Middlesbrough remain in a dog fight, says Jonathan Woodgate

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate was keen to keep his feet on the ground after his side defeated Charlton 1-0 at the Valley to climb out of the bottom three.

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate: Out of bottom three.

Boro’s victory, the first since New Year’s Day, took them out of the Championship relegation places, with their opponents replacing them.

Woodgate said: “All results are big at this time. All we do is to look to the next game. Let’s not put points figures on it, and what it takes to stay up - just one game at a time.

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“We’re still in the dog fight, don’t get excited because we’ve won one game. That won’t be happening in the dressing room.

“I’m really pleased. Today I thought we were exceptional at times. We created a lot of opportunities and it could have been more than one goal.

“I asked for more intensity in the second half, I didn’t want us to drop off and we didn’t.

“It’s going to be nervy towards the end, it’s the nature of every league in the world – if you’re winning one-nil with a few minutes to go, tell me a manager who doesn’t get nervous.”

Paddy McNair’s first-half effort when he slotted home past goalkeeper Dillon Phillips after connecting with Rudy Gestede’s pass, proved the difference between the two sides, although Middlesbrough looked the brighter side throughout the game.

Defeat was the third in a row for Charlton, who slip into the bottom three and face a huge game against fellow strugglers Hull City on Saturday.

Charlton Athletic: Phillips, Matthews, Oshilaja, Pearce, Purrington (Hemed 83), Pratley, Green, Cullen, Lapslie (Bonne 46), Jonathan Williams (Doughty 66), Taylor. Unused substitutes: Amos, McGeady, Smith, Davis.

Middlesbrough: Stojanovic, Howson, Shotton, Moukoudi, Johnson, Clayton, McNair (Saville 81), Tavernier (Spence 87), Wing, Coulson, Gestede. Unused substitutes: Assombalonga, Fletcher, Morrison, Nmecha, Pears.

Referee: S Martin (Staffordshire).