BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lyle Taylor reckons Charlton Athletic’s players had the last laugh on Saturday – with Chris Solly’s late goal the perfect response to time-wasting by Luton fans.
The Addicks club captain produced an equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
And striker Taylor told Charlton Live: “It was a little bit strange with anyone who has seen the pictures or video – you can see we are celebrating in front of the Luton fans. Anyone not there will think that doesn’t sound right.
“But if you were there, you would understand why. The Luton fans were playing volleyball when the ball went into the crowd along with hiding the ball from the players and the ref.
“George Lapslie ended up getting booked because he jumped over to get the ball and their fans wrestled the ball off him and threw it behind him.
“So it [the celebration] was almost sticking two fingers up to them.
“The way the fans conduct themselves is important, it’s as important as what the players do. What they did was a disgrace. We were able to say: ‘Unlucky, you tried really hard to do us over but you couldn’t do it’.”
The Addicks are unbeaten in six League One games and second in the form table – but only off top spot due to Doncaster’s better goal difference over that period.
“If you can keep grinding out draws and wins them psychologically it is so big for us,” said Taylor. “We are six unbeaten – four wins and two draws.
“The trick is to go seven, eight, nine or 10 games without a loss and then go again if you do lose one. That makes a big difference, it creates positivity and creates an atmosphere you want to be around.”
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