ADDICKS LACK­ING A CUT­TING EDGE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By George Jones

CHARL­TON head coach Bob Peeters could find lit­tle fault with his side as they did ev­ery­thing but score in their goal­less draw with ten­man Mid­dles­brough.

The stale­mate, the Addicks’ sixth of the sea­son, came clos­est to be­ing de­cided by Fred­eric Bu­lot’s sec­ond-half vol­ley, which struck the post.

The big­gest talk­ing point, how­ever, came when Al­bert Adomah was sent off for two book­ings.

And Peeters, whose side now sit eighth in the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble, was dis­ap­pointed that Charl­ton were un­able to make the most of their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage.

“I thought the ref­eree gave a straight red and I was shout­ing be­cause I thought it was a foul for us,” he said.

“It is the ref­eree’s decision whether it is a yel­low card but first of all he gave the decision against us, and that was when I went a bit angry.

“He apol­o­gised and says ‘Ok, it is a foul for you’ and I was not shout­ing for a card or what­ever, I was just shout­ing for a foul in our favour.

“After the card we pushed a bit more and at the end we played three at the back. We pushed Bikey up front and he nearly set up a goal.

“I’m very happy with the per­for­mance in the sec­ond half be­cause that’s what we were work­ing on.

“We’ve been work­ing on our sec­ond-half per­for­mances be­cause be­fore we were play­ing very well against Wat­ford,Wolves and Rother­ham but lost our leads.

“We pushed them all the way and in the sec­ond half we had a lot of good chances.”

Adomah fired wide for Boro after Pa­trick Bam­ford teed him up, and the winger shot tamely at Stephen Hen­der­son ten min­utes later.

Charl­ton be­gan to build some mo­men­tum after the break, which started with in-form striker Igor Ve­tokele smash­ing into the side net­ting.

Mid­dles­brough wanted Charl­ton re­duced to ten men on 72 min­utes when they be­lieved An­dre Bikey had flung an el­bow into the face of Bam­ford. Ref­eree Gavin Ward gave noth­ing and the Addicks almost took ad­van­tage five min­utes later when Bu­lot con­nected with Rhoys Wig­gins’ cross to vol­ley against the inside of the post.

And Wig­gins was in­volved on 82 min­utes when he was caught late by Adomah, giv­ing ref­eree Ward no choice but to send the winger off for a sec­ond book­able of­fence.

Dimi Kon­stan­topou­los came to Boro’s res­cue in stop­page time as he used his legs to deny Wilson from close range be­fore, from the re­sult­ing cor­ner, George Tu­cud- ean saw a header cleared off the line.

And af­ter­wards the Teesiders’ boss Ai­tor Karanka praised his team’s character, es­pe­cially after play­ing 120 min­utes against Liver­pool in mid­week.

He said: “I can­not un­der­stand our red card, but this is the kind of game that we would have lost in the past from a set piece.

“We were not only phys­i­cally tired, but it af­fected our men­tal­ity. When you play the way that we did at An­field, it is dif­fi­cult to come back in the league.

“Every­body was very ex­cited after our game at An­field and when you are ex­cited then you can lose your con­cen­tra­tion, but we were bril­liant again.

“I told my play­ers after Tues­day that I was very proud of them and I am again. It was dif­fi­cult for us be­cause Charl­ton is a good, un­beaten team and big sides have lost points here. Oth­ers will as well.

“I am very happy with the per­for­mance be­cause I knew how dif­fi­cult this game would be.

“Now we have to keep go­ing in this way and adding more points to our to­tal, start­ing on Tues­day at home against Black­pool.”

PIC­TURES: Paul Den­nis/TGSPHOTO

MARCH­ING OR­DERS: A red card for Mid­dles­brough's Al­bert Adomah

TUSSLE: Pa­trick Bam­ford and Jor­dan Cousins col­lide

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