The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

and I’ve told the play­ers that, but I can’t be too hard on them be­cause they’ve been ter­rific for me this year.”

Charlton could hardly have wished for a bet­ter start as Ri­cardo Fuller broke down the left-hand side to en­able Bradley Pritchard to slot home af­ter just 29 sec­onds.

The vis­i­tors dou­bled their ad­van­tage 16 min­utes later, with Yann Ker­mor­gant vol­ley­ing Mark Gower’s free-kick across the face of goal and Rhys Wil­liams di­vert­ing the ball past his own goal­keeper.

Charlton should have had a first-half penalty when Wil­liams fouled Fuller in the box, but the sec­ond-half in­tro­duc­tion of Scott McDon­ald and Em­manuel Ledesma fi­nally woke Mid­dles­brough from their slum­bers.

Marvin Emnes pulled a goal back with 14 min­utes left, touch­ing home Grant Lead­bit­ter’s floated cross at the front post, and af­ter Ja­son Steele saved well from sub­sti­tute Jonathan Obika, the hosts lev­elled in the 87th minute.

Mustapha Carayol de­liv­ered a cor­ner from the left-hand side, and de­spite be­ing one of the small­est play­ers on the pitch, McDon­ald found suf­fi­cient space to nod home.

The goal keeps Mid­dles­brough in 12th po­si­tion, but hav­ing been third at the turn of the year, the North-East­ern­ers have en­dured a cat­a­strophic sec­ond half of the sea­son.

Mow­bray said: “Our stan­dards have got to be a lot higher next sea­son in terms of the way we de­fend and the num­ber of clean sheets that are re­quired.

“We need a strong men­tal­ity and whether we can do that re­mains to be seen at this stage.

“It was our last home game and we wanted to fin­ish strongly, but we started off badly to be two goals be­hind and that leaves you open to crit­i­cism.

“We re­cov­ered to earn a point, but in my opin­ion we should be beat­ing Charlton at home. Thank­fully in the sec­ond half we came back to get a point, yet ul­ti­mately we’re dis­ap­pointed.”

PIC­TURE: Me­dia Im­age

BROTH­ERS IN ARMS: Mid­dles­brough’s Scott McDon­ald, sec­ond left, has just scored the win­ner

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