Addicks still fighting
Charlton continue to hang on to their Championship status following a goalless draw at Coventry.
Last Updated: 13/04/09 5:37pm
Charlton continue to hang on to their Championship status by the thinnest of threads following a goalless draw at Coventry.
Phil Parkinson's Addicks travelled to the Ricoh Arena with the threat of dropping into English football's third tier for the first time in 29 years hanging over them.
A gritty display in the Midlands saw them earn a point for their efforts, which could have been three, had Nicky Bailey's shot not come back off the post with just a minute remaining.
With four matches left to play Charlton find themselves 12 points from safety and needing a miracle to retain their Championship status.
The point was enough for the Addicks to have a chance of staying in the division as Nottingham Forest - fourth from bottom at the start of the day - drew 0-0 with Sheffield United despite being reduced to 10 men after 16 minutes at Bramall Lane.
Charlton began tentatively before Jonjo Shelvey had an effort chalked off for offside as the visitors had the better of the first half.
City's Michael Doyle headed wide from Isaac Osbourne's cross after six minutes and Kevin Thornton missed a gilt-edged chance four minutes later, shooting straight at Addicks stopper Darren Ward from six yards following Daniel Fox's cross.
Zheng Zhi had a shot blocked before Bailey fired over from the edge of the area and Therry Racon shot wide from long range.
Shelvey, seeking his second goal in three games, put the ball in the net only to see the offside flag raised and Zheng fired over from 20 yards.
Zheng crossed for Shelvey early in the second half, but the 17-year-old had his effort deflected wide.
Ward headed wide from Shelvey's corner before the teenager again threatened, shooting off target from long range.
Freddy Eastwood shot wide from the edge of the box and the striker missed the target from 12 yards.
Shelvey had a shot blocked by Scott Dann before Robert Elliot denied Coventry with a fantastic save from Doyle's 20-yard shot.
Eastwood again failed to test the Charlton stopper with a weak shot from close range following Fox's cross as City again failed to puncture the Charlton defence.
Substitute Darren Ambrose and Lloyd Sam went close before Coventry replacement Ashley Cain had his effort blocked by a last-ditch Mark Hudson challenge.
Hudson headed straight at Kieren Westwood from Bailey's corner and Cain shot wide after running at the visiting defence from his own half.
Bailey almost won it for Charlton, but the midfielder saw his left-foot shot from 12 yards hit the upright.