Charlton boss Lee Bowyer thanked his side for their effort levels during the 1-1 draw with Sunderland

Lee Bowyer thanked his side for their efforts during the 1-1 draw at home against Sunderland.

The South Londoners had fallen behind early on during the clash between two of League One’s promotion chasers as Luke O’Nien volleyed home at the far-post.

But an own-goal from Reece James drew the Addicks level shortly after the break and the home side dominated the second-period, but had to settle for a point after failing to find a winner.

Charlton Athletic caretaker manager Lee Bowyer acknowledges the fans after the final whistle

“They gave me everything and I’m so proud of them,” said Bowyer.

“I thanked them because it’s personal. When they go out and give you that much effort and put their bodies on the line, I take it personally. I thanked them. They deserved more today. They deserved to win the game on chances. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work out that way and we didn’t take the chances that we had. It was a very good, entertaining game to watch.

“Sunderland were the better side first-half but second-half we came out and dominated it. We pinned them in from the first minute and created a number of chances. Overall, I think we were the better side over ninety minutes and we deserved to win. I feel for them.”

Charlton Athletic’s Jonny Williams in action

The Addicks boss was able to give a debut to new signing Jonny Williams. The midfielder, picked up from South London rivals Crystal Palace yesterday, featured for the last twenty minutes and Bowyer was encouraged by what he saw during the Welsh international’s cameo.

“Jonny, you can see he’s got quality,” explained Bowyer.

“Once he gets used to the players, that’s why I didn’t start him. I didn’t think it would be fair on him or the other lads after the good result on Tuesday, I couldn’t chuck him on after just one training session. It wouldn’t have been fair but we saw in little glimpses there what he is going to bring to us. His end product is very good. I’m looking forward to when he gets going and realises and understands how we play.

“That’s tough, coming off the bench and trying to keep up with that speed of the game. The intensity out there was very high. For Jonny to try and catch up and get up to the level of them is tough. I know, I’ve come off the bench before.”

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