BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer says his side are gifting opposition sides goals with schoolboy-level errors at the moment.
A mix-up between George Lapslie and Deji Oshilaja laid the opening goal on a plate for Karlan Grant during the 4-0 reverse at Huddersfield last weekend – and Ben Purrington’s misplaced pass led to Middlesbrough man Paddy McNair bagging the only goal of the game this afternoon as the South Londoners slipped into the relegation zone for the first time this season.
The Addicks boss felt powerless as he watched on from the dugout on both occasions.
“I can’t control [Purrington’s mistake] and I can’t control what happened last week,” said the Charlton chief.
“Deji knows, you’re taught as a kid to just put your foot through it if you’re in trouble. Ben, a ten-yard pass with no one near George (Lapslie). I can’t control that. There’s a lot of things I can control but that I can’t.
“Frustrated. Disappointed, again. You can’t just give teams one-goal leads, no matter what league you play in. We ain’t good enough to give teams a one-goal lead, for sure. It’s amateur.
“A ten-yard pass and you put them through – bang, goal. Taking that aside, I thought second-half we were the better side. We have to be more ruthless. We had three clear-cut chances. We have to score at least one.
“I think we deserved at least a draw. I thought we were better than them in the second-half. They hit us on the break every now and then because we were pushing so hard for the goal. The lesson learned today is that we can’t keep giving teams one-goal leads. It drives me mad.
“Everything that you work on all week, all your preparation, it just goes out the window. Again, I thought we started well. We were on top. We looked like the team that was going to score and then we just gave them a goal.
“Kids stuff. Last week was the same. My boy is eleven and he wouldn’t make that mistake. Professional footballers can’t be making mistakes like that. Because you get punished.”
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