Forest, Fulham miss chance to boost promotion bids

Scott Parker (Getty Images)
Scott Parker (Getty Images)

London - Fulham missed a chance to close the gap on the Championship's top two after a 0-0 draw at Charlton on Wednesday.

Scott Parker's side had lost each of their previous six London derbies on the road and once again they were frustrated by an opponent from the English capital.

Struggling Charlton have won just one of their past 16 matches in the Championship but they battled hard for a result to celebrate the award of a three-year contract to manager Lee Bowyer.

Despite the absences of injured duo Aleksandar Mitrovic and Anthony Knockaert, Fulham had the better of the few chances on offer and Charlton keeper Dillon Phillips had to block an angled shot from Bobby Decordova-Reid.

Sam Baldock's equaliser earned Reading a 1-1 draw against fourth placed Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

It was the same score, and an almost identical plot to when these clubs met 11 days previously in Berkshire, as Forest took the lead late on, only for the visitors to claw themselves level.

Lewis Grabban scored an 80th-minute goal that might have lifted Forest into third place had Sabri Lamouchi's side been able to hold on for the win.

The Royals had other ideas and substitute Baldock pulled them level just three minutes later, to leave Forest frustrated for the second time in just over a week. 

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