Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: Lincoln defeat shows why I’m pushing to bring striker in

Lee Bowyer was critical of his side’s finishing in today’s 2-0 loss at Lincoln City – and reckons it underlines why he has made signing a striker a top priority.

The Addicks are able to make additions now that Thomas Sandgaard has taken control of the club at the end of last week.

Charlton got into some excellent positions against the Imps but only produced one shot on target.

Lincoln’s opening goal saw Bowyer and his players confront referee Marc Edwards. Jorge Grant looked to be offside as he tucked the ball away after Tom Hopper’s penalty was saved by the legs of Ben Amos.

Bowyer said: “We need to bring in a striker who is going to take them chances we’re creating. We can’t keep doing that – missing chance after chance after chance. We need someone who is going to finish.

“We had someone here and he went back home because things changed in the middle of the week. But now I hope to get that back going [after Sandgaard’s appointment] and get him back into the building next week.

“I’ve just said to the players there that I’ve got to try and take some positives from that. It’s not the result we want.

“We were by far the better team – but if you don’t do the right things in both boxes correctly then you’re going to lose the game. We should have been two, three up easily before they got that penalty.

“Okay the first goal should never have been a goal – he’s miles offside. Maybe the game has changed but some of those decisions I’m seeing out there today are unbelievable.

“But they are not at fault, the officials, for what we do in the opposition box. How have we not scored a goal again today? For as long as that keeps happening you’re not going to win games – it’s plain and simple.

“We keep missing chance after chance, then they go and get a penalty and go in 1-0 up when they shouldn’t be. We were the better side second half but again we’re getting into these great areas – it’s not like we aren’t picking the right pass, we are, but then we’re not finishing.

‘I keep working on finishing a lot but then when it comes to games we need that same coolness and we didn’t have it.

“Dylan’s first proper league game, there was a lot to be happy with his performance – his range of passing. Akin [Famewo] playing centre-half – he hasn’t played any minutes.

“Like I said before we’ll get stronger and stronger as we go along.

“We got from box to box very, very well. But you can’t keep missing chances.”

PHOTO: KYLE ANDREWS


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