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Charlton Athletic manager Jose Riga remains hopeful

19 April 2014

Jose Riga remains confident Charlton Athletic will avoid relegation despite dropping more points in a goalless draw against Bolton Wanderers.

The Addicks created a host of chances only to fluff their lines in front of goal yet again, but Valley boss Riga insisted it was a point gained in their bid to beat the drop.

Riga also felt his side should have been awarded a penalty when Wanderers keeper Adam Bogdan sent Simon Church tumbling in the area, but referee Brendan Malone felt otherwise.

"For me it could be a very important point," said Riga "I think we could have had a penalty, I have looked at it again. Church touched the ball and the keeper kicked his feet. Moments like that can give you a win instead of a draw.

"But to keep clean sheet against a team with one defeat in 12 has a lot of significance. We played a game three days ago and having to play against Bolton is not easy so I am happy with a point.

"We need to win but each point is important. Bolton also had a big chance but we had a penalty we didn't receive.

"We have four games left to play so this point can be very important. I have to be confident we will stay up."

Church, Astrit Ajdarevic and Jon Obika all missed decent chances for the hosts who are now two points clear of the danger line but know south London rivals Millwall will climb above them if they a win at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

In fact they ended up being grateful for their point after Bolton's Neil Danns blazed over from 12 yards and Diego Poyet cleared Matt Mills' powerful header off the line.

Bolton are now unbeaten in their last seven matches and manager Dougie Freedman said: "It was a very resilient and dogged performance.

"Charlton kept going to their credit, they are in a difficult situation and we had to match that. You don't get anything for creating opportunities but we had enough to edge the game.

"In the grand scheme of opportunities it's not a fair result. Dannsy had a great chance, Matt had one cleared off the line, but Charlton to be fair put their bodies on the line."

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