Bowyer: “I’m really proud of my lads to come from a goal behind two times”

Lee Bowyer was pleased with his side's performance in a thrilling 2-2 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion.

A full press conference with the Addicks' boss will be on Valley Pass later this evening.

Bowyer said: “From start to finish I thought we were very good. The way that we applied ourselves and the way that we pressed them, we showed our attitude to keep working right the way to the end and I thought that that was the least that we deserved. 

“Of course, they created some chances but let’s not forget who we were playing there. They’ve got a hell of a lot of Premier League players and I’m really proud of my lads. To keep coming and to come from a goal behind two times.”

With 19,720 fans in The Valley, Bowyer was quick to praise the Charlton supporters. He said: “I have to say our crowd was outstanding as well. On both occasions, when we went behind, they just sung and sung their hearts out and that helped us to get a good point today.”

The Addicks first came from behind through Josh Davison, who netted his first goal for the club.

Bowyer was thrilled for the 20-year-old: "The one thing that you know you’re going to get with Josh is hard work. Honestly, he gives everything. He’s a good lad and let’s not forget he was playing for Enfield not too long ago and now he’s just scored against a top West Brom side! So fair play to him, I can’t ask anymore of him. He’s given everything and that’s all I ask for as a manager.”

Despite the draw, the Charlton boss was still frustrated at the two goals conceded. He said: “I’ve had a little go at them in the dressing room because the two goals that we conceded were poor. Whatever way you want to look at it, the two goals that we conceded were poor and there were individual mistakes. We’re scoring goals nearly every game and let’s not forget we’ve got players coming back and we can play the way we want to play with the personnel fit."

With players returning from injury Bowyer was able to bring three first teamers off the bench for the first time in a while. Jake Forster-Caskey, Jonny Williams and Tomer Hemed all made their first appearances since October and help the Addicks get back into the game in the second half.

Bowyer said: “Towards the end there we were able to change for the last half an hour and go to that diamond that we like because we had Jonny Williams and Jake [Forster-Caskey] come on. We’ve missed these players so much, but again, because they’ve only just come back from injury, they’re limited and so that’s why I have been seeing a lot of losses on the results list. 

“Hopefully the players that we have got in the building start coming back and then results will start turning to wins. We were unlucky not to get that today.”

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