Charlton Athletic 2 - 2 Brighton and Hove Albion

Match info: Championship at The Valley

Date: 08/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: D Sheldrake Att: 19,018

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Lawrie Wilson 9
Bradley Pritchard 70



Craig Mackail-Smith 28
Kazenga LuaLua 75

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: December 8 2012, 18:33 GMT

Charlton manager Chris Powell was satisfied his players had given their all despite seeing them pegged back twice in a 2-2 draw with Brighton that marked the 20th anniversary of the Addicks' return to the Valley.

Chris Powell: Brighton draw was 'a point gained'
Chris Powell: Brighton draw was 'a point gained'

Charlton beat Portsmouth 1-0 in their first game following exile back in 1992 but, two decades on, the Addicks could not claim another three points despite leading through Lawrie Wilson and then Bradley Pritchard.

"It's a point gained," Powell said. "It was a terrific 90 minutes. I suppose being 1-0 up and 2-1 up you wonder whether you could have held out but 2-2 was a fair result.

"We celebrated the day in the right way, it was just a shame we couldn't get the three points in the end.

"It was just a shame that the two goals we conceded were a mistake for the first one and a deflection for the second. But that's football and the fans got their money's worth."

Many Charlton fans remember the seasons when they were forced to play at Crystal Palace and West Ham because the board at the time could not afford to bring the Valley up to the required safety standards, and Powell had given his squad a history lesson beforehand.

"It's always wise for my players to know exactly what this club has been through," Powell added.

"It's good for them to know the history and what people fought for when we had to go to Selhurst and Upton Park, and it was fitting that we were playing Brighton because they had been through the same thing as well."

Brighton manager Gus Poyet was not complaining after seeing Craig Mackail-Smith cancel out Charlton's first goal before substitute Kazenga LuaLua made it 2-2 via a deflected free-kick.

"A point is all right," he said. "I'm not saying I'm happy but I will take it.

"Sometimes you need to accept that things happen for a reason, like our second goal. I was absolutely mad about how close the wall was from the wall and we scored.

"Maybe if they had moved the wall three yards back we would have hit it in the stands.

"The only problem we had was that we had to chase the game all the time. When you go down 1-0 you have to chase and you make mistakes.

"Then we scored and it looked like we had the game under control but we made a mistake and had to do it again."

Poyet also revealed he was now back on speaking terms with his teenage son Diego - a youth team player on Charlton's books - after a pre-match domestic squabble.

"He was very nervous," he said. "It was a difficult week for him. The only thing he asked me was 'behave - don't do anything silly, don't get sent off or in any fights'.

"I did my job today and I can go back happy today."

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