It was a changed team for Charlton as they faced Boro at the Riverside this afternoon. Church and Watt started up front with Vetokele on the bench. Harriott and Wiggins didn’t travel after being injured in training. Bikey was also relegated to the bench.
Watt advanced well, Buyens put in a cross but Gudmundsson was two yards away. Ben Haim defended well to rescue the situation after a poor ball to Solly. Solly had to clear for a corner after a dangerous ball came in. A free header from Bamford went into the bottom left-hand corner to make it 1-0 to Boro on six minutes. Once again the marking at set pieces was poor.
Solly conceded a corner. This time the free header went over the bar. Good work by Watt led to a Charlton corner on 10 minutes which was unproductive.
A shot from Leadbetter took a deflection for a corner. Charlton tried to counter attack but without success. Direct running from Watt in which he nutmegged two Boro players led to a Charlton corner.
Dmitrovic had to save well from the lively Bamford. Gudmundsson hit the post, but the referee had blown for a foul on Church. Gudmundsson’s effort went two yards over the bar.
Veljkovic went down in pain after a stamp on his shoulder. It may have been dislocated. No card was awarded. Jackson came on.
After a good move down the line, Gudmundsson smashed a powerful strike from outside the area into the top left-hand corner to make it 1-1 on 37 minutes giving a boost to the 240 Addicks who had made the journey.
Boro won a couple of late corners. Dmitrovic punched the ball away.
HT: Boro 1, Addicks
Boro 2-1 went ahead with a tap in just after the break after an initial attempt had ricocheted.
Charlton responded by winning a corner, but it was unproductive. Cousins did have time to put in a shot, but was unable to do so.
Boro put in a spell of pressure and won a corner. Charlton then applied some pressure, but to no effect. Jackson put in a half decent effort.
Church went off and Vetokele came on. Dmitrovic made a good save, although there was a hint of offside. Fox defended well.
Boro made a double substitution. An attempt by Solly went over the bar. A shot by Gudmundsson went wide when there were other players in a better position.
Cousins was clipped and Forshaw got a yellow card. Buyens was taken off and replaced by Lepoint. After a corner, Tomlin made it 3-1 for Boro.
Charlton are now 19th, but six points ahead of Millwall who lost 1-3 at home to Huddersfield.