Bruce singles out sitter
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Matt Holland levelled the match late on after Clinton Morrison had given Blues the lead after 84 minutes, but Hughes had a chance to steal glory.
The midfielder was on his own with all kinds of time and space at the back post, but with just Dean Kiely to beat he scuffed his shot wide.
"What made it worse was that Hughsey's missed a sitter," said Bruce. "We're quite happy, but we're disappointed as we've taken the lead late on.
"Of all the people you want it to fall to, it is Hughes as he's a good finisher. Charlton will be delighted they have got something from it."
Despite missing the opportunity to cement their chance of a place in Europe, Bruce is happy about the club's position considering it is just their second term in the top-flight.
"We're in there with a shout and chance," he added. "If you'd said that to me (a place in Europe) at the start of the season I'd have taken it.
"We've been hit by injuries and it's cost us. They've put in a high ball and we've not dealt with it. We were rarely in trouble."