Charlton Athletic will face third-placed Barnsley on Saturday at The Valley and Manager Lee Bowyer feels it will be his team's toughest test so far this season.
Bowyer was speaking at this morning's press conference, which will be on Valley Pass later today,
Below are some of the talking points from the press conference...
On Saturday’s Kids For A Quid game against Barnsley
"Yeah, they’ve turned it round in the last few weeks. They had a slow start, hit and miss but they’re a good side. They scored four away to Peterborough, three against Luton last weekend. I’ve watched those two games, they’re good in possession. Their movement is good and their rotation. They have weaknesses though, like every team. We need to be secure under the ball and when we win it, we have to use it well. The difference with them is that they are ruthless in front of goal. When they get a chance, they take it. They’re a Championship side that have come down, they lost one or two from their squad but mainly kept their side. They’ll be up there. I’ve said that from the start. It’ll be our biggest test so far this season."
On watching the record 8-0 win against Stevenage
"I have to say, it’s the best game I’ve seen live. No disrespect to Stevenage but they couldn't get near us. It shows how well the squad are playing and how far we’ve come with possession of the ball. The amount of times we kept the ball for, I don't know how many passes, and went from back to front was unbelievable. To score eight against any team, we made 10 changes. The kids that came in held their own and kept improving. They keep improving and that showed. Taylor (Maloney) and George (Lapslie) were outstanding in the middle of the park. Young Toby (Stevenson) had never played a game before and scored a hat-trick. He will never ever play a game like that (again) in his whole career. It was great for him to step in and take the chance the way he did. You had the experienced players. Wardy and Pratley, they helped the younger lads. They played really well and it's the best game I’ve seen live and I told them that after the game."
On hat-trick debutant Toby Stevenson
"To get the match ball on your first game ever, playing at left wing back is some achievement. Not many out there have done that. I’m pleased for him, he’s a good lad and did well. He deserves all the praise that he got."
On Charlton’s game against Oxford on Tuesday
"It’s been tough for Oxford at the moment but they had a good result against Plymouth. It’s good for Karl, I was pleased for him. They’ll pick up points. I’m not thinking about Tuesday. I’ll concentrate on Saturdays’ game then after that we’ll think about Oxford but at the moment it is Barnsley and getting through this and getting the win."
Transcription by Nick Emms