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Telegraph/Huw Turbervill - Time running out for Phil Parkinson at Charlton - Charlton Athletic (0) 2 Queens Park Rangers (1) 2
- Phil Parkinson must be wondering what he has to do to win a match. Trailing 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers after a limp first-half display, Charlton produced some of the brightest football they have played under their stand-in manager, with Nicky Bailey twice equalising, but still they came up short.
- To make his mood worse, Parkinson was banished to the stands in injury time by Paul Taylor after imploring the referee to award a penalty for handball.
- It has been three draws and four defeats since Parkinson replaced Alan Pardew, and he has been guaranteed only one more chance by the board, at Sheffield United tomorrow.
- Fail to win that, and Charlton will equal their 1955 club record of 16 games without victory.
- If he can somehow build on the spirit they showed in the second half here, it is not inconceivable Parkinson could stay, but time is running out.
- Charlton had trailed to Lee Cook's neat 18th-minute free-kick. Parkinson's half-time talk perked his side up, however, with Bailey desperate to impress after failing to impose himself in central midfield, and he bravely headed in Lloyd Sam's cross.
- QPR regained the lead against the run of play. Mikele Leigertwood's header found Dexter Blackstock in space and he slotted coolly over Rob Elliott for his 11th goal of the season.
- But Bailey rescued Charlton again after 79 minutes with a diving header after Radek Cerny punched weakly.
- Sam should have won it with five minutes remaining but headed back across goal, and then a few frenzied minutes saw Parkinson sent off. He thought Charlton should have had a penalty for a Kaspars Gorkss handball, but QPR broke and again found space.
- Heidar Helguson's shot hit the post, and although Emmanuel Ledesma absolutely cracked the rebound in, it was disallowed for a Blackstock foul on Martin Cranie.
- Parkinson would not talk about his future, but said: "We were tentative in the first half, playing like a bottom-three team, but we were excellent after the break, more like a top-half side."
- QPR manager Paulo Sousa believes Charlton do not deserve to be in the bottom three: "I remember Charlton in the Premier League. I don't like to see them have such problems," he said.
Match details: Charlton Athletic: Elliot, Cranie, Fortune, Hudson, McEveley, Sam, Semedo (Holland 89), Bailey, Bouazza (Basey 80), Waghorn (Burton 71), Gray.
Subs: Weaver, Shelvey. Booked: McEveley, Cranie, Semedo. Goals: Bailey 49, 79.
QPR: Cerny, Ramage, Hall, Gorkss, Connolly, Leigertwood, Alberti (Ephraim 60), Cook (Ledesma 67), Rowlands, Blackstock, Di Carmine (Helguson 81).
Subs: Mahon, Agyemang. Booked: Alberti, Cook, Connolly. Goals: Cook 18, Blackstock 68Referee: P Taylor (Luton). Telegraph

The Sun/Andrew Dillon - PHIL PARKINSON blotted his CV by getting sent off.
- Now he has just one game left to prove he can handle the pressure as Charlton’s full-time boss.
- The board are set to decide on the new permanent man in the hot-seat at the end of the year.
But Parky will hardly have made them warm to him by losing his cool as Charlton consolidated their worst run of results for 30 years.
They fought back twice to equalise through Nicky Bailey but caretaker coach Parkinson finished the game sitting in the stands for letting rip at referee Paul Taylor.
Parkinson said: “It was the third penalty appeal. I thought it was a handball in the box that we didn’t get.
“I felt we had one in the first half, also from a Hameur Bouazza shot. Normally if three of these happen, you expect to get one.
“In the first half, we weren’t aggressive enough and gave them too much time on the ball.
“We also played like a team in the bottom three in the first half — but in the second like a team in the top half of the table.”
Parkinson missed only the four minutes of second-half injury-time after being ordered to the stands.
And Charlton had just the one decent shout for a penalty in the 88th minute, when Kaspars Gorkss appeared to handle Lloyd Sam’s cross cum shot.
The erratic Addicks have only themselves to blame for not picking up a crucial win.
One point is not going to be enough to save them, however much spirit they showed in fighting back on two occasions.
Alarming lack of organisation in defence helped Lee Cook fire Rangers ahead from an 18th-minute free-kick, with Parkinson’s side enjoying just one decent shot in the opening half.
Rangers were treating the match pretty much like a training session until Bailey headed an equaliser and triggered a fightback.
It lasted until Dexter Blackstock produced a tidy finish to make it 2-1 on 68 minutes, thanks to a mistake by Mark Hudson.
Ex-Southend midfielder Bailey then popped up again to salvage a point with a freak, long-range diving header 10 minutes from time.
Yet it is still a disastrous no win in 15 for sinking Charlton — their worst run for three decades.
In a crazy finale, Rangers sub Heider Helguson hit a post and ref Taylor then stepped in to rule out the ensuing follow-up effort by Emmanuel Ledesma for a foul.
Parkinson has now picked up just three points out of a possible 21 in his seven games in charge.
Perhaps not surprisingly, he refused to discuss his job prospects ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Sheffield United.
Rangers boss Paulo Sousa might have been somewhat disappointed his side did not take all three points.
He said: “We controlled the game and it was a scrap. I think Charlton can stay up and I hope they do. It is a charismatic club.”
SUN STAR MAN NICKY BAILEY (Charlton). Scored two key goals. The Sun

