Bowyer: "It’s a mini-league, it’s going to be exciting because every point is going to be valuable"

When Lee Bowyer took over as Caretaker Manager of Charlton in 2018 there were 10 games left in the season and he led his side to an improbable finish in the play-off spots in League One.

Two years later, and with an equally improbable promotion on his CV, Bowyer is looking for his side to show that collective spirit to help the Addicks steer clear of relegation from the Championship.

Charlton, who have been in the relegation zone for just one gameweek this season, have nine games to go and 27 points to play for.

Bowyer said: “It’s a mini-league, it’s going to be exciting because every point is going to be valuable. We have to make sure that we are ready. Every game is going to be like a cup final because there are only so many games left. It’s going to be good. 

“It will be strange with no fans but we’ll be ready. Once that first day comes, I’ll be looking forward to that, to get back to things from a competitive side. 

“It will be similar [to 2018], I hope we get as many points as we did then – we won six. It will be similar, the only difference will be is how condensed the games will be, as from what I understand it will be Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday-Tuesday until the end of the season. That will be the only difference but each game is going to be tough. Preparation and recovery are going to be so important and rotation too. I’m glad we’ve got a full squad because as you know we’ve got players that can’t do Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, so we’ll have to rotate and we’ll have to use everyone in the squad.” 

The side will return to training on Monday - you can read Bowyer's views on that here.

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