Bowyer on Aribo, Taylor, Bauer block and fitness of Bielik and Williams

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer was full of praise for goalscoring duo Joe Aribo and Lyle Taylor.

The pair netted either side of half-time as the Addicks beat play-off rivals Portsmouth 2-1 at The Valley yesterday.

Speaking after the game Bowyer said: “Joe is just improving. The good thing for me is he is getting in the box. I keep drumming into him ‘Just get in the box, just get in the box, things will fall for you’ and he’s doing that. I thought he was outstanding, not just his goal but his all around game. I can’t even remember him giving it away at all. He wins the ball back, he breaks it up. He’s got everything, he’s very good.”

Taylor scored his 16th goal of the season when he was able to prod home a clever Ben Reeves pass and Bowyer was pleased for his striker: “He deserved it. His work-rate (is brilliant). He’s running into the channel in the 90th minute to stop a cross, chucking his body on the line. He thoroughly deserved his goal.” 

The Charlton boss was also very pleased with a brave, late block from Patrick Bauer. He said: “That’s the team spirit we have. I said to Pat ‘What a great block, you’ve put you’re body on the line and it’s given us the three points’. They all know how close we are and I keep telling them, ‘We’re so close, we’ve just got to keep believing’. For me today was the all-around performance. You had the work rate, the togetherness, the fight, the competitive side but also in possession we were calm and collected. We made the right passes, and decisions 90 per cent of the time and we scored goals. It was a great performance.”

Krystian Bielik and Jonny Williams both exited the game with injuries, Bowyer updated: “They both have tight hamstrings. I don’t know how serious they are yet. I thought Krystian was outstanding first half, he was unbelievable. Hopefully they are not too serious but obviously it is too early to tell. I don’t know if they’ll be able to play Tuesday but we’ve got a squad of players and they are all chomping at the bit to play.” 

Bowyer's post-game press conference is available on Valley Pass. A monthly subscription to Valley Pass costs just £6.50.

The Addicks are back in action at The Valley on Tuesday. You can get your ticket here.

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