BY LOUIS MENDEZ
A capitulation such as the one Charlton suffered during their 4-0 mauling at Huddersfield could spell disaster for a team’s mentality in a relegation battle – but Lee Bowyer hopes to see his side use it as a wake-up call as they fight to stay in the Championship.
The South Londoners were still in the game after coming out for the second-half 1-0 down at the John Smith’s Stadium – but were unable to find an equaliser before conceding a further three inside the final fifteen minutes.
The results leaves the Addicks still just two points clear of the drop-zone – but Bowyer hopes his side won’t let the heavy defeat against another relegation-threatened side knock their confidence ahead of next weekend’s equally crucial clash with Middlesbrough at The Valley.
“That should work the opposite,” explained the Addicks boss.
“They are disappointed. That won’t happen again. Maybe that [result] is what they needed. Something like that to give them a kick up the backside. We can’t perform like that and defend like that between now and the end of the season because if we do, we will not be in this league next year.
“This hopefully is what does it. Because that is not acceptable to lose by four. OK, two were in injury time but that’s not what we’re about. We have to keep working hard, stick together and keep fighting for every point.
“The positive thing we can take is that our next one is at home,” he added, as his run of just one win in fifteen on the road continued.
“Two tough away fixtures back to back. [Huddersfield] had an extra 24 hours rest than us. There were a few things. But now we’ve got a full week and it makes the Middlesbrough game even bigger now.”
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