By Alex Stedman – http://theendofthedayfootball.blogspot.co.uk/
Charlton were held to a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park on Saturday. The result meant that the Addicks were without a win in their last three matches, and it left Chris Powell admitting that the pressure on his side is starting to show.
The league leaders got off to a flyer when Darel Russell set Scott Wagstaff away down the right, and his low cross was expertly turned into the top corner by leading goal scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips.
Within seconds they could have made it two as captain Johnnie Jackson took a quick fire kick to Danny Hollands, but his shot was blocked by Sam Slocombe in the Scunthorpe goal.
After coming under pressure from the home side, in particular Mark Duffy, a lack of communication between Michael Morrison and Ben Hamer led to a weak clearance and resulted in Rhoys Wiggins tripping Gary Thompson in the area.
It was left to big man Jon Parkin to pull the home side level from the spot. Parkin has been in terrific from since arriving on loan from Cardiff in January.
In the second period, Scunthorpe sensed that they could get more than just a point from the game. As the visitors began losing the battle in midfield, Andy Barcham was denied by Hamer.
Shortly afterwards, Parkin ballooned the ball over the bar from close range following neat feet and a teasing ball by Duffy.
With Wagstaff fluffing his lines late on, the away side failed to put themselves back in front and had to settle for a point.
The result leaves the South Londoners now ‘only’ nine points ahead of both their Sheffield rivals. With the gap being chipped away as each week goes by, Powell will be hoping that his men can turn in a solid and winning performance at home to Yeovil on Tuesday.