Middlesbrough 1 Charlton Athletic 0
That was about as far removed from a Lee Bowyer’s team performance as possible. It was awful, and my heart goes out to the brave 500 or so Addicks who wasted a day if not longer going up there to watch it. Including Matt Southall. Legends all.
I’m ignoring injuries, because we have to stop banging on about it but we have gone from a team that was scaring everybody to being scared of our own shadow. No confidence, nothing going forward, indecisive in possession, a muddled formation shape and poor defensively – it was another crap goal to concede yesterday.
The first half was abysmal, the second only slightly better and 70 minutes before we had a shot and 85 when Morgan nearly grabbed us a much underserved point.
The only positive was Taylor getting 45 minutes into his legs and Albie’s 2nd half performance. Also, the fact that Boro themselves weren’t great, they should’ve been out of sight before Morgan’s late effort. Others below us and around us are certainly beatable. We just need to work out how to win again.
A big 7 days ahead.
Addicks at the Riverside:
Bow: “It wasn’t good enough. From start to finish they were better than us. Defensively I thought we weren’t physical enough. I thought their two strikers run us ragged at times. Too many crosses came into the box and we just didn’t have that fight. It wasn’t just one or two, it was the whole lot.”
Elsewhere: I’m looking below us and Barnsley were leading 2-1 but lost 3-2 at Cardiff, likewise Wigan threw away a lead at Luton who scored twice in the final minutes to claim a vital 3 points. Stoke were also ahead at Hull yet lost 2-1, Reading lost 3-2 at home to Birmingham, Joao with a late winner and Leeds comfortably saw off Huddersfield in the early game 2-0.