Bowyer: "From start to finish, we were better than them"

Speaking after Charlton's 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night, Lee Bower shared his delight that his side responded after the defeat at the weekend.

"We had a group that keep going and on the odd occasion their standards will drop, they’re only human," he said.

"They will make mistakes and they can’t maintain that effort and on Saturday they showed that.

"Of course that hurt and it hurt everyone to do with the football club because no one likes seeing it. It’s then my job to pick them up and push them and not allow it to happen again and it think this was the perfect response."

With plenty separating the sides in the league standings, the manager was keen to point out the importance of the win against the promotion-chasing hosts.

"Tonight was much more like the way that we can play and, from start to finish, I thought that we were better than them.

"They created the odd chance here and there and yet they’re a good side. There’s not many teams that will have taken four points from Forest this season, especially coming here and getting three.

"The only criticism that I have is that we should have won the game by more."

Bowyer also set his sights on the remainder of the season referring back to the target of 50 points he set for survival earlier this season.

"People panic, but theres a long way to go. For me we need three more wins and a couple more draws for the weigh in and I believe in this group 100 percent.

"Theres plenty of games to go yet and plenty of twists and turns and there’s going to be teams above us that are going to get sucked into it as well.

"The most important thing is that we got the three points after a great team performance. Everybody worked so hard and now we move on to Saturday, I hear it’s going to be a sell out so now I’m looking forward to that and we have to maintain that standard. That’s why we had such a good start; because we were playing like that, but we’ve had difficult times."

Naby Sarr played in a beautiful cross in the first-half to tee-up Lyle Taylor's match winner and Bowyer was quick to note that it was no fluke.

"The goal was something that we worked on in training," he explained.

"We had to walk through it because they were still recovering from the weekend! But we had to be brave on the press and if Naby [Sarr] wasn’t brave there then we wouldn’t have scored the goal.

"He was really high, he was in front of myself and then that was some ball... But that is what he has though, it’s that left foot, and if you give Lyle Taylor the chance then he scores.

"I’m pleased for Naby and I’m pleased for Lyle and I’m happy that what I’ve drummed into them has paid off."

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