Goalkeeper Lee Nicholls was Wigan's hero as they battled to a draw at Charlton in the Championship.

The 21-year-old was thrust into a league debut when regular keeper Scott Carson injured an ankle in the warm-up.

Nicholls pulled off a string of fine saves to frustrate the Addicks in the first half, including a spectacular stop from a Richard Wood header.

Wigan went in search of a rare away win after the break only to be denied by the woodwork.

The draw leaves Charlton unbeaten in four but still languishing in 19th, while Wigan rise to 14th with games in hand on their rivals.

Latics keeper Nicholls's only previous appearance for the club came in August in the Capital One Cup, when Manchester City thumped five past him.

But he showed no sign of nerves as he was tested early on.

Bradley Pritchard was twice smartly denied by the debutant, and it should have been third time lucky for the Addicks midfielder on the half-hour but he missed a decent opportunity to put the hosts ahead.

Cameron Stewart jinked his way to the byeline and pulled the ball back for Pritchard, who had a free shot from the penalty spot but sent it over the crossbar.

Things got worse for Charlton moments later when striker Yann Kermorgant suffered a recurrence of the ankle injury that had kept him out for the previous month and limped off.

And Nicholls pulled off another stunning save just before half-time when he clawed out Wood's point-blank header from Dale Stephens' corner.

Wigan, still getting to grips with combining their Thursday Europa League outings with a promotion bid, enjoyed plenty of early possession but too often their final ball was lacking.

Their only opportunity of note in the first half was a header from Grant Holt, which he directed straight at Ben Hamer.

The visitors improved vastly after the break, but not before Nicholls was beaten by a 20-yard rocket from Stephens which fortunately for the youngster flew inches wide of his right-hand post.

Charlton had a huge let-off moments later when Chris McCann met Ben Watson's corner with a powerful header that crashed off the underside of the crossbar and bounced to safety.

Hamer then saved low down from Leon Barnett and Emmerson Boyce volleyed narrowly wide from another Watson corner.

James McCarthy fired over from the edge of the box, Watson shot wastefully wide and Holt's goalbound effort was blocked by Wood, leaving Charlton more grateful for the point by the end.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Charlton Athletic

  • 01 Hamer
  • 23 Wilson
  • 16 Wiggins
  • 24 Cousins (Jackson - 84' )
  • 05 Morrison
  • 15 Wood (Dervite - 57' )
  • 14 Pritchard Booked
  • 08 Stephens
  • 09 Church
  • 18 Kermorgant (Sordell - 36' )
  • 32 Stewart

Substitutes

  • 02 Hughes
  • 03 Evina
  • 04 Jackson
  • 06 Dervite
  • 07 Green
  • 10 Sordell
  • 30 Pope

Wigan Athletic

  • 13 Nicholls
  • 17 Boyce
  • 24 Perch
  • 16 McArthur
  • 06 Rogne
  • 25 Barnett
  • 19 Powell
  • 07 McCann
  • 09 Holt (Fortuné - 76' )
  • 08 Watson (Espinoza - 72' )
  • 11 McClean (McManaman - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Crainey
  • 04 Shotton
  • 14 Jordi Gómez
  • 15 McManaman
  • 18 Espinoza
  • 22 Beausejour
  • 32 Fortuné
Ref: Steve Martin
Att: 23,600

Match Stats

Shots

9 18

On target

3 3

Corners

3 3

Fouls

18 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

90:00 +3:01

Attempt blocked. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc-Antoine Fortuné.

90:00 +2:53

Attempt blocked. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

90:00 +0:11

Thomas Rogne (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:11

Foul by Simon Church (Charlton Athletic).

87:49

Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Roger Espinoza.

86:32

Attempt saved. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roger Espinoza.

86:08

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:08

Foul by Simon Church (Charlton Athletic).

85:14

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:14

Foul by Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic).

83:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Johnnie Jackson replaces Jordan Cousins.

83:20

Offside, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell tries a through ball, but Simon Church is caught offside.

81:20

Hand ball by Simon Church (Charlton Athletic).

80:38

Attempt missed. Roger Espinoza (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Nick Powell.

80:24

Attempt blocked. Cameron Stewart (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

78:44

James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:44

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

77:26 Booking

Booking Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

77:20

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:20

Foul by Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic).

75:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces Grant Holt.

73:04

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:04

Foul by Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic).

72:07

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emmerson Boyce with a cross.

71:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Roger Espinoza replaces Ben Watson.

70:12

Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:12

Foul by Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic).

69:15

Attempt missed. James Perch (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Holt.

68:38

Attempt blocked. Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McManaman.

67:56

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:56

Foul by Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic).

67:08

Attempt missed. Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cameron Stewart with a cross.

65:59

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

65:59

Michael Morrison (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:26

Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:26

Foul by Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic).

65:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Callum McManaman replaces James McClean.

62:33

Foul by James McArthur (Wigan Athletic).

62:33

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:33

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Leon Barnett with a headed pass following a corner.

61:04

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Lawrie Wilson.

61:02

Attempt blocked. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris McCann.

60:08

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

60:08

Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:12

Attempt missed. Ben Watson (Wigan Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

58:35

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:35

Foul by Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic).

57:58

Attempt missed. Simon Church (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Bradley Pritchard with a cross.

57:30

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

57:30

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Dorian Dervite replaces Richard Wood because of an injury.

56:29

Attempt missed. James McArthur (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James McClean.

53:54

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

53:54

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

53:31

Attempt saved. Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Watson.

52:45

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:45

Foul by Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic).

52:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:20

Delay in match Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

51:04

Foul by Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic).

51:04

Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:27

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

48:52

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

48:52

Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:35

Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ben Watson with a cross following a corner.

48:11

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Dale Stephens.

47:18

Attempt missed. Dale Stephens (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Simon Church.

45:57

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:57

Foul by Simon Church (Charlton Athletic).

45:00

Second Half begins Charlton Athletic 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Charlton Athletic 0, Wigan Athletic 0.

44:40

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

44:40

Marvin Sordell (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

42:29

Attempt saved. Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dale Stephens with a cross.

42:12

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Chris McCann.

41:30

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Leon Barnett.

39:42

Offside, Wigan Athletic. Emmerson Boyce tries a through ball, but Grant Holt is caught offside.

35:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Marvin Sordell replaces Yann Kermorgant because of an injury.

35:04

Attempt missed. Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Cameron Stewart.

30:31

Foul by Simon Church (Charlton Athletic).

30:31

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:07

Offside, Wigan Athletic. James McArthur tries a through ball, but Emmerson Boyce is caught offside.

26:07

Foul by Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic).

26:07

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:19

Foul by Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic).

24:19

Leon Barnett (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:51

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

19:07

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Charlton Athletic) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cameron Stewart with a cross.

18:43

Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:43

Foul by Chris McCann (Wigan Athletic).

17:19

Lawrie Wilson (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:19

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

16:28

Attempt saved. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Watson with a cross.

13:58

Attempt saved. Bradley Pritchard (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a headed pass.

10:54

Richard Wood (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:54

Foul by Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic).

9:48

Attempt missed. Grant Holt (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James McClean with a cross.

6:13

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Thomas Rogne.

0:38

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

0:38

James McClean (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Live data and text provided by our data suppliers