Last Updated: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:02
Brighton were made to endure a frustrating night as dogged Charlton held out for a goalless draw at the Amex.
The Seagulls hit the woodwork twice during stoppage time but could not find their way past Chris Powell's hard-working side.
They could have climbed up to fifth with a victory, and thought they had secured one when Vicente rattled the crossbar and Gordon Greer hit a post.
Albion were at least able to maintain their unbeaten home record in 2013 but missed a big chance to open a gap on the chasing play-off pack.
Brighton dominated throughout with and Inigo Calderon missed the best chance of the first half when he turned and fired inches wide from eight yards.
Yet Charlton boast one of the best away records in the Championship and it was soon clear why as they managed to stifle the hosts as the half wore on.
However, that meant they offered little threat in attack with their only goalscoring opportunity coming from Yann Kermorgant's shot which flew over the top.
Brighton into life and they should have opened the scoring on the hour when Vicente got to the byline but Will Buckley headed wastefully wide.
Dale Stephens brought a fine save out of Tomasz Kuszczak with a long-range effort before the assistant referee indicated four minutes of stoppage time.
It was the most dramatic four minutes of the match as Ben Hamer tipped Vicente's shot onto the crossbar, and from the resulting corner Greer's header came back off the inside of the post.
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