McNair Gives Boro Vital Win
By Robert Nichols
Sunday 08 Mar 2020 14:20:00
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Paddy McNair's first half finish proved just enough to give Boro a precious 1-0 victory over fellow relegation strugglers Charlton yesterday. It was a tense clash at The Valley which was dominated by the visitors. But McNair apart we failed to convert all our host of chances. That left to a nervy second half but despite 5 minutes added on The Addicks could not find a way to stop us taking 3 points, pushing them down into the bottom 3 and lifting the Boro up to 19th place.

The big news for Boro, going into this 6 pointer, was a change between the sticks with January window signing Dejan Stojanovic replacing Aynsley Pears in goal. In the event Dejan had little to do but was secure enough in everything he did.

Boro made a bright start, cheered on by a big, loud away contingent behind Dejan's goal. It was midway through the first period that Rudy Gestede turned and moved in towards the box from the right pulling the ball back for Paddy McNair who passed it perfectly between keeper and post. It is fair to say that we celebrated to the full.

Boro dominated the first half. Rudy was a handful up front but working the ball with his feet as much as his head. Ryan Shotton won header after header and although booked for a foul on Charlton no.9 Taylor he stood his ground throughout. Taylor would actually get cautioned for an outrageous dive after the break. This was a reflection of the fact that he was continually backing in and holding all game long.

Even after Charlton brought on subs to freshen things up Boro continued to enjoy the majority of the play. Time and again Tav was put through, breaking away. He continued to shoot on sight. At time guilty of not looking for Rudy or other players in the centre. Yet, many of us remember the way he buried a similar chance away at our next opponents Swansea.

Hayden Coulson was also a constant problem for Charlton, blasting away from our half. Paddy McNair looked back to his best, a great sign, driving the ball. Every time Lewis Wing got on the ball there were cries of “shoot, shoot,” from the Boro fans but he wasn't as accurate as usual.

Adam Clayton got through so much hard graft in the middle. He has played a big role in our revival and was central to our finally clinching a 3 point haul.

But we did have to survive one last scare when buoyed up by a hopeful home crowd they headed off target. Phew! What a celebration at the final whistle. A precious win and 3 points for Boro but Charlton pressed down deep into the mire. Now to beat Swansea and record back to back wins. Come On Boro.

Up The Boro

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