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Middlesbrough 1-0 Charlton: FLW report as George Saville strike eases pressure on Jonathan Woodgate



Middlesbrough recorded a 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic as their injury-hit side battled and scrapped to victory.

It was a result that eased the pressure on Jonathan Woodgate, while also condemning the Addicks to an eighth game without a win.

The Teessiders made three changes for the clash, with Djed Spence making his league debut for the club.

He joined Hayden Coulson and Adam Clayton in the starting line-up, with Paddy McNair and Lewis Wing missing out.

For the Addicks there was four changes as Joe Ledley made his debut for the club, while Ben Purrington, Jason Pearce and Conor Gallagher also returned.

Middlesbrough made a stunning start to the game as George Saville handed the hosts the lead inside the first minute as he slotted home after latching onto a scuffed effort from Britt Assombalonga.

Jonathan Woodgate’s side looked refreshed after their 4-0 defeat to Leeds United seven days ago, with Djed Spence and Hayden Coulson causing plenty of problems with their tireless running into the final third.

The Teessiders pegged Charlton back into their own half for long spells in the first half and could have doubled their lead through decent chances for Assombalonga and Marcus Tavernier.

Lee Bowyer’s side struggled to get a foothold in the game during the first half, with Gallagher and Ledley trying in vain to break down the Boro defence.

But with Middlesbrough only having a goal to show for their first half dominance it was all to play for in the second period.

Bowyer was looking for a reaction from his team at the break and introduced Albie Morgan and Lyle Taylor in an attempt to put the Teessiders on the back foot.

Charlton certainly looked more assertive on the counter attack in the second half, leading to a much more open game in the second period.

Tavernier had Middlesbrough’s best chance to double the lead but another knock to Assombalonga saw him replaced by Stephen Walker after an hour.

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From that point the Teessiders looked comfortable as they controlled the game and tried to get the crucial goal that would wrap up the points, with Daniel Ayala hitting an effort over the bar from a corner.

Tavernier looked hungry to get the decisive goal as he caused Charlton allsorts of problems, including setting up Ashley Fletcher who forced Dillon Phillips into an excellent save with a curling effort on 80 minutes.

With just five minutes left Stephen Walker had a wonderful chance to make himself a hero, but after doing the hard work of turning Charlton’s defence inside-out he blazed his effort over the bar.

But it wasn’t to matter as the Teessiders saw out the game to the delight of the home fans in attendance.

However for Charlton it is going to be a long drive back to London as they ponder where their next win is coming from.

FULL-TIME: Middlesbrough 1-0 Charlton Athletic

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Article title: Middlesbrough 1-0 Charlton: FLW report as George Saville strike eases pressure on Jonathan Woodgate

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