Bowyer: "Sometimes it's good to win ugly"

Lee Bowyer was pleased to see his side ground out a second consecutive victory in his first game in permanent charge on Saturday as the Addicks overcame Wycombe Wanderers 3-2.

Charlton recovered from going behind to Randell Williams’ early opener by equalising just after the half-hour mark courtesy of Sido Jambatti’s own goal which deflected in from Lewis Page’s cross.

And the Addicks took control after the break with Lyle Taylor and Naby Sarr putting the hosts into a comfortable position for all three points, despite Paris Cowan-Hall’s injury-time consolation.

“The most important things is that it’s good to win ugly at times,” said Bowyer.

“Last week we won and played well, but it won’t always be like that here. Teams are going to come and make things difficult for us so we have to be prepared to keep patient and keep the ball, which we did at times.

“Overall, we deserved to win and we showed the togetherness and character to come from behind. “The crowd were getting a bit agitated, but they still showed the determination to go and get the three points which is the most important thing, no matter how you do it.”

Charlton lost both Nicky Ajose and Darren Pratley to injury in the second half, but substitutes Ben Reeves and George Lapslie certainly played their part. And Bowyer was delighted with the impact made, particularly by Reeves who made his return to league action following injury, while he also reserved praise for goalscroer Taylor and fellow attacker Karlan Grant.

“Reeves did well in the second half,” he explained.

“He has the quality to unlock things. Lyle and Karlan were much better in the second half and that was the Lyle Taylor that we signed. We were the better side after the break and we deserved to win, but the first-half was disappointing. We just can’t put two halves together at the moment, but it will come.”

Meanwhile, Bowyer explained his decision to hand goalkeeper Jed Steer his first league start following his summer loan move from Aston Villa.

“I watched him on Tuesday and knew that Wycombe were going to make it difficult for us and we had to be positive and play out of the back with confidence,” he said.

“Jed is better with his feet, he’s a very good passer as we saw today. He was dropping balls into the strikers and that is a very difficult thing to do. He impressed me on Tuesday night and that’s why I brought him in.”

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