BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer felt his side were conned out of a point at Sheffield Wednesday after the hosts grabbed an added-time winner.
Referee Oliver Langford awarded a soft free-kick inside the Addicks half for a foul on Owls substitute Atdhe Nuhiu deep into stoppage-time after a scrappy affair at Hillsborough had remained goalless.
The set-piece was floated into the penalty area, where chaos ensued and a Jason Pearce slip presented Steven Fletcher the opportunity to head home and end Wednesday’s seven-game winless run.
“In the end, we’ve been conned,” bemoaned Bowyer.
“I think that is a fair word to use. We’ve been conned. That was not a foul. He’s just given a foul there, I don’t know, the referee just said to me ‘he’s been sandwiched.’ That’s not a rule. We’ve got one player in front and one player behind and that’s a foul. It’s ridiculous.
“It’s cost us a point. A good point. We deserved that point. The players gave everything. To get that taken away from you, in that manner, is wrong.
“They didn’t deserve that. Sheffield Wednesday might argue that they deserved it but I don’t believe so. Lyle [Taylor’s] chance hit the bar. He had another chance that was a great block. We deserved a point. A point would have a fair result.
“I thought we deserved something from the game. First-half, we were sloppy in that final-third but second-half, once we won the ball back, we created them problems. They’re a good side, Sheffield Wednesday.
“To lose to a goal like that, it’s wrong. Dillon [Phillips] made some great saves but that is what he’s there for. He’s been doing that. I’m just gutted for the players and everyone to do with the club because we deserved something from the game.”
The result, coupled with Wigan’s 3-0 triumph at Reading this evening, leaves the Addicks sat four places but only two points above the Championship relegation zone.
“Obviously, there’s pressure,” added Bowyer, with his side now set to stay in Yorkshire until the weekend when they face 19th-placed Huddersfield Town at the John Smiths Stadium.
“There’s pressure on everybody. Like I said at the weekend, nothing has changed for us. We know how many points we have to reach. Nobody gives you anything in this league. You have to earn it. You have to fight for every point. We’ll keep doing that. I have no doubt.”
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