Charlton Athletic drew 0-0 with Fulham in the Championship last night.
A bore draw at The Valley. Fulham made the short journey across the capital to face Lee Bowyer’s side, and would’ve left wondering how they did so with just a single point.
Fulham dominated possession with 68% of the ball, and mustered 11 shots on goal compared to Charlton’s four. But Charlton stood firm and held on for a point, which gives them a six-point breach over Barnsley in 22nd.
It would’ve given Bowyer plenty to think about last night, and here’s three things we learned about Charlton after the draw:
Hard to beat
It must be daunting when a team like Fulham come to town. Charlton have struggled throughout the first-half of the season and last night’s result meant they’ve now won just one of their last 18. But Fulham follow in the footsteps of league leaders West Brom who came to The Valley earlier in the month, and were twice pegged back by the Addicks who took a point from that game too.
Charlton, if anything this season, are proving hard to beat. They’ve picked up enough draws in their winless runs to keep them out of the relegation zone, but that won’t last forever. Bowyer will know better than anyone that he soon needs to pick up some wins, and he could use last night as a good starting block.
Effective on the counter
It wasn’t all Fulham last night, Charlton had their chances too. They could easily have knicked a goal and won the game – both Jonny Williams and Alfie Doughty had chances to give their side the lead but neither could convert.
Wasteful as it is, it shows that Charlton are not only hard to beat, but they can also damage the league’s big-hitters too, and Bowyer would’ve left The Valley last night thinking that a point may wasn’t enough for his side.
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Hopefully he can add to his squad over the next week or so and give his team that creative, prolific edge that they lacked last night. If Bowyer can do all that, then his team will be sound.
It’s long been known by Charlton fans, but in Dillon Phillips, they have a quality goalkeeper. The 24-year-old is one of many homegrown players to have represented Charlton this season, but one of the few who’s a regular starter.
He’s in his third full-season with the club and will surpass the 100 game mark in the second-half of this season. He’s been one of his side’s most reliable players throughout the campaign and he showed again last night his value to the side.
Phillips made it look easy. Although Fulham didn’t have too many clear-cut chances, Phillips never looked like being beaten. He definitely looks like he could be at the club for a long time to come and if he continues to impress, Bowyer might have a task on his hands in keeping him at Charlton over the summer.