Powell laments missed chances

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Charlton manager Chris Powell was left to rue a series of "what-ifs" after his side twice struck the woodwork in a disappointing goalless draw with Hartlepool.

Addicks striker Bradley Wright-Phillips' chip struck the crossbar in the seventh minute and Hartlepool defender Sam Collins followed suit early in the second half before Federico Bessone's blockbuster cannoned back off the woodwork with 11 minutes left.

"It would have been great if Bradley Wright-Phillips would have been able to finish it," Powell said. "Obviously he hit the bar but I was just willing the boys to get a good result just to round off the season."

He added: "It obviously hasn't gone the way we would have wanted. It wasn't for a want of trying. Federico Bessone hit a rocket shot, which the keeper touched onto the bar, it would have just been a great way to round it off because we know exactly what has happened this season."

Hartlepool caretaker-manager Mick Wadsworth conceded goalscoring had proved his side's biggest problem this season.

He said: "In the first half I thought that Charlton were probably the better team and after the first five or six minutes of the second half I thought we were the better team.

"I thought we did quite well after that. At least there was some spirit in the game. I think both teams did genuinely want to win the game but it probably showed the problems each team has had this season.

"We've certainly had a problem in that front line of not taking chances and not getting enough goals from our front men.

"Our main source of goals have been from the midfield and set plays, so that showed again here. If we were going to score it looked like being from a set play or the consequence of a set play and perhaps Chris Powell feels the same way about what he has identified as Charlton's short comings this season.

"Our chairman and the owners of the club demand that we stay in this league, so they will be delighted I know that we have done, because our resources are not like many other clubs. We've got a fantastic crowd, but it's not very big. They're just a fantastic bunch of people our supporters, they really are and very committed."

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Federico Bessone
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