Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Players Show Their Steel Charlton Ath 0 Boro 0

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Players Show Their Steel Charlton Ath 0 Boro 0

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Byline: Eric Paylor

We should have known that this FA Cup sixth round showdown would always end up as a draw.

The inevitable extra fixture to fit into Boro's already chaotic and hectic run-in may as well have been written in stone.

The teams will meet again at the Riverside on April 12 and it seems that Boro can look forward to three games a week forever - but isn't it wonderful?

Steve McClaren's men may have had to work hard and dig deep to keep their heads above water in a difficult first half at The Valley, but the replay was fully deserved in the end and creates another big game to add to the fun.

Bearing in mind Boro's poor home record against Charlton Athletic, reaching the semi-finals will be no easier task at the Riverside than it was in London.

But Boro have nothing to fear from the replay and they should go into the game with their best chance yet of finally overcoming the Addicks this season.

Boro did, however, lead a charmed life in a 30-minute spell in the first half last night with Mark Schwarzer making a trio of fine saves and defensive duo Ugo Ehiogu and Gareth Southgate getting through some mammoth work in front of him.

Schwarzer's best effort came when keeping out a vicious, low free kick from Hermann Hreidarsson, which the keeper must have seen at the last second as it sped through a crowded goalmouth.

The keeper went on to make another fine one-handed save from Hreidarsson, and also kept out a header from Bryan Hughes.

While Schwarzer was man of the match, Ehiogu pushed him close and showed he has taken full advantage of this opportunity to get his feet under the table again.

Last night Ugo bravely battled on underneath a swathe of thick white bandage around his head after being caught by Shaun Bartlett's elbow.

Ehiogu and Southgate dealt well with the ongoing threat from danger man Darren Bent, though the Charlton striker still went closer to scoring than anyone else on the pitch when his only shot at goal clipped the outside of Boro's left-hand post after Schwarzer had saved from Hughes. …

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