Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teen Ace to the Rescue for Boro

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Teen Ace to the Rescue for Boro

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Byline: By Jack Pickering

Teenager Danny Graham saved Boro's skins with his first league goal four minutes from time.

The 19-year-old from Chester-le-Street had been on the pitch four minutes when he headed home Boro's second equaliser from Franck Queudrue's punt forward.

Graham had no opportunity to celebrate because he took a kick in the face from Charlton defender Chris Perry as he headed over goalkeeper Dean Kiely.

In fact Graham finished wearing the shirt of his subbed team mate Szilard Nemeth because there was too much blood on his own shirt.

Blood and guts summed up Boro's second-half performance but they will feel they should have had all three points.

The game started slowly and Boro fell behind after 14 minutes when Matt Holland scored with the help of a deflection.

Boro struggled to make any progress through the visitors' five-man midfield throughout the rest of the half.

The pattern of the game changed early in the second half as Boro pounded the Charlton defence before being rewarded with an equaliser from Chris Riggott.

But Boro were on level terms for minutes before poor defending let in Shaun Bartlett to restore Charlton's lead.

Boro boss Steve McClaren then pitched on strikers Graham and Joseph Job in a last gasp all out assault which produced a second equaliser. As a result Boro hang on to their place in the Premiership's top six which is remarkable considering they have won just one league game this year.

The reasons were plain to see in the opening 45 minutes and McClaren needs to find an answer as to why Boro start games so slowly.

They might have fallen behind after six minutes when Hermann Hreidarsson sent a free header wide from a Holland free kick.

Boro failed to heed the danger signs and went behind eight minutes later when Bartlett nodded the ball down for the on-rushing Holland to hit a shot from the edge of the box.

The ball took a deflection off skipper Gareth Southgate and left goalkeeper Carlo Nash with no chance.

Nash, a late replacement for Mark Schwarzer who was injured in training, had little to do throughout the rest of the half though a great save from Kiely kept Charlton in front two minutes after Holland's goal when he made a brilliant one-handed reflex save from Nemeth. …

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