Both Charlton and West Brom came away from their Premiership clash at the Valley unbeaten but dissatisfied with the outcome.
In a closely fought 0:0 draw, the home side missed the opportunity to further their revival and enter the top half of the Premiership while West Brom, despite gaining a point, stay a perilous four points and one place above the relegation zone they so narrowly avoided last season.
The Addicks had come into the clash breathing more easily on a back of one loss in their last six following their miserable autumn while West Brom had more need of points, with their confidence freshly wounded by giving 3 pts to the hapless Pkv Sunderland in their last game at the Hawthorns.
The first stirrings on a freezing night in South East London came with speculative 35 yard efforts from Junichi Inamoto and Hermain Hreidarsson in the 6th and 7th minutes.
Charlton edged nearer to the scoresheet in the 11th minute when Marcus Bent set up Darren Ambrose for a shot from the edge of the D that Tomasz Kuszczak caught.
Then four minutes later Darren Ambrose curled over a free kick from the left that missed a host of his teammates by only inches to the howls of the home fans.
Alan Curbushley’s side might have been favourites going into the game but in the opening spell struggled to put three passes together and there was a dearth of final balls for the two Bents upfront, who despite sharing the same name and having played together at Ipswich Town, seemed to have some way to go in terms of developing an understanding, Marcus often flicking on while Darren ran in the opposite direction.
West Brom seemed a little overawed although Jonathan Greening did fire a warning sign across Charlton’s bows in the 25th minute when Thomas Myhre tipped his long range effort away for a corner.
Around the half hour mark Charlton roared back into life with a trio of chances over a four minute spell, the first arriving in the 28th minute when Darren Bent muscled past center back Curtis Davies in search of a loose ball and steered his shot narrowly wide of the goal.
Two minutes later the corner flag became Charlton’s 12th man providing a fortuitous assist for Darren Bent to create another scoring opportunity.
The Charlton striker chased a misplaced through ball into the corner but as Davies obstructed him and tried to let it run out of play, the ball rebounded off the flagpole allowing Bent to charge in on goal and pull the trigger, Kuszczak stopping a goal with his legs.
Lastly Alexi Smertin made a 20 yard diagonal run clear of Inamoto but his aim was two yards off target.
Five minutes before the interval West Brom were cursing their luck as the enterprising Jonathan Greening out on the left whipped in a dangerous diagonal pass to …