Charlton Athletic midfielder Pratley comes in for praise after another high-tempo outing

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Lee Bowyer was left hailing the performance of Darren Pratley after Charlton’s 0-0 draw with Fleetwood Town – and reckons the midfielder is showing age is no barrier to energetic displays.

The 33-year-old signed for the Addicks on a free transfer after being released by Bolton Wanderers.

Charlton caretaker boss Bowyer said: “Pratley was outstanding again. He was everywhere again and he is the oldest player out there.

“He covered every blade of grass today. He did on Tuesday and the Saturday before that. He’s the oldest on, it’s wrong isn’t it?

“We need people like that.”

A largely dull stalemate in SE7 was brightened by the return of Igor Vetokele. The striker had been loaned out for the past two seasons but his return to the first-team fold in the current campaign was only delayed by an ankle injury suffered in the opening friendly at Welling United.

“He looked tired and was only on half an hour – he couldn’t even close anyone down,” said Bowyer. “It is great to have him back. He looked good in pre-season. Him and Lyle [Taylor] looked good together but he has been out five or six weeks.”


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