Blues Under-23s put in a resilient performance to claim a deserved point away at PDL 2 South leaders Charlton Athletic on Wednesday afternoon.
In a lively encounter at the DGS Marine Stadium, the Addicks took a 34th minute lead through Joe Aribo's header.
But Blues kept themselves in the game and were rewarded with an equaliser from the penalty spot after Beryly Lubala was upended in the box. Charlie Cooper stepped up to take the spot-kick and made no mistake as he fired home down the middle.
Development Squad Coach Richard Beale was pleased with the way his very young side stood up to the challenge of a very good Charlton outfit.
"It was a tough game for us as we had a very young and inexperienced team out," said Beale.
"Charlton are top of their league and had a couple of really experienced players playing.
"I was really pleased with the way we battled and the way the lads kept a good shape and limited Charlton to a few chances.
"Whenever that's the case you remain in the game and we managed to get a penalty and then to see the game out."
Beale continued: "Although Charlton had the better possession and more of then chances I think it was fair result after we'd worked really hard to secure something from it.
"The most pleasing thing about our performance was that it was a game where we had to dig in and people had to get blocks in to stop them scoring.
"It was a really good game and quite open in the end and we had to be resilient and tough to get something out of it.
"It's the side of the game we're trying to get our lads attuned to - a bit more blood and thunder and being able to adapt to play, resilient and tough to get something out of the game.”
Blues Under-23s: Trueman, Baba, Seddon, Martin, Cleary, Cooper, Maxwell, Wes McDonald (Mbunga, 80), Lubala, Matt McDonald (T) (Bailey, 60), Popa.
Subs (not used) Timms, Mulders.