Report: Charlton 0 Blackpool 0
Blackpool's long run without a victory at The Valley continued, with The Seasiders left to settle for a point against Charlton Athletic.
In a game of very few clear opportunities, the final game before the international break ended in a stalemate and Blackpool's fourth consecutive draw.
Manager Paul Ince made just the one change to the side that drew with Bolton Wanderers in midweek, with Neal Bishop taking the place of Bobby Grant. In a slight defensive switch, Craig Cathcart started at right-back to allow Kirk Broadfoot to move inside. Dan Gosling, who signed for The Seasiders on Friday, was named on the bench.
Charlton went close inside the first two minutes, with Dale Stephens' free-kick curled around the wall and just over the bar. The midfielder had another effort moments later, this time in open play from 25-yards but with the same outcome. Thomas Ince came within a whisker of connecting with a Stephen Dobbie through-ball at the other end.
Stephen Dobbie then had a chance of his own on 21 minutes, hitting an effort on the half-volley over the bar. Thomas Ince, looking to find space, cut inside moments later and saw a strike deflect onto the roof of the net.
Jack Robinson's marauding runs down the left looked Blackpool's best outlet in the first 30 minutes, with the on-loan Liverpool man even going close to registering an effort on target when sliding in at the back post.
The first yellow card of the afternoon went to Kirk Broadfoot for what the referee deemed as his third foul of the game.
As the half-time whistle approached, a super save from Ben Hamer denied Ricardo Fuller from heading Blackpool in front against his former side.
Half-time: Charlton Athletic 0 Blackpool 0
Neither manager opted to change things at the interval so it was left to the players on the field to try and break the deadlock. A foul on Ricardo Fuller just four minutes in presented Thomas Ince with an opportunity from a free-kick. The winger stepped up and saw his effort deflect just wide of the post.
Charlton manager Chris Powell was the first to twist with his selection, introducing Bradley Pritchard in place of Mark Gower. Blackpool kept things as you were and threatened when Thomas Ince dropped a cross onto the head of Ricardo Fuller. Unfortunately the referee blew for a foul when Kirk Broadfoot tried to get on the end of his flick-on.
A bit of sustained pressure from the home side followed, yet consecutive set-play opportunities failed to create any sort of attacking opportunity. Having scored just three goals in their previous five fixtures at The Valley, The Addicks needed to make the most of any chances presented. Jordan Cousins almost did just that however, forcing Matt Gilks down low to parry away his rasping drive.
The 74th minute saw Blackpool finally opt to change things, with Dan Gosling handed a debut in place of Isaiah Osbourne. The home side responded by throwing on Cameron Stewart.
A frustrated tackle from Thomas Ince resulted in him seeing a yellow card minutes later for a foul on Pritchard. A neat bit of footwork from Ince then led to Gosling firing wide. Steven Davies was then called upon from the bench to replace Ricardo Fuller for the final 10 minutes. Tom Barkhuizen soon followed in the place of Stephen Dobbie.
The ball broke to Thomas Ince on the right with just a minute of normal time remaining but the winger dragged his effort wide, leaving Blackpool to settle for a point.
Full-time: Charlton 0 Blackpool 0