Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer said his players needed the Valley faithful to help them over the line in today’s 2-1 win at home to Burton Albion.
First half goals from Lyle Taylor and Ben Reeves gave the Addicks three points in a hard fought game that extended Charlton’s unbeaten home run to 13.
Speaking after the match Bowyer said: “They dug in deep tonight. I think we looked a little bit tired. I thought the fans helped us get through it. Second half they (the fans) could tell, the players put so much in to Saturday and then the quick turnaround. Burton had an extra 24 hours rest on us so I’m proud of them.
“Was the best game we’ve played? No, but sometimes you’ve just got to dig in and grind out results. Like I’ve said before, in the past we probably wouldn’t have won that game but the mentality and the spirit that we have, with the fans, is helping us. We’re in a good place.”
Charlton took a fifth minute lead through Taylor’s fifth minute penalty in an open first 20 minutes. Bowyer said: “We’ve had very good starts in games in the last few and creating chances. I don’t think we took our foot off the peddle, it was just hard today. The pitch was so heavy, we had a lot of rain today and the groundsman did very well to get the game on. It’s been a tough few days but we dug deep and now we’ve got to get ready for Saturday because that is going to be another tough one. Our recovery now is the most important thing.”
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