City battled to an impressive point at the Valley in appalling weather that threatened to make the game farcical.
In driving rain, occasionally thundery, the two teams managed to make a match of it and both sides had opportunities to win. Ex-Tiger Leon Cort, now with his eighth club, headed a corner wide right on half time to spurn Charlton’s best chance, and then Jay Simpson and Sone Aluko forced a fine double save late on from Addicks keeper Ben Hamer, who had earlier saved from Aluko when the Nigerian was put clean through.
Steve Bruce opted for the same XI that started at Blackburn in midweek but is likely now to ring the changes ahead of Tuesday’s trip to Doncaster Rovers in the second round of the League Cup. City’s next game in the Championship is at home to Bolton Wanderers next Saturday.
This game was the only one in the whole of the four divisions (and you can chuck in the Scottish Premier too, if you like) to finish goalless. Despite this, there will be a detailed and lucid match report later. Oh yes.