Britt and Fletch Boost For Valley 6 Pointer
By Robert Nichols
Friday 06 Mar 2020 10:38:00
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Boro are boosted by the return of both Britt Assombalonga and Ashley Fletcher for the crucial trip to fellow strugglers Charlton at the Valley tomorrow. This means Jonathan Woodgate has more options for his forward line. Can we make it count and take full points? Kick off at The Valley is 3pm.

For all those travelling down to The Valley remember there are no trains at Charlton Station tomorrow so you will need to tube it then bus and walk from North Greenwich. Or MSS suggest

One of the best ways is to get to the stadium is to get the DLR from Bank or Tower Gateway (via Tower Hill tube station) to Greenwich DLR Station. From there get either the 177 / 180 bus towards Thamesmead / Thamesmead East from Greenwich High Road Roan Street (Stop H) and then alight at Woolwich Road Gallions Road. The bus from Greenwich to Charlton takes approx 30 minutes.

Once at the Valley we need the kind of performance that led to us beating Lee Bowyer's side at the Riverside. We have to get back to closing off games and quickly. The performance against Nottm Forest was really encouraging but we still let a lead slip through our fingers and goalmouth. The significance of winning and so also pressing Charlton down can not over emphasised.

A win at The Valley would pile pressure on Charlton as well. They might have new owners but having just escaped from 3rd flight football they will desperate to avoid a return. So, a Boro win will switch pressure from us onto The Addicks. Hopefully, Wigan and or Barnsley find their form grinding to a halt also. A win would also drag Stoke back down into it.

What a difference a win would make. And this has been a happy Valley for us at times in the past. I think back to 4 goals and a victory for Tony Mowbray. Or even further back John Pickering's match where John Hendrie grabbed a hat trick finale to the season.

Will Rudy get a chance to make back to back starts. He scored and held the ball up well on Monday night. He probably deserves another chance to torment the opposition, possibly backed up by Fletcher, adding the legs to Gestede's presence. We need to see Hayden Coulson unleashed at the opposition with Clayton or Saville providing the screen to the back four.

It was good to see Paddy McNair starting to drive at opposition again and we need him to really mount a charge now and end the season as he began it. He was the star player in the first part of the season if he can push on again, with Wingy pinging in the shots on target then we can start and find a winning formula from midfield.

I am feeling more optimistic again after Monday but it is so essential that we press on now and finally make it a winning performance. We simply have to start getting wins. Against struggling Charlton this could be a sea changer.

Come On Boro

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