Fulham manager Chris Coleman was delighted to have “stopped the rot” – but admitted his disappointment at not going on to secure victory.

“Before the game, I am thinking a point is great because it stops that run of three defeats, so on one side of it we have done well, but we could have come away with three points,” said the Welshman, who lost defensive midfielder Phillippe Christanval to a hamstring problem after 35 minutes.

Charlton had the better of the opening exchanges against Fulham, with Dennis Rommedahl smashing the base of the post.

However, Fulham – who had started the night in the relegation zone – grew in confidence and took the lead with a fine strike after 28 minutes from Collins John on his 20th birthday.

The Addicks rallied after the break, and were on level terms just two minutes after the restart through Danny Murphy.

Neither side, though, were able to conjure up a winner, with Fulham skipper Luis Boa Morte slicing a close-range chance wide in stoppage time.

Coleman added: “We just need that ball to bounce for us in the box, or to come off somebody’s backside just to get another three points.

“I genuinely believe we should be higher on performances, but it is not about performances, it is about getting results.”

Zat Knight was once again left out of the Fulham squad, but Coleman insisted it was for nothing other than tactical reasons.

The centre-back had been dropped after he broke a midweek curfew in the build-up to the 3-2 defeat by Manchester United. But Fulham now consider the matter closed.

“I just didn’t want to change the squad,” Coleman insisted. “Zat has just got to wait his chance now.”