Preston North End 2 Charlton Athletic 2
Veteran substitute Graham Alexander's stoppage-time
equaliser denied champions Charlton Athletic a winning end to
their nPower League 1 away campaign at Deepdale.
The 40-year-old midfielder, playing his 1,023rd and
final game of a remarkable career, curled home a sublime
free-kick to earn Preston a draw after they had trailed 2-0.
Addicks manager Chris Powell (pictured) made eight changes to
his side, with Chris Solly, Bradley Pritchard and Leon Cort the
only survivors from the championship-wnning win over Wycombe last
John Sullivan came in goal for Ben Hamer while Danny Hollands
returned after suspension following his red card at Oldham.
Despite all the changes Charlton made a bright start and were
ahead inside 11 minutes as Danny Haynes claimed his first goal for
the club after latching onto a pass from Danny Green.
Dany N'Guessan was only denied by a smart save by the home
keeper on 19 minutes but with 33 minutes played, he doubled
Charlton's lead, snaffling up Craig Morgan's poor back pass by to
claim the fourth goal of his loan spell.
Shortly before the injured Lee Cook gave way to Scott Wagstaff,
Green hit the woodwork from a free-kick, but Charlton remained in
the ascendancy and looked well on the way to their sixth successive
win and 100 points for the season until Preston halved the deficit
12 minutes into the second half.
Former Bolton man Nicky Hunt was their marksman, firing home his
first goal for the Lancashire club after a corner had been headed
into his path 25 yards out.
Sullivan then saved from Hunt as Preston staged a late rally and
when Cort was penalised for a challenge on Chris Holroyd in time
added on the scene was set for Alexander to take centre stage.
The former Burnley man - making his 420th appearance for
Preston, did not disappoint, curling the ball over the wall to
finish his career in fairytale style.
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