Fan protests failed to distract Charlton Athletic as they beat Aitor Karanka-less Middlesbrough 2-0 at the Valley on Sunday.
An Aitor Karanka-less Middlesbrough side saw their Championship title hopes endure a different blow as they lost 2-0 at lowly Charlton Athletic.
Karanka was not present at the Valley following a furious meeting with Boro’s players right after their defeat to Rotherham United in midweek, with assistant Steve Agnew taking the reins on Sunday.
Far more off-pitch drama ensued in south-east London because the match was delayed by more than three minutes right away after kick-off, with dwelling fans protesting against owner Roland Duchatelet by throwing beachballs onto the pitch.
After play resumed, probabilities had been at a premium at both ends till Charlton took the lead shortly ahead of the hour mark through a strong Jorge Teixeira header.
Unsurprisingly, second-placed Boro responded and applied the stress on the Charlton’s goal, ahead of a poor error from Dael Fry permitted Callum Harriott to seal the points with ten minutes remaining.
Sunday’s other Championship action saw the west Midlands derby in between Wolves and play-off chasing Birmingham City at Molineux finish goalless, although Nottingham Forest opted to sack Dougie Freedman following Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.