Bowyer on Doncaster draw: "That was the least we deserved. In the first 10 minutes we should have been three up"

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer said the point was the least his team deserved in today’s 1-1 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium against play-off rivals Doncaster Rovers.

The Addicks had much the better of the opening 75 minutes but a late onslaught by the home team could have seen them take three points.

Speaking after the game Bowyer said: “That was the least we deserved for today. In the first 10 minutes we should have been three up. In the second half we hit the post. We had chance after chance. They’ve made good blocks, the keeper has made good saves. 

“I just said to them (the players) ‘Don’t be disappointed, you got a point, another game unbeaten’. They deserved at least that.

“They were excellent from start to finish, taking their goal away. I thought we dominated large parts of that game. Our passing, our movement was very good. Our work rate was very good. Unfortunately we didn’t put the game to bed. I thought they worked very hard today.”

Despite that Doncaster had a stoppage-time goal ruled out which would have given them a crucial win. Bowyer said: “It looks like one of their fellas, who is in and around the six-yard box, he gambles on the actual shot and it looks like he gets a little flick on it because he runs away celebrating and he’s in an offside position. That’s what it looks like from the tele. I thought the ref was very good today. He was a good one, I thought he did well.”

Bowyer, serving the first of a three-game touchline suspension, watched the game alongside the club’s analyst Bret Shaw. When asked if it was different for the players he said: “It’s not different, the only difference is you hear a different voice shouting onto the pitch. That’s the only difference. It’s a lot clearer up there. You’ve got that vantage point.”

While chance after chance came and went, Bowyer is expecting his team to put everything together soon: “Like I said, we’re going to end up thumping someone soon. Today it could have been. We had a lot of chances, another day we score two, three or four comfortably.”

Charlton are next in action next Saturday against play-off rivals Portsmouth at The Valley. 

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