Substitute Tommy Smith salvaged a point for Brentford as the Bees marked their first appearance in the second tier since 1993 with a hard-earned draw against Charlton.

Igor Vetokele, who joined the Addicks from FC Copenhagen in the summer, headed his side ahead at Griffin Park.

George Țucudean and substitute Callum Harriott wasted chances for Charlton.

And they were made to pay as Smith's late deflected shot ensured Brentford a share of the spoils.

Opening day draw specialists

This is the third successive season that Brentford have started the campaign with a draw.

England manager Roy Hodgson was in the crowd at Griffin Park as was Football Association chairman Greg Dyke, the former Brentford chairman. And they witnessed a hard-fought London derby.

Brentford, who secured automatic promotion from League One in April, did not look overawed as they started brightly against opponents who struggled in the Championship last season.

Midfielder Alex Pritchard, on loan from Tottenham, went close from 20 yards in the opening stages before Judge forced Addicks keeper Henderson into a fine 40th-minute save.

Charlton manager Bob Peeters

Charlton manager Bob Peeters, who was capped 13 times by Belgium, had a two-year spell as a player at Millwall between 2003 and 2005

But Charlton created the better chances and will likely rue those missed opportunities.

With the game goalless, Țucudean was clean through but Bees keeper David Button stood his ground to make a fine save.

Charlton, in their first competitive match under manager Bob Peeters, took the lead when Vetokele struck from a corner shortly after the 22-year-old had been denied by Button.

But Brentford responded well and former Cardiff man Smith equalised with a shot that hit Charlton's former Chelsea and Manchester City defender Tal Ben Haim before finding the net.

Brentford boss Mark Warburton:

"In the first 15 minutes I thought we were very bright but after that I didn't think we did what we do well.

"We've got a lot of young players who will find their feet, but when you start a new job and move up you have to adapt to your new environment quickly because no allowances will be given."

"As the game went on there were too many gaps between our units and their two big, experienced centre halves relished the physical game we got lured into."

Charlton boss Bob Peeters:

"We have created four clear chances so it's disappointing not to leave with more than a point, but I suppose at the start of the day a point away from home is a positive.

"I was delighted with the new boys Vetokele and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who both settled in and adapted well."

Brentford's Jonathan Douglas goes close.

Brentford's last second tier win was against Barnsley on 1 May 1993

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Charlton goalscorer Igor Vetokele (left) helped FC Copenhagen win the Danish League in 2012-13

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 12 McCormack
  • 26 Tarkowski
  • 05 Craig
  • 03 Bidwell
  • 08 Douglas Booked
  • 10 Odubajo (Tebar - 45' )
  • 21 Pritchard (Smith - 79' )
  • 18 Judge
  • 15 Dallas
  • 19 Gray (Proschwitz - 67' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 06 Dean
  • 14 Tebar
  • 24 Smith
  • 28 Yennaris
  • 33 Moore
  • 39 Proschwitz

Charlton Athletic

  • 01 Henderson
  • 20 Solly
  • 26 Ben Haim
  • 06 Bikey Amougou
  • 16 Wiggins
  • 07 Berg Gudmundsson (Fox - 92' )
  • 17 Buyens Booked
  • 04 Jackson
  • 24 Cousins (Moussa - 92' )
  • 29 Tucudean (Harriott - 63' )
  • 14 Vetokele

Substitutes

  • 02 Wilson
  • 05 Morrison
  • 10 Moussa
  • 11 Harriott
  • 21 Fox
  • 23 Pigott
  • 30 Pope
Ref: James Adcock
Att: 9,690

Match Stats

Shots

13 13

On target

4 4

Corners

11 5

Fouls

3 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Brentford 1, Charlton Athletic 1.

90:00 +3:39 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Brentford 1, Charlton Athletic 1.

90:00 +2:41

James Tarkowski (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:41

Foul by Morgan Fox (Charlton Athletic).

90:00 +2:10

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Tarkowski following a corner.

