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Molineux Stadium (ATT 22,198) 27th October 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Pawson

Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

Wolves 1

B Sako (12)

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Charlton 1

L Wilson (58)

Wolves made to pay for poor second half as Charlton claim 1-1 draw

Last Updated: 27/10/12 8:24pm

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Lawrie Wilson: Grabbed equaliser

Lawrie Wilson: Grabbed equaliser

Wolves were made to pay the price for another lacklustre second-half performance as Charlton hit back to claim a 1-1 draw at Molineux.

Impressive Frenchman Bakary Sako used his magic left foot to convert his fifth goal of the season in style after 12 minutes to fire Wolves into a fully deserved half-time lead following a dominant opening 45 minutes.

But, as was the case in Tuesday's 2-2 draw at home to Bolton, Wanderers emerged a different proposition after the break and put in a flat performance which was capitalised on by a much-improved Addicks.

Just minutes after Kevin Doyle had seen what would have been a crucial second ruled out for offside, a decision which was marginal, Lawrie Wilson pounced to fire home his first goal since signing in the summer.

Rob Hulse, who played a big part in Charlton's leveller, wasted two glorious chances to head the visitors into the lead but the spoils were shared, leaving Wolves with one win from their last five Championship matches and the Addicks one in their previous six.

Dorian Dervite drilled wide from distance with 11 minutes on the clock before, out of nowhere, Wanderers opened the scoring.

Jermaine Pennant fed a well-paced pass down the line to Kevin Foley and he sent a cross into the area which was expertly finished by the left foot of Sako into the bottom corner.

The hosts stepped it up a gear after the opener and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake came close to connecting with a teasing cross.

The ever-dangerous Sako sent in a crossed free-kick from out wide which brought a punched save out of Ben Hamer, who also comfortably got behind Christophe Berra's long-range effort.

Centre-back partner Roger Johnson blazed over from eight yards before Tongo Doumbia was the latest to test Hamer.

The Addicks finally posed some kind of threat in the 38th minutes as Salim Kerkar curled an effort narrowly wide.

Johnson, looking for his first-ever Wolves goal, again came close with a flicked header before the break.

Charlton emerged brighter at the start of the second half but it was Wolves who had the ball in the net 10 minutes after the restart, only to see Doyle's point-blank effort ruled out for what would have been a marginal offside.

And the decision proved pivotal in the 58th minute as the Addicks levelled.

Hulse saw his initial effort blocked by Ikeme before firing the rebound against a post but Wilson was on hand to convert the subsequent effort into an empty net.

Hulse should have put Charlton into the lead but headed a great chance wide soon after, before his effort forced a parried save from Ikeme.

Sako twice brought solid saves out of Hamer before Hulse wasted a second clear-cut header in the 90th minute with the three points at his mercy.

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1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Middlesbrough 27 50
3 Ipswich Town 27 50
4 Brentford 27 49
5 Derby County 26 48
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 26 37
10 Blackburn Rovers 26 36
11 Birmingham City 26 35
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 26 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 26 30
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 26 26
22 Millwall 26 23
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17