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Posted Sat 08 Oct 11 at 16:56 PM

Report: Charlton 1 Tranmere 1

A late penalty cost Tranmere all three points against League 1 leaders Charlton Athletic as the sides drew 1-1 at the Valley. Adam McGurk's first half strike gave Rovers a deserved lead but the spot kick, controversially awarded, rescued a point for the home side against the run of play. Tranmere created the majority of the afternoon's chances and looked confident in possession, but ultimately had to settle for the same result as the two previous seasons' trips to the Addicks. Les Parry made three changes to the side that started in the abandoned match at Accrington Stanley four days earlier, with Dave Raven, Enoch Showunmi and Adam McGurk returning in place of Michael Kay, Mustafa Tiryaki and Zoumana Bakayogo. At the heart of the defence Ian Goodison made his 300th league start for Tranmere. Rovers carved out the game's first chance in the opening 30 seconds, with Lucas Akins firing over the bar from outside the area. Tranmere kept up their early pressure, with Joss Labadie next to try his luck, also missing the target from outside the area after good work from Showunmi. After Charlton failed to test Owain Fon Williams from a corner, a shot from Jose Baxter was blocked at the other end. But the Rovers keeper was called upon on 12 minutes, punching clear Danny Green's dangerous cross after the former Dagenham & Redbridge winger had taken on David Buchanan. Another long range effort from Baxter was saved by Charlton keeper Ben Hamer on 19 minutes while Robbie Weir's attempt was blocked five minutes later. Showunmi sliced a shot wide of the target after good play from Baxter while both Labadie and Showunmi were denied a header on goal as Michael Morrison cleared over his own bar. From the corner that followed Showunmi headed narrowly over the top. Rovers' pressure paid off on 32 minutes with the opening goal. After receiving the ball from Baxter, McGurk sent a shot goalwards from the left side of the area and his effort took a deflection off Chris Solly which sent the ball past Hamer and into the net. Showunmi headed Baxter's cross over the bar on 39 minutes while Rhoys Wiggins sliced a shot wide for Charlton from outside the area moments a few minutes later, the last chance of the half for either side. Penalty appeals from Tranmere were turned down early in the second half as the ball appeared to strike a defender's arm as Rovers pressured. However, the visitors survived a scare on 51 minutes when Raven's clearance struck Ash Taylor in the back and rebounded across goal, forcing Fon Williams to scramble across his line to cover. Charlton were buoyed by the near goal, with Dale Stephens testing Fon Williams from distance, and Bradley Wright-Phillips also trying a long range effort that the Rovers keeper could only parry. McGurk's cross had to be turned out of the path of Showunmi at the far post by Morrison on 58 minutes while Danny Hollands fired wide for the hosts two minutes later. A powerful drive from McGurk went just over the Charlton cross bar on 63 minutes and Baxter sent an effort from a similar position over the bar five minutes later. Rovers' first substitution saw Bakayogo replace Baxter, with McGurk taking up a more central position. But moments later the home side were controversially awarded a penalty with the referee ruling there had been pushing at a corner, when it looked like a couple of Charlton players may have got in each other's way. After a long delay, Johnnie Jackson stepped up to take the spot kick and sent Fon Williams the wrong way to level. After Labadie saw a shot charged down for Rovers, Jackson volleyed over at the other end, while Michael Kay replaced Akins with five minutes remaining. Bakayogo forced a good save out of Hamer on 86 minutes with a long range drive, and as the attacks swung from end to end, Wright-Phillips fired straight at Fon Williams from Jackson's free kick. Tiryaki came on for Showunmi in Tranmere's final change of the afternoon and the striker forced Hamer into action in injury time with an angled shot. Charlton sent a late free kick over the bar while McGurk's long range effort failed to trouble Hamer as the sides picked up a point apiece. Charlton: Hamer, Solly, Wiggins, Taylor, Morrison, Green (Wagstaff 69), Hollands, Stephens, Jackson, Wright-Phillips, Kermorgant. Unused substitutes: Sullivan, Evina, Doherty, Hayes. Tranmere: Fon Williams, Raven, Taylor, Goodison, Buchanan, Weir, Labadie, Akins (Kay 85), Baxter (Bakayogo 76), McGurk, Showunmi (Tiryaki88). Unused substitutes: Coughlin, Power. Referee: Darren Drysdale Yellow cards: Labadie (73), Solly (90+4) Follow Tranmere on Twitter at

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