Here’s how we rated Charlton’s players in their 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.

Dillon Phillips – 5 – Pulled off a couple of decent saves but they were expected. Boro should have put at least three past him with the number of chances they had.

Adam Matthews – 5 – Hayden Coulson was a constant threat down that right side with his early crosses, which could have been defended better. Coulson faced minimal pressure when launching them in. Was largely uninvolved elsewhere.

Deji Oshilaja – 5 – Had an abysmal start to the game, giving the ball away cheaply and looking lost for the opening goal, but recovered. Made a pair of good blocks.

Jason Pearce – 5 – Ashley Fletcher and Britt Assombalonga made of a nuisance of themselves throughout as a bustling front two. It was perhaps to Pearce and Oshilaja's benefit that the latter went off with an injury part-way through the match.

Ben Purrington – 4 – Djed Spence was the best player on the pitch, by far. Charlton’s left flank was under constant duress from his direct running and, as a consequence, Purrington was hooked at half-time. Replaced with Albie Morgan.

Darren Pratley – 5 – Made a poor challenge on Assombalonga that ended his evening, which he later apologised for.

Conor Gallagher – 5 – Didn’t see the Conor Gallagher we are used to seeing until later into the second half, when he had arguably two Charlton’s best chances of the game – even if they were half-chances.

Joe Ledley – 4 – Despite signing on Friday, Bowyer thought he was ready to start. It was evident from his 45-minute cameo that there is still some way to go. Replaced with Lyle Taylor.

Alfie Doughty – 5 – Tried to get involved in the attack all game but it just wasn’t working for him. Combination play with the front two struggled all afternoon. He’s making a big step up from non-league football.

Macauley Bonne – 4 – Having been on an exceptional run of form recently, this has to be one of his worst games this season. Hold-up play was poor, distribution lacklustre and didn’t register a single shot. Happens every now and again.

Jonathan Leko – 4 – Had more involvement in the game than his forward partner but equally struggled. One of his strongest attributes – running at defenders with speed – was largely stifled.


Lyle Taylor – 5

Albie Morgan – 5