Bowyer: "We know what we’ve got to do"

Speaking after Charlton's fine 3-1 victory over Luton Town at The Valley, Lee Bowyer shared his glee at his sides performance in an important fixture and looked ahead to the task of survival at hand.

Speaking on the match, Bowyer was impressed with how his side showed confidence in the second half after what he felt was an overly cautious opening 45 minutes.

"They got a little bit braver in the second half after a nervy first half I thought, so it was a lot better. We moved the ball better and showed what we can do in the second half and created a good number of chances.

"On another day, we would have probably scored another couple. Andre [Green]’s one was five yards out, it’s harder to miss! But it was a great run from him and a great ball from Lyle. Josh’s chance saw a great block from their fella and that was going for the top corner, I was right behind it. Overall the most important thing is that we got the three points and move on. It’s an important week."

George Lapslie was able to net his first league goal and Bowyer heaped praise on the young midfielder.

"George brings you energy and willingness and fight and he’s improving in possession as well. I brought him on to go and do exactly what he did; to win the ball back and get in the box.

"I said to him ‘You’ve got a license to go there’, thankfully he got in there and nicked a goal and that was it, it was game over then."

Lyle Taylor was once again on the scoresheet, netting a brace including converting one of his trademark penalties.

"It was a great finish [for the opening goal], I see him do that every day in training.

"The penalty… He does what he does. He’s cool, calm and collective and I thought his work rate was outstanding as well. I thought his ball retention was excellent and that was something I have been on at him for to be honest. Against Blackburn he was weak and I thought that at Stoke his ball retention wasn’t very good. It’s not like him but today he was very good and he deserved his two goals. I don’t think that they could handle him all day."

Attention now turns to Sheffield Wednesday midweek and Bowyer insists that he is fully focused on his side.

"We know what we’ve got to do and what we have got to get to. All I care about is what we do now until the end of the season. 

"It’s going to be tough, Hillsborough is a tough place to go and play. Now the most important thing is the preparation. We’ve got to turn up on Wednesday night and make sure we’re ready."

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