BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Charlton boss Lee Bowyer says he doesn’t want to talk about the absence of striker Lyle Taylor any more, but admits his side would almost certainly be safe already if the wantaway striker had played in the final nine games of the season.
Out of contract at the end of the campaign, Taylor decided to withdraw from the squad following the return from lockdown in order to not risk a big-money move elsewhere next season.
Goals have been hard to come by for the Addicks, who have scored just four in seven games since the restart.
“Coming back from this lockdown, the amount of pressure and chances we’ve created on other teams, we should be well out of sight,” said Bowyer after his side suffered their latest setback as Birmingham snaffled a late point in the 1-1 draw at St Andrews on Wednesday evening.
“There’s no way we should be competing to stay in this league. It should be done, we should be safe. We’ve created enough chances to win flipping two games again tonight.
“Unfortunately, if you don’t take your chances, you don’t win games. If you don’t win games, you don’t stay in this division. It’s plain and simple.
“I don’t want to talk about [Lyle]. Lyle is not here. There’s no point dwelling on that. If Lyle was here, we would have been safe, 100 percent. Lyle don’t miss those chances that we’re creating. But he ain’t here, so there’s no point talking about Lyle.
“At the end of the day, the players we do have should be taking them chances,” added the Addicks boss after he saw Macauley Bonne and Aiden McGeady both coming close to doubling the lead opened up by Bonne’s 58th-minute strike at St Andrews – the former Leyton Orient man’s 10th Championship goal during his maiden season in the second-tier.
“They’re not hard chances. You see them, you see where they are getting the chances from. They’re not hard to score from there. Whether Lyle is in the side or not, it makes no difference. Our players are good enough to take those chances to win this game.
“I just feel like I’m saying the same things as at the weekend, we should have won this game comfortably. Hit the post. Missing clear-cut chances from four yards out again, in the middle of the goal. You ain’t going to win games. You miss things like that, you don’t win. Once you go 2-0 up, done, the game’s finished. We had so many chances for that to happen.”
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