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Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Boro hold Charlton
Middlesbrough's Boksic (l) challenges Charlton's Fish
Middlesbrough's Boksic (l) challenges Charlton's Fish
Charlton 0-0 Middlesbrough

Charlton and Middlesbrough played out a goalless draw at the Valley to ensure both sides stay in the bottom half of the Premiership.

Charlton had much the better of the first half, but could not turn their possession into points.

The visitors improved after the break and went closest to scoring through Alen Boksic and substitute Carlos Marinelli.

Marinelli rained in a deluge of free-kicks on Dean Kiely in the Charlton goal, but the hosts held on for a point.

Charlton got off to an impressive start, with Sean Bartlett twice going close in the opening half-hour.

At times there were our two strikers against seven of them, and their gameplan was to hit us on the break
Charlton boss Alan Curbishley

After 13 minutes the South African headed over from six yards from Paul Konchesky's corner, and three minutes later Bartlett latched on to a Luke Young cross.

The Charlton striker met the cross on the volley on the edge of the six-yard box, but veteran keeper Mark Crossley turned it round the post.

Midway through the half Crossley had to be alert to keep out a swinging Konchesky corner, before Middlesbrough finally threatened.

Scott Parker fouled Paul Ince and Boksic curled the free kick over the bar from 30 yards.

After 32 minutes the Croatian striker created the best chance of the half, slipping between Mark Fish and Chris Powell before flashing a shot wide of the far post.

Alen Boksic and Paul Konchesky
Boksic takes on Konchesky

The final word of the half went to Charlton, with Konchesky drilling a 25-yard free-kick wide.

The hosts were quickest out of the blocks for the second 45, with Parker drawing a save from Crossley inside the first 60 seconds.

Five minutes later Mark Wilson tried his luck from 25 yards but Kiely was equal to the task.

Jonatan Johansson shot over as Charlton came back at the visitors, before substitute Marinelli marked his arrival on the scene with two efforts in quick succession.

First he curled a free-kick wide and then saw a shot from the left of the area blocked by Young.

On another day we could have scored two or three goals but unfortunately they didn't go in
Boro boss Steve McClaren

Boksic was next to try his luck as Middlesbrough raised their game and began to force Charlton on to the back foot.

Marinelli twice went for goal with free-kicks and tested Kiely with 20 minutes to go, and the Republic of Ireland keeper then saved from Boksic with 10 minutes remaining.

Mark Kinsella could have nicked the points for Charlton with a last-gasp volley, but Crossley was equal to the task.

Charlton: Kiely, Young, Todd, Fish, Powell, Robinson, Kinsella, Parker, Konchesky, Johansson, Bartlett. Subs: Roberts, Euell, Jensen, Peacock, Fortune.

Middlesbrough: Crossley, Stockdale, Southgate, Ehiogu, Gavin, Queudrue, Ince, Wilson, Greening, Nemeth, Boksic. Subs: Russell, Mustoe, Windass, Marinelli, Johnston.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill)

BBC Sport's Eleanor Oldroyd
"Charlton will rue missed chances in the first half"
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