90:00 +1:51

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by André Bikey.

90:00 +1:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Franck Moussa replaces Jordan Cousins.

90:00 +1:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Morgan Fox replaces Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

89:57 Booking

Booking Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:35

Foul by Jonathan Douglas (Brentford).

89:35

André Bikey (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:35

Alan Judge (Brentford) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

87:41

Nick Proschwitz (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:41

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

86:28

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Solly.

86:01

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

85:39

Delay in match (Brentford).

84:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 1, Charlton Athletic 1. Tommy Smith (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan McCormack with a cross.

82:59

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Alan McCormack.

82:53

Attempt blocked. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yoni Buyens.

81:39

Attempt missed. Alan Judge (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross.

79:39

Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

78:17

Foul by James Tarkowski (Brentford).

78:17

Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Tommy Smith replaces Alex Pritchard.

77:31

Attempt missed. James Tarkowski (Brentford) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Pritchard with a cross following a corner.

77:00

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Johnnie Jackson.

76:36

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by André Bikey.

76:33

Attempt blocked. Nick Proschwitz (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

73:36

Attempt missed. Tony Craig (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross following a corner.

73:18

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

72:22

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:22

Foul by Callum Harriott (Charlton Athletic).

70:16

Alan Judge (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:16

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

68:01

Attempt missed. Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson.

67:00

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Solly.

66:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Nick Proschwitz replaces Andre Gray.

64:45

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:45

Foul by Tal Ben Haim (Charlton Athletic).

63:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Brentford 0, Charlton Athletic 1. Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Johnnie Jackson with a cross following a corner.

62:37

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by James Tarkowski.

62:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Callum Harriott replaces George Tucudean.

60:44

Attempt blocked. Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Cousins.

60:01

Attempt saved. Andre Gray (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

56:58

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:58

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

55:41

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Solly.

54:02

Attempt missed. George Tucudean (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

54:00

Attempt saved. Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Solly with a cross.

52:36

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Stuart Dallas.

52:27

Attempt blocked. Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

51:56

Attempt saved. Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by George Tucudean.

51:13

Attempt missed. Andre Gray (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Tarkowski.

50:21

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:21

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

47:08

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Tony Craig.

45:00

Second Half begins Brentford 0, Charlton Athletic 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Marcos Tébar replaces Moses Odubajo.

45:00 +2:59 Half time

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

45:00 +1:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +1:07

Delay in match Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

44:22

Attempt blocked. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:33

Delay in match George Tucudean (Charlton Athletic) because of an injury.

38:03

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Stephen Henderson.

38:01

Attempt saved. Alan Judge (Brentford) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jake Bidwell.

35:38

David Button (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:38

Foul by Igor Vetokele (Charlton Athletic).

31:30 Booking

Booking Yoni Buyens (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:15

Alex Pritchard (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

31:15

Foul by Yoni Buyens (Charlton Athletic).

29:15

Attempt missed. Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

28:13

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Rhoys Wiggins.

27:48

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:48

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

25:28

Jonathan Douglas (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:28

Foul by Jordan Cousins (Charlton Athletic).

22:50

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Tony Craig.

22:04

Attempt saved. George Tucudean (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Johann Berg Gudmundsson with a through ball.

21:15

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by André Bikey.

20:47

Attempt blocked. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

19:10

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

19:10

George Tucudean (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:33

Attempt saved. Moses Odubajo (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Pritchard.

17:31

Offside, Charlton Athletic. André Bikey tries a through ball, but Johnnie Jackson is caught offside.

16:41

Moses Odubajo (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:41

Foul by Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic).

15:46

Offside, Brentford. Alex Pritchard tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

12:55

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Tal Ben Haim.

10:21

Offside, Brentford. James Tarkowski tries a through ball, but Andre Gray is caught offside.

10:05

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

10:05

Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

8:02

Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moses Odubajo.

6:26

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Judge.

2:18

Attempt blocked. Stuart Dallas (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Gray with a cross.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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