Road to Wembley: Middlesbrough 4 - 2 Charlton
Published Thursday, April 13, 2006 by JamesBB2 | E-mail this post
A day that should have been ours was bitterly ended by defeat. A day that a lot of supporters had been looking forward to since tickets went on sale and I for one was one of those.
The atmosphere was brilliant, the drum rolling, the crowd singing and the fans taking it to the Boro faithful. And so we kicked off with Bent and Bartlett up front, Rommedahl Holland Hughes Kish midfielf, Hreidarsson Perry Spector Powell in defence.
We had two chances in the opening 5 to give us a deserved lead, with Bartlett's low header being tipped around the post by Schwarzer and Darren Bent's low shot once again being saved. Of course this rallied the crowd and we got much louder. Unfortunately minutes later Rochemback took an amazing free kick which went right past Myhre to give Boro the lead. The Charlton keeper should have got something on it. Gutted! But not to worry, a minute later we were equal with Bartlett flicking a ball on to Hughes to slot in! Once again after this we should have gone infront after another amazing save from Schwarzer to deny Darren Bent again.
10 minutes later and gastly defensive errors from us meant Boro went to score again. Our fans just couldn't believe it. You would have thought at half time the lads would have had a talking to and come out with their heads high but no, they played atrociously. It looked like we had no chance when in the 72nd Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink scored again. But minutes later we had scored again, through an own goal from Gareth Southgate. We were back in it, we might just take this to extra time!!
2 minutes later some more shocking defending from the away side and Mark Viduka had scored a 4th and what would be the goal to secure the semis for them. Absolutely Gutted and a long journey home, but up the Addicks.