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Last Updated: Sunday, 31 October, 2004, 09:22 GMT
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - Charlton v Middlesbrough
BBC Sport has teamed up with the Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyer's residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them.

Here's a couple of reports from The Valley where Middlesbrough earned a 2-1 win over Charlton.

Daniel McLaughlin

Charlton lost their unbeaten home Premiership record this season going down 2-1 to Middlesbrough. The Addicks have now lost four of their last five games and I have to say looked lacklustre today.

Charlton are an undervalued side who play intelligent attractive football but lack potency. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink got on the end of a chaotic scramble to put Boro ahead.

The equaliser was created by a precise through ball by Jason Euell onto Jonatan Johansson who finished perfectly, rounding Mark Schwarzer to slot it home.

The winner was scored by Boudewijn Zenden who capitalized on a good ball from Mark Viduka. Middlesbrough had less possession but controlled the midfield. They attacked the Charlton end relentlessly and extended their unbeaten run to seven games.

David Dowarris

Charlton never really looked like they were going to win this one. Considering a flurry of potential chances in the opening minutes they were pretty poor for the rest of the first half. Boro on the other hand kept on threatening until they scored.

Stuart Downing crossed low on 20 minutes and Chris Perry attempted to clear. His poor clearance fell to Boudewijn Zenden who crashed in a low shot only for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink to get a touch and send the ball in the direction on the Charlton goal. It deflected off Charlton's El Karkouri putting the visitors ahead.

It took some good goalkeeping from Dean Kiely to keep the hosts in the game.

Charlton tried to get back into the game but seemed to be failing. Hermann Hreidarsson came closest for the Addicks from a 30-yard free-kick but couldn't keep the ball below the cross bar.

The second half started in a very lively fashion with Euell shooting strait at Schwarzer. A minute later Euell again caused trouble in the Boro box. He managed to thread a ball through to Johansson who took on the defence and finished well to bring the score level. From then on Charlton kept trying but came out second best everytime.

The visitors went back ahead when Viduka laid off the ball for Zenden with a lovely reverse ball. He chipped Kiely to make it 2-1.

With Boro playing a big game at Lazio on Thursday, boss Steve McClaren will be a very happy man after this result. As for Alan Curbishley, it's back to the drawing board.

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