Lee Bowyer says the three points were the main thing as Charlton edge past Barnsley in front of Tahnoon Nimer

BY LOUIS MENDEZ

Sometimes you have to take three points any which way they come – and Charlton boss Lee Bowyer said today’s victory over Barnsley was one of those occasions.

First-half goals from Lyle Taylor and Andre Green had the Addicks in charge at the break in a game with huge significance in the battle to avoid relegation.

The visitors pulled one back through Cauley Woodrow twenty minutes from time before rattling the crossbar and seeing one cleared off the line as they searched for a leveller that never came.

The result leaves Charlton nine points clear of the second-bottom Tykes – but still only four points above the drop zone after Wigan’s surprise win at Leeds.

“The most important thing at this stage of the season is the three points – it doesn’t matter how you get it,” admitted Bowyer.

“Sometimes you have to dig in and grind out results, that’s what we’ve just done.

“I just said to the players that it should have been more comfortable really. I’d rather it had been prettier at times. You could tell that some of the players had come back a bit rusty. We didn’t pass it how we normally would.

ESI majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer was in attendance at The Valley for the first time. Paul Edwards

“We were coasting first-half. They changed and matched us up. They came back into the game from some sloppiness from ourselves but the most important thing is the three points. We move on.

“Andre had some bad news earlier on in the week, he missed training on Tuesday. He did well to even turn out. It’s another goal for him. He’s only been here five minutes and he’s scored two goals.

“His hold-up play was better than the previous game and he made some great runs. Alfie could’ve slipped him in two or three times. I’m happy with the way Andre has settled in.”

New majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer was in attendance at The Valley for the very first time and Bowyer hopes he enjoyed his first taste of the action in SE7.

“I met him yesterday at the training ground,” explained Bowyer.

“Hopefully he enjoyed the game and saw how good of a club this is. We can all enjoy tonight and now get ready for Stoke next week as that is another big one.”

PHOTOS: PAUL EDWARDS/ KYLE ANDREWS


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3 thoughts on “Lee Bowyer says the three points were the main thing as Charlton edge past Barnsley in front of Tahnoon Nimer

  • 1st February 2020 at 6:58 pm
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    Taking Taylor offers silly..and why was Williams removed.
    Once that happened we were all at sea and one of the subs lost possession carelessly for their goal, they hit the woodwork 3 times and had chances cleared off the line. Bowyer should worry about that.. I do

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    • 1st February 2020 at 8:28 pm
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      If you watch the Lyle post match interview, you will hear him say that his legs were cramping, and had nothing left in the tank.

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      • 2nd February 2020 at 9:17 am
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        It doesn’t need a lot of thinking that both are back from long layoffs, yes the ‘next goal’ was going to be crucial as it gave them the upper hand.
        There is no doubt the lift that having Lyle on gives the team but we need him for the rest of the season not 2-3 games!
        The defence is the issue we looked all at sea so many times second half, Naby had one of those days! Not sure Pearce really has it at this level, be great off the bench but not 90 mins

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