Dean Holden kicked off life as Charlton Athletic manager with a 1-1 draw against Peterborough – and freely conceded afterwards that a sharing of the spoils was about right.
The new Addicks boss had a watching brief for Wednesday’s EFL Cup penalty shootout win over Brighton.
And one of Holden’s big calls for the visit of the Posh was to hand Daniel Kanu his first League One start. It meant that Charlton had two teenagers leading the attack – the pair combining early in the second period for Miles Leaburn to head his sixth goal of the campaign.
But Peterborough hit back to level with the final touch appearing to come off Addicks centre-back Lucas Ness after Jonson Clarke-Harris headed down Joe Ward’s deep corner.
Charlton’s last league win came at Shrewsbury Town on October 22.
Charlton twice had chances to score a second this afternoon. Sean Clare, one of their best performers, broke through but his shot came back off the left upright. And substitute Jesurun Rak-Sakyi put a first-time effort wide after being teed up by Leaburn.
“We score a great goal through Miles – it’s a brilliant ball from Daniel,” said Holden. “Daniel and Miles want to run in behind, I’d hate to play against the two of them.
“First half we didn’t really see the benefit of the two of them together but second half they linked up well and played a little bit closer together.
“Miles’ movement is brilliant – he goes late, rocks the defender and gets across the front of him.
“To concede from the set-piece is really disappointing. Prior to that we’ve had the chance for Sean Clare, he’s run the length of the pitch and done everything but score. It was a big chance for Jes Rak-Sakyi late on.
“They’ve hit the bar a couple of times, the first one was maybe a little bit fortuituous, but the second one he struck it well. Ash has made a big save in the first half as well. Overall it’s probably a fair result.
“There is plenty to work on. We’ve got two big away games coming up now and we’ve got to make sure the recovery is good so that we go there [Oxford United] in good heart on Thursday night.”
PICTURE: KEITH GILLARD
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