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The John Smith's Stadium (ATT 11,333) 23rd August 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Huddsf'ld Huddersfield Town vs Charlton Athletic Charlton

Huddsf'ld 1

M Wallace (S/O 45+2)
N Wells (50)

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Charlton 1

I Vetokele (90+2)

Sky Bet Championship: Igor Vetokele strikes late to earn Charlton 1-1 draw at Huddersfield

Last Updated: 24/08/14 11:16pm

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Igor Vetokele (right): Celebrates Charlton's late equaliser at Huddersfield

Igor Vetokele (right): Celebrates Charlton's late equaliser at Huddersfield

Igor Vetokele struck in injury time as Charlton drew 1-1 with 10-man Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium to stay unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship.

It was cruel on Huddersfield, who had defender Murray Wallace controversially sent off in first-half injury time but took the lead in the 50th minute after Nahki Wells tapped in a Tommy Smith cross.

Referee Tim Robinson further angered the home fans for not awarding a late penalty when substitute James Vaughan was felled in the box by Tal Ben Haim.

To add insult to injury, Charlton earned a share of the spoils in the second of five minutes of added time when Vetokele rifled in from close range following Andre Bikey's flick-on from a long ball.

Wells had nearly put Huddersfield in front inside two minutes when stand-in Addicks keeper Nick Pope blundered. Pope, who also made a howler against Derby in midweek, raced out of his box but was beaten by Wells, who had his goal ruled out for a foul.

The goalkeeper was then put in trouble by a back pass after quarter of an hour which Wells latched on to only for Ben Haim make a last-ditch goal-saving tackle.

Pope then denied Lee Peltier and Harry Bunn with good saves before holding onto a fierce drive from Paul Dixon on 31 minutes.

At the other end, Vetokele had a goal ruled out for off-side on 21 minutes before twice going close.

On 33 minutes Johnnie Jackson and Bikey combined to put the striker through and he rounded keeper Alex Smithies but was tackled by Wallace.

A long ball over the top put Vetokele in six minutes later and this time Smithies tipped his powerful drive over for a corner.

Just seconds before Wallace's dismissal, Peltier was booked for a cynical foul on Yoni Buyens after the Charlton player had left him trailing.

Wallace, who had a good game until his dismissal, saw red in first half stoppage time when he brought down Vetokele on the edge of the box.

The Town defender was not the last man as both Smith and Joel Lynch were covering but referee Robinson did not hesitate in producing the red card.

The setback seemed to fire up Huddersfield, who had Charlton on the back foot despite being a man down. Wells scored during a spell of pressure in which Conor Coady also headed just wide from a Harry Bunn cross.

Vaughan forced Pope into a great save on 67 minutes, while at the other end Johann Gudmundsson nearly levelled with low shot which flashed just wide.

The game came to a frantic end-to-end finish, with late goal drama and a loud boos at the end from home fans for the referee.

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Pos Team P Pts
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

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