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The Den (ATT 16,102) 15th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Millwall Millwall vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

Sky Bet Championship: Millwall and Charlton share 0-0 draw at The Den

Last Updated: 15/03/14 6:34pm

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Bradley Pritchard (right): Had a decent chance for Charlton

Bradley Pritchard (right): Had a decent chance for Charlton

Jose Riga's Charlton moved off the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship standings on Saturday with a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Millwall.

For all their endeavour and enthusiasm going forward, the Lions lacked real quality in the final third and failed to capitalise on a spell of late pressure as their winless run at the Den stretched to six games.

For Charlton, it was their second stalemate in just a matter of days - they drew 0-0 against Huddersfield in midweek - offering new boss Riga hope the Addicks can climb clear of danger.

Millwall, who are anxiously looking over their shoulders at the drop zone, had the first chance inside 10 minutes as Simeon Jackson flicked the ball over to Steve Morison and, although his cross was initially cleared, Jackson crossed again only for an oncoming Fred Onyedinma to head wide.

On 15 minutes, Ed Upson was caught in possession and Bradley Pritchard sprung a counter-attack, slipping through Callum Harriott one-on-one but his shot went straight at the goalkeeper as Charlton pressed.

Soon after, Onyedinma found space in behind the midfield and laid the ball off to Jackson but his shot was fired into Ben Hamer's hands as the home side looked more likely to break the deadlock.

Millwall were continuing to dominate and a long ball forward saw Morison display great strength in the box to fend off the Addicks defenders, but his shot on the turn bounced just wide.

Five minutes before the break there was a shaky moment for Charlton as Hamer headed away Morison's through-ball into the path of Onyedinma, but Pritchard defused the danger and nicked the ball away.

A good phase of Charlton pressure was nearly rewarded just minutes before the break as a beautifully weighted pass from Diego Poyet left Millwall goalkeeper David Forde in no-man's land, but Pritchard was unable to make a solid connection.

Charlton nearly got off to a flyer in the second half as Rhoys Wiggins produced an early cross but, despite a good connection from Harriott, his volley flew wide.

Reza Ghoochannejhad nearly made an immediate impact after coming on as Harriott played him through but, after gliding through the box, his shot went straight at the keeper.

On 72 minutes, a corner from Millwall nearly brought the opening goal as Stefan Maierhofer was unmarked but his header sailed over the bar.

Eight minutes later, a surging run forward from Ghoochannejhad won his side a free-kick after a cynical challenge brought him down - but Jackson slipped at the set-piece and his strike hit the wall.

Owen Garvan's free-kick in the 89 minute saw Hamer at full stretch as he clawed the ball over his bar for a corner.

In stoppage time, Millwall had Charlton on the ropes as they continuously struggled to clear the ball but, despite their dominance, the Lions could not make it count.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6