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Middlesbrough 3-0 Charlton Athletic

David Nugent (left)
David Nugent has now scored four times since joining Boro from Leicester in the summer

Goals from David Nugent, Albert Adomah and Daniel Ayala gave Middlesbrough victory as interim Charlton boss Karel Fraeye began his reign with a loss.

Boro dominated from the start but it took until the second half for them to break the deadlock.

The hosts finally took the lead on the hour mark when Nugent poked home from inside the six-yard box.

Adomah then found the net with a deflected shot from outside the box before Ayala headed in a third.

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Fraeye on Middlesbrough v Charlton

Victory means fourth-placed Boro keep up the pressure on the top three in a week when they have also progressed to the League Cup quarter-finals by beating Manchester United on penalties.

Having been told by United boss Louis Van Gaal that their midweek victory was lucky, that certainly was not the case against a Charlton side that offered little in terms of attacking threat.

Stewart Downing fired over for the hosts early on and Adomah sent a shot just wide, before Diego Fabbrini saw one attempt saved and another go narrowly over, as Boro dominated the first half.

They continued to press after the break, with Fernando Amorebieta seeing an attempt saved by Stephen Henderson and Downing's strike deflected into the side netting.

But Aitor Karanka's men finally took the lead when Nugent pounced on Chris Solly's poorly executed defensive header and, after Zuculini struck the post from 25 yards, Adomah then cut inside from the right before seeing his left-footed strike loop into the net.

Substitute Reza Ghoochannejhad then forced a save out of Dimitrios Konstantopoulos at the other end, but the hosts soon added a third when Ayala headed Nugent's flick-on past Henderson.

The win means Boro have now won seven and drawn two of their last nine games against Charlton who, having sacked head coach Guy Luzon last week, have now lost four games in a row including three consecutive 3-0 defeats.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"I said yesterday that it wasn't going to be an easy game because it is difficult to play Manchester United on Wednesday and then play here.

"I thought the first goal was the key. When we scored the game became much easier. It was almost perfect.

"You can always improve but it's difficult to find a fault. We've won, had a clean sheet and didn't pick up injuries or suspensions."

Charlton interim manager Karel Fraeye:

"If it was easy to restore confidence we would not be in this situation. I would agree that it will be a difficult job.

"It's obvious that we have to be more confident on the ball. That was very clear in the first half. We felt we could get a result if we improved in those areas.

"We were irritating them at 0-0 and they had some difficulties with our organisation. They really deserved to win. We competed with them for one hour and afterwards had some difficulties."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 24Nsue
  • 4AyalaSubstituted forStephensat 79'minutes
  • 6Gibson
  • 5Amorebieta
  • 8Clayton
  • 36Zuculini
  • 27Adomah
  • 31FabbriniSubstituted forKikeat 82'minutes
  • 19DowningSubstituted forDe Penaat 80'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 35Nugent

Substitutes

  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 9Kike
  • 10De Pena
  • 13Mejias
  • 16Stephens
  • 26Kalas

Charlton

  • 1Henderson
  • 20SollyBooked at 88mins
  • 12DiarraBooked at 64mins
  • 5BauerBooked at 76mins
  • 21Fox
  • 22BaBooked at 53minsSubstituted forGhoochannejhadat 69'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 7Berg Gudmundsson
  • 4Jackson
  • 8Cousins
  • 18Ahearne-GrantSubstituted forMoussaat 79'minutes
  • 9MakienokSubstituted forWattat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Sarr
  • 16Ghoochannejhad
  • 19Bergdich
  • 28McAleny
  • 30Pope
  • 32Watt
  • 44Moussa
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
20,943

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home74%
Away26%
Shots
Home26
Away5
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home15
Away2
Fouls
Home3
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Charlton Athletic 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic).

  4. Post update

    Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Johnnie Jackson (Charlton Athletic).

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Johann Berg Gudmundsson (Charlton Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tony Watt.

  7. Booking

    Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Fernando Amorebieta (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton Athletic).

  10. Booking

    Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Carlos De Pena (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic).

  13. Booking

    Carlos De Pena (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Carlos De Pena (Middlesbrough).

  15. Post update

    Chris Solly (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kike (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Carlos De Pena.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kike replaces Diego Fabbrini.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emilio Nsue Lopez.

  20. Post update

    Carlos De Pena (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brighton148601911830
2Hull148422181328
3Burnley148422013728
4Middlesbrough148332391427
5Derby1476121101127
6Birmingham147341915424
7Reading146532113823
8Sheff Wed146531916323
9Cardiff145721511422
10Fulham145542620620
11Brentford146262020020
12QPR145452223-119
13Wolves145362020018
14Ipswich144641621-518
15Blackburn143651414015
16Huddersfield143561418-414
17Nottm Forest143561115-414
18Preston142751013-313
19Leeds142751219-713
20MK Dons143291221-911
21Bristol City142571626-1011
22Bolton141761020-1010
23Charlton142481124-1310
24Rotherham142391527-129
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