BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer wants to make sure his side keep on track after showing signs of improvement over the last game and a half.
The Addicks ran out 1-0 winners at Bristol Rovers on Saturday afternoon thanks to Jake Forster-Caskey’s fortuitous strike just beyond the hour-mark – a first win in six games.
The midfielder, who impressed, bagged the only goal of the game direct from a corner as the South Londoners had to rely on the scruffy strike to earn the victory despite creating a number of chances throughout the contest.
They also earned their first clean sheet in nine outings as they kept the Gas at arm’s length despite Albie Morgan’s late red card.
The Addicks had shown signs of improvement after a tough spell during the second-half of the remarkable 4-4 draw with Rochdale at The Valley in midweek and continued in that vein at the Memorial Ground, climbing back into League One’s top six in the process.
Bowyer said: “We can’t get carried away. We’ve played well, we were solid, moved the ball well and created a lot of chances. We’ve got three points and we’re in sixth now. There’s a lot of positives but there’s still a long way to go. We’re not even halfway through.
“But the most important thing is that we’ve put a good performance together here. Carried on from the 45 on Tuesday. I’ve said to the players: ‘This is our standard. Let’s not get carried away. We’ve won a game, great. But the challenge is now we have to go again on Tuesday [at Peterborough].’
“We’ll be in tomorrow, preparing properly for Tuesday night’s game. It’s going to be a completely different game. Peterborough are a very good side so we’ll have to be at it again on Tuesday if we want to come away with anything.
“From start to finish, we were very good. We won our battles all over the park. The only disappointing thing is that we didn’t score more goals. If you’d had said we’d won by three or four today, I wouldn’t have been surprised with the chances that we created. First-half we were very good, we were getting the overloads out wide. Just that final ball or the final finish wasn’t quite there. Wrong decisions in the first-half. But second-half, I thought we deserved to win. It was a very good, solid performance.
“We resorted them to go a bit long at times. We got into a solid shape. They play with the diamond and we know how effective that can be if you let them play out through the midfield. Everyone, all over the park, they worked really hard and competed really well.
“Jonny Williams, outstanding. Winning headers, competing and then being brave and getting on the ball and making things happen. Albie Morgan was good. If you think, Jake, Albie and Jonny, that’s not their strength, the physical side. All three of them were excellent. They can all play but if you can add that to their game, which they did today. I’m really pleased.
“Liam Millar, looked a threat all day down that wing. Omar Bogle came off the bench and was excellent. First touch challenges, knocking people off the ball using his strength. There’s a lot of plusses today.
“No matter how pretty it looks at times and you do all this stuff going forward, sometimes you need someone that has to put their body on the line right at the death. Deji, it was his turn today. Thankfully, he got the block because that’s the difference between winning and going home disappointed. Everyone is going home with a smile on their face today. I thought Deji was very good. In possession, I thought he was good as well. All of them can leave with a big smile today and get the credit they deserve.”
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