Charlton 1 Birmingham 1
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Matt Holland rescued a late point for Charlton Athletic in a 1-1 draw after Clinton Morrison thought he had won the game with an 84th minute header for Birmingham City.
Both sides failed to create any real clear-cut chances in the game, however the contest erupted in the final ten minutes with Blues thinking they had won the game before The Addicks replied.
The visitors had a scare early doors with both Bryan Hughes and Morrison going down with injuries, however manager Steve Bruce was not forced into any early substitutions.
South African international Shaun Bartlett, who netted The Addicks' winner at Liverpool last week, created an early chance, but his header drifted just wide from Chris Powell's cross.
Blues always looked confident on the ball and Mikael Forssell came close to opening the scoring, but after a swift break from Charlton's corner, the Finn was crowded out in the penalty area.
Claus Jensen was a threat for the visitors, but when well placed outside the area the Dane blazed high and wide leaving Maik Taylor free to watch the shot sail over.
Despite plenty of endeavour, the teams went in at the break all square with neither side really deserving any kind of first half advantage.
Addicks boss Alan Curbishley brought on the inspirational Paolo Di Canio at the break, but not even the eccentric Italian failed to change the tide in the game.
The home side came out with more purpose after the interval, however poor passing and excellent defending from Birmingham kept Alan Curbishley's side at bay.
Taylor was finally forced into a save on the hour mark when Jonatan Johansson seized on Kenny Cunningham's mistake, however he could not beat the Northern Ireland keeper.
Moments later Jonathan Fortune came close with a back-post header, however the tall defender failed to make contact from Jensen's corner.
With neither side looking like scoring Morrison scored a rare goal that had looked set to net Bruce's side a three-point haul.
Charlton responded immediately with Powell breaking down the left before crossing superbly for Holland to head past Taylor.
The visitors could have stolen the win, however Hughes missed a gilt-edged chance with the last kick of the game when in acres of space at the back post.