Lee Bowyer on Accrington test, Karlan Grant rumours and January window

Lee Bowyer expects Accrington Stanley to provide his side with a difficult test when they visit The Valley in Sky Bet League One on Saturday (3pm).

Charlton have started 2019 in good form – picking up seven points from a possible nine – and if they win at the weekend it will be their tenth league success in SE7 this season.

To achieve that, though, they’ll have to overcome John Coleman’s side, who have earned five away victories this campaign and who shared the points with the Addicks at the Wham Stadium in August.

“Accrington have done well this season,” Bowyer said. “I have watched the game back when we played them away from home and it was tough.

“Every time we went past someone, they brought us down. There were a lot of fouls committed, so it’s going to be physical and we need to be ready for that and to match that.

“We have to do the right things – like I say every week – and we have to compete first and then do what we are good at, which is moving the ball quickly and creating chances. If we are on it and our attitude is right then it’s another game that I want us to win.

“I expect us to win every game - that’s just the way I am. Our standards are high and we are in the position we are because we are doing well. At the moment, we are doing the right things at the right times.”

Karlan Grant netted Charlton’s goal when the two sides met back in August and he has recently been the subject of reported interest from Scottish Premiership side Rangers.

Bowyer said: “We haven’t had any approach from Rangers and we are aware of their interest. It’s a compliment to the football club and to Karlan.

“It just shows that we are doing well and when you are doing well as a side then inevitably the players are doing well as individuals.

“Clubs are going to be looking to take our plyers and a big club like Rangers is obviously a compliment to us.

“We are negotiating a contract with Karlan, we are trying to get him to stay and we’ll have to see where that goes.”

The Addicks have already brought in three players during the January transfer window, with Jonny Williams, Chris Maxwell and Ben Purrington joining the club.

Bowyer admitted that he is hoping to add one more face but that it may come towards the end of the month.

He said: “I think we’ll probably bring in one more but we have only got one loan space available now, so we have to be careful who we pick.

“We have to see where we are towards the end of the window and where we need to strengthen. At the moment, we are in no rush.

“I am happy with the squad I have available, we are starting to get the odd player back fit, so I am happy.”

He added: “It’ll probably be a striker [who comes in]. Obviously, losing Nicky [Ajose], I’d like to bring in a striker but it is difficult because we have got two strikers playing who have formed a good partnership and are playing well together.

“To bring someone in to be third or fourth choice is difficult. That’s a position I’d like to strengthen but we’ll see who is available towards the end of the window and we’ll weigh up our options then.”

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