Powell hails Addicks' resilience

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Charlton manager Chris Powell praised his table-topping side's resilience after they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Tranmere at the Valley.

Results elsewhere saw the Addicks' lead at the top of npower League One cut from five to three points, but it could have been worse had Tranmere held on to the lead provided by Adam McGurk's 33rd-minute opener. Powell's side were handed a lifeline late on when they were awarded a penalty, which was converted in the 80th minute by skipper Johnnie Jackson.

He said: "We remain unbeaten. It was the cliched game of two halves. To be fair they played some decent stuff and what I liked was we showed some character and some resilience in the second period when the pressure was on us, because now a lot of teams will come here, really sit back and look for us to break them down."

He added: "If they can get something on the counter-attack or the break they will do that. Obviously they got that in the first period and really we needed to respond.

"We are going to play teams like Tranmere throughout the season that will come here to be dogged, time waste, a bit niggly and try to frustrate us and frustrate the crowd.

"We had a bit of that but the players showed a bit of patience. The game is over 90 minutes plus so it doesn't matter when you get the penalty."

Rovers manager Parry admitted, like virtually everyone else in the ground, that he was none the wiser as to why referee Darren Drysdale had awarded the penalty, but added he was not entirely surprised by the decision.

Parry explained: "I didn't see it. All I know is our lads said if a penalty was given every time there was that much contact in the area there would be 20 penalties every game. But I didn't see it so I can't slaughter the referee about it.

"I was shouting at him at the end 'just give them a goal and be done with it' because he just kept on giving them free-kicks on the edge of our area.

"So I just thought 'give them a goal, it will make him happy and then at least we all know where we are then'."

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Chris Powell
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