Charlton 1-1 Southend: Ben Reeves rescues point for Addicks
Last Updated: 09/02/19 8:15pm
Ben Reeves' second-half equaliser rescued a point for Charlton at home to 10-man Southend.
The Shrimpers led courtesy of Stephen Humphrys' deflected 22nd-minute shot but were a man down five minutes later as Dru Yearwood was given his marching orders.
Reeves finally made them pay just before the hour with a headed equaliser but the promotion-chasers were forced to settle for a share of the spoils by the resilient visitors.
Mark Marshall's angled drive drew a fine save from visiting keeper Nathan Bishop and Tariq Fosu blazed over after meeting Chris Solly's cross as the Addicks began brightly.
Michael Kightly saw a long-range effort go just over for the visitors and it was they who broke the deadlock midway through the first half.
Humphrys unleashed a 25-yard shot which took a wicked deflection off Naby Sarr before flying past Dillon Phillips.
Southend were reduced to 10 men five minutes later when Yearwood went in late on Jonny Williams, prompting referee Simon Hooper to brandish a straight red card.
Sarr almost made amends for his error with an attempt from outside the box that flew inches over, while Krystian Bielik sent a looping header behind shortly before the break.
Reeves saw an early second-half shot go over the bar, while at the other end Sam Mantom fired just off target in a dangerous Southend counter attack.
The hosts finally made their numerical advantage count just before the hour when Marshall's delivery picked out Reeves, whose glancing header went in via the far post.
Bishop did well to tip behind Bielik's effort and came to the rescue again moments later by thwarting substitute Josh Parker from the resulting corner.
Southend almost restored their lead in the 87th minute when substitute Michael Klass dragged an angled shot agonisingly wide.
Klass forced another stop from Phillips as the Essex side went in search of an unlikely winner.
But it was Charlton who almost sealed the three points in stoppage time as Reeco Hackett-Fairchild placed a header wide.