CHARLTON OFFICIAL SITE - Parky encouraged by second-half fightback
- Caretaker boss Phil Parkinson believes Charlton's second-half display at home to Queens Park Rangers showed his side have the courage and commitment to get out of their current predicament.
- The Addicks trailed to ex-loan man Lee Cook's free-kick at the break after a tepid first-half display.
- But they came out fighting for the second period and pulled level when Nicky Bailey beat Radek Cerny to Lloyd Sam's cross to head home.
- A defensive mix-up allowed Dexter Blackstock to put the Hoops back in front, but again Charlton rallied to equalise when Bailey stooped low to head into an empty net after Cerny had failed to deal with a cross.
- Caretaker boss Phil Parkinson believes Charlton's second-half display at home to Queens Park Rangers showed his side have the courage and commitment to get out of their current predicament
There were further chances to win it in a dramatic end to the game, with Sam heading wide and Emmanuel Ledesma seeing an effort disallowed late on.
Parkinson's frustrations boiled over in the dying stages and he was sent to the stands by referee Paul Taylor after Charlton saw a third appeal for handball in the penalty area turned down.
On his dismissal from the dugout, Parkinson said: "It was after the third penalty appeal. I thought it was handball in the box and we didn't get it.
"Normally if three of those happen, you expect to get one of them and I felt the referee should have given us a penalty. He told me he'd disallowed their goal but everyone could see Dexter Blackstock had held Martin Cranie on the floor so I'm not giving him too much credit for that. I felt we should have had a penalty and that's what I was frustrated with.”
On the game itself, Parkinson admitted he had been frustrated with his team's poor first-half performance, continuing: "In the first half I felt we were tentative; we were on the back foot and gave them too much time on the ball and there wasn't a competitive edge about our play.
"We looked like a team in the bottom three but in the second half we looked like a team who were in the top half of the table and we were excellent.
"We did exactly what we'd worked on in training which is switch the play and get two-v-ones down the sides and deliver crossed into the box. The only criticism I would have is that when the ball went in there I didn't feel any of our strikers would get across their marker and get a goal. The one player who did was Nicky Bailey, who scored two goals and capped off a great performance.”
Sam turned in a superb display on the right-hand side of the park but Parkinson called for the midfielder to continue that form over the remainder of the season.
Nicky Bailey heads home the first of his equalising goals
The winger has suffered with inconsistency at times during his career and Parkinson said: "Lloyd was excellent against Derby County and he put in a terrific performance today. He's an exciting player, he can pick a pass in the final third and if you're a full-back you wouldn't want him running at you and twisting and turning and he's made three out of our last four goals.
"Lloyd isn't a young man anymore. He's got a responsibility and he has to turn in these performances week in, week out and there's no reason why he shouldn't. He has to decide where he wants to go in the game; does he want to play at the highest level or drift around and end up in the lower leagues? It could go either way but he's got the ability to play at the highest level, I have absolutely no doubt about it.”
The point keeps Charlton in the bottom three of the Championship, with a tough fixture at Sheffield United awaiting Parkinson's men on Sunday (3pm).
"If we keep playing like we did today in the second half and like we did against Derby then we'll get out of this situation. I thought the character and play was first class,” Parkinson stated.
"Of course we would have liked three points and Lloyd nearly won it with a header but overall I felt there were a lot of positives. Win, lose or draw, you want your players to have a real go.
"I felt we were going to win it. There are bumps and bruises, we've been in battle. We know we've got to turn these draws into wins but if we keep playing like that we will do.”
- QPR boss Paolo Sousa added: "We changed six players today from last Saturday and they answered me well. The team has a lot of quality. It's not easy to come here and win here but we controlled most of the game and the best moments belonged to us.
- "I think Charlton are good enough to get out and I hope they do. They are a charismatic team. I remember watching them in the Premier League and I don't want to see them have these kind of problems. They have the players to be better and I think they will improve
.” Charlton

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