Ten man Sunderland were held to a 0-0 draw in what turned out to be a frustrating afternoon at The Valley.
Sunderland dominated the first half and if it wasn’t for their lack of cutting edge in front of goal they would have been comfortably in front at half time.
The second half was a far more cagey affair with Sunderland still looking to play on the front foot, until centre half Tom Flannagan saw red with just under 20 minutes to go.
Charlton pushed for a winner late on, but Lee Burge remained untested and in the Sunderland goal.
Ahead of the game, Phil Parkinson made two changes with Danny Graham coming in for Charlie Wyke and Aiden O’Brien replacing the injured Chris Maguire.
Despite a bright start by Sunderland there was little goalmouth action and it took the visitors until the 21st minute to carve out their first real opportunity.
Lynden Gooch played a great ball into Danny Graham, but he could only hit the ball straight at Ben Amos from point blank range.
The visitors continued to dominate possession and were unfortunate not to go in front on the half hour mark when Bailey Wright’s header was superbly turned around the post by Amos and Tom Flannagan skied his shot well over the crossbar from the resulting corner.
In the closing stages of the half, Sunderland missed a flurry of chances. The first came when the ball broke for Aiden O’Brien on the edge of Charlton’s penalty area, his attempted throughall for Danny Graham was initially intercepted, but the ball eventually found its way to Graham who couldn’t find a way through a sea of bodies and he saw both his efforts blocked.
In the 41st minute, Danny Graham missed a glorious opportunity after Scowen’s ball from the right evaded O’Brien and found its way to the former Blackburn man at the back post, but with the goal at his mercy he could only blaze over from six yards out and the lads went in level at the break.
The second half was much quieter from the visitors and it was Charlton who had an early sight of goal when Alfie Doughty hit a speculative effort well over the crossbar.
Sunderland almost created an opening when Hume found Lynden Gooch on the edge of the area but the American’s strike whizzed just over the bar.
The lads struggled to replicate the swagger of the first half and struggled to break the hosts down as the half wore on.
Things further deteriorated for Sunderland when Tom Flannagan was dismissed for clipping Conor Washington as he bore down on goal.
Despite being a man down, we created the best chance to claim all three points when Gooch and Hume linked up well down the left, but Wyke couldn’t get on the end of Hume’s cut back.
After that the game rather petered out with Sunderland comfortably dealing with Charlton’s late pressure.
Final Score: 0-0
ALS Man of the Match: Bailey Wright