BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Charlton are down but not yet out – and Lee Bowyer insists the team and the supporters must stick together after dropping into the relegation zone for the first time this season.
Paddy McNair bagged the only goal of the game as Middlesbrough leapfrogged the Addicks at The Valley on Saturday – leaving the South Londoners marooned in the bottom three for the first time this season.
There’s nine games left to go in the campaign and Bowyer says that nothing changes for his side as they head into the run-in.
“You still have to get to the points to stay safe,” he explained.
“You’d look on paper that [Boro] is a game that you’d want to win and people will think you should win. On another day, we would have won it. But there’s nine to go. It’s as simple as that.
“We need men to stand there and fight. Second-half, I think we did that, but we need to do that for the next nine games. And we can’t be giving sides a one-goal side because then you’re in trouble.
“We need to stick together. I’ve just said the same to the players. Don’t turn on each other. Don’t try and blame someone else. We have to stick together and keep fighting. We’ve got nine games to go. We could go and win all nine, that’s how crazy football is. We’ve just got to stick together.”
Bowyer takes his side to the KC Stadium to take on Hull City next week – another side deep in relegation trouble.
Tom Lockyer will return from a two-game suspension and Bowyer also hopes he may be able to call upon the service of Naby Sarr – who has missed the last three games with a tight calf.
“Naby is going to be touch-and-go I think. If he misses that one, he’ll be OK for the game on Tuesday (against QPR). We’re going to have to weigh that up and see where we are when it comes to that.
“Hull are not in very good form at the moment so we have to try and take advantage of it and go there and get the three points. That is a game that we have to go and win.”
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