Jutkiewicz winner gives Boro much-needed three points

First published in Football The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Football/Golf Writer

Full-time: Charlton 0 Middlesbrough 1

TONY MOWBRAY had a win to savour at The Valley when Lukas Jutkiewicz nodded in the only goal of the game to defeat Charlton Athletic.

After two successive defeats to start the new campaign, Boro delivered a solid performance from start to finish to lay the foundations for the winning goal 18 minutes before the end.

It meant Middlesbrough, who included lively £1m new-boy Albert Adomah on the right and fellow debutant Frazer Richardson, could enjoy their first competitive win since April to bring a few smiles back to the Teessiders.

Middlesbrough's problems against Accrington and Leicester in the last two matches have been put down to a lack of attacking threat.

And the search continues for a new striker after having an initial offer for Leeds' Ross McCormack rejected.

But there was plenty of encouraging play at The Valley, where on loan Hungarian Jozsef Varga shone in the middle with Grant Leadbitter.

With the exception of a distance drive from Varga inside two minutes which was held by goalkeeper Ben Hamer, Charlton controlled Jutkiewcz relatively comfortably.

But, after a couple of scares to Jason Steele's goal in the second half, the former Coventry striker grabbed the game's elusive goal to seal the points for Boro.

When Leadbitter's corner was floated in, Hamer misjudged it. Varga headed back in to the area and Jutkiewicz was the only one in a crowded box to get a decent touch and head over the unguarded net's line.

Despite Steele's enforced withdrawal through injury – closely followed by Leadbitter – Middlesbrough held on to a much-needed and spirited three points.

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11:52pm Sat 10 Aug 13

Dukes says...

Great to come back with vital 3 points.
Great to come back with vital 3 points. Dukes
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12:06pm Sun 11 Aug 13

since 1967 says...

Completely different to how Alastair and maddo described it, but who cares
Completely different to how Alastair and maddo described it, but who cares since 1967
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10:38am Tue 13 Aug 13

Don Hughes says...

A bit puzzling this one, Mowbray seems really keen on McCormack, but no way could he be called a prolific goal scorer, he's around 5 or so a season....not as many as Emnes, who I think has been very unsettled at the Boro since he was on loan to Swansea.
Curtis Main would probably net a fair amount if he was given a decent run.
A bit puzzling this one, Mowbray seems really keen on McCormack, but no way could he be called a prolific goal scorer, he's around 5 or so a season....not as many as Emnes, who I think has been very unsettled at the Boro since he was on loan to Swansea. Curtis Main would probably net a fair amount if he was given a decent run. Don Hughes
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