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The Valley (ATT 16,377) 29th December 2013 - Kick off 15:00

Charlton Charlton Athletic vs Sheffield Wednesday Sheff Wed

Charlton 1

D Stephens (47)

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Sheff Wed 1

C Wickham (59)

Sky Bet Championship: Sheffield Wednesday impress in 1-1 draw at Charlton

Last Updated: 30/12/13 2:21pm

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Connor Wickham: Scores Wednesday's equaliser at The Valley

Connor Wickham: Scores Wednesday's equaliser at The Valley

Sheffield Wednesday remain in the bottom three despite getting a 1-1 draw at Charlton and impressing once more under caretaker manager Stuart Gray.

It was a hard-fought point for Charlton, who confirmed prior to the game they are in takeover talks with Roaland Duchatelet, a Belgian businessman.

The Addicks went ahead three minutes after the break through Dale Stephens - but were pegged back on 59 minutes by Connor Wickham.

For a side which had only won away once all season, Wednesday showed attacking intent with Wickham up front with Chris Maguire.

Wickham, on loan from Sunderland and back in the side after injury, had the first effort on target for Wednesday but the angle was tight and Ben Alnwick took it with ease.

Alnwick took two attempts to gather another effort from Wickham, who escaped the attentions of Cedric Evina.

It was almost third time lucky for Wickham, whose curling free-kick evaded the wall but was kept out by Ben Alnwick.

Play was delayed for a few moments after Stephen McPhail and Yann Kermorgant clashed heads, with the Wednesday defender picking up a booking for the challenge.

Wednesday came close to an opening on the half hour when Roger Johnson hit a looping volley onto the crossbar.

The Addicks had to make do without full-back Rhoys Wiggins, who had missed the match in order to be with his partner, who was giving birth.

Charlton had skipper Johnny Jackson back after injury for the first time in four games and he added steel to the Addicks' midfield.

Kermorgant could have done better with an early second half effort which he hit wide - but the space he was allowed should have alerted Wednesday.

Instead it was exploited moments later as Stephens pounced on a through-ball from Lawrie Wilson. The midfielder steadied himself before planting the ball unchallenged past Chris Kirkland for his third league goal of the campaign.

Wednesday's caretaker manager looked to liven things up with a double substitution, bringing on Jacques Maghoma and Atdhe Nuhiu in the 55th minute.

It worked as Wednesday controversially levelled four minutes later, almost inevitably through Wickham - although there were claims for offside as the striker tapped in from inches out after direct work from Maguire and Kieran Lee.

Wickham also headed powerfully over the bar from a corner and hit another effort wide after being teed up by Lee.

Charlton were left aggrieved when a Cameron Stewart shot was blocked by Kirkland and went behind - but they were denied a corner.

The Owls claimed a penalty when Nuhiu took a tumble in the box but referee Fred Graham was not impressed.

Simon Church had a good opportunity to win the contest for Charlton in time added on - but he fired over the bar unchallenged from 18 yards.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8