gulacsi came into the starting line-up. There were places on the substitutes' bench for youth team players Dale Jennings and Max Power, while former Rovers loanees Luke Daniels and Simon Francis were on the bench and in the starting line-up respectively for Charlton.

The starting formation against Charlton

Rovers survived a couple of early Charlton attacks with Max Blanchard heading clear of the path of Paul Benson and Jermaine Grandison also getting a vital block in moments later.

At the other end Ian Goodison sent a left foot shot high over the bar but the next real action brought the opening goal for the visitors on seven minutes. A free kick whipped in by Johnnie Jackson bounced just in front of Gulacsi and the Hungarian keeper couldn't keep hold of it allowing Scott Wagstaff to turn in from six yards out.

Therry Racon curled wide after side stepping Arnaud Mendy's challenge on the edge of the Tranmere area on 13 minutes while Akins headed over two minutes later from a John Welsh cross as Rovers looked for a quick equaliser.

An Akins shot was blocked on 18 minutes while Welsh held off three defenders before volleying inches past the right hand post from outside the area four minutes later.

A curling free kick from Aaron Cresswell just missed the head of Goodison four yards out on 34 minutes while Lee Martin's shot was deflected wide by Sam Morrow at the other end soon after.

Gulacsi saved well with his feet from Racon after the Charlton midfielder's initial shot was blocked by Blanchard, while neither Goodison nor Enoch Showunmi could turn in Cresswell's free kick three minutes from half time at the other end.

A surging run from Showunmi earned a corner on 45 minutes, moments before Morrow left the action with a hamstring to be replaced by Jennings who was making his Tranmere debut.

Despite improving as the half went on and beginning to take the game to their opponents, as the half time whistle blew Rovers still found themselves a goal down.

Wagstaff put an early second half effort high over Gulacsi's bar but seven minutes into the half Rovers drew level. A corner on the right was whipped in by Cresswell, Jennings got his head to the ball and though the effort was cleared off the line by Racon, Showunmi was first to react and the striker turned in from six yards.

Jennings showed glimpses of his raw speed to race past Francis on 55 minutes though the striker's appeals for handball were turned down after his cross appeared to hit the defender on the arm.

Cresswell beat Francis for speed before being brought down on 57 minutes with Showunmi shooting narrowly wide from the resulting free kick, while appeals for a second yellow for Francis from the home fans were ignored.

Wagstaff ran closer and closer to the Rovers six yard box on 62 minutes before Welsh intervened and cleared the danger for the home side, while Jennings stepped inside a challenge before bringing a fantastic save out of Ross Worner with a 30 yard drive.

Welsh played one twos with Mendy and Akins before dragging a 25-yard shot wide of the target on 68 minutes, while Goodison conjured up a step over to get past Martin two minutes later but his cross-shot went out for a throw in on the far side.

Benson almost headed Charlton back into the lead from a Francis cross on 77 minutes but his effort went just past of Gulacsi's right hand post from ten yards.

Miguel Llera picked up his side's fifth booking of the game on 82 minutes for pulling down Showunmi as he ran towards the area, but Cresswell's free kick hit Semedo in the face before the offside flag was raised when the ball was played back in.

Blanchard headed Cresswell's corner over the bar with five minutes remaining and Welsh fired just over the top as the game went injury time, but Rovers were unable to find the crucial second goal and had to settle for a point.

Tranmere: Gulacsi, Blanchard, Grandison, Goodison, Cresswell, Labadie, Welsh, Mendy, Morrow (Jennings 45+1), Showunmi, Akins. Substitutes not used: Collister, Cathalina, Wood, Bakayogo, Fraughan, Power.

Charlton: Worner, Francis, Jackson (Fry 73), Llera, Semedo, Racon, Wagstaff, Martin (Reid 73), Doherty, Benson, Anyinsah (Sodje 63). Substitutes not used: Daniels, Abbott, McCormack, Fortune.

Referee: Phil Gibbs

Yellow cards: Goodison (36), Francis (40), Semedo (42), Martin (45+3), Racon (59), Llera (82)

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