Bowyer on "solid" Charlton performance and Johnnie Jackson's set-piece magic

Lee Bowyer felt his side’s 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers at The Valley was the same type of solid, professional performance that they displayed in last week’s win at Hull City.

Darren Pratley’s 12th-minute goal was the difference as the Addicks again created more chances than they gave away.

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Speaking after the game Bowyer said: “It was similar to last weekend. I thought it was a very solid performance. We limited them to chances. I thought they had one good chance, one clear-cut chance in the 90 minutes and Dillon [Phillips] made a good save but apart from that I thought it was a good solid performance. Again, overall, on chances created I would say that we created the better chances and deserved to win the game.

“Yeah, they had more possession than us, again If I am going to be critical, in possession we weren’t as good as we normally are, we turned over the ball a bit too easily and we didn’t take our chances again.” 

Bowyer insisted that despite the win his team can’t get carried away.

“With seven games to go there is still a lot of time left,” he explained. “We’re not out of it now. We still have to focus and keep fighting for every point because this league can hurt you. We’ve had a good start, we’re in a good position but we have to keep fighting to the end because the most important thing for me is that we stay in the division. 

“The team spirit has always been high, obviously last week’s result helped. This one will give them another lift and it is my job to keep their feet on the ground and let them know we aren’t safe and we have to keep pushing and fighting for every point.”

Pratley’s headed goal was the second from a set-piece in as many weeks and Bowyer paid tribute to Assistant Manager Johnnie Jackson.

He said: “Jacko works hard on set-pieces. We look at other teams and how they set up. I had a conversation with Jacko the other evening and said ‘look there is something you can work on here and work on there’. I said ‘these are three things that can hurt you, you fiddle around with it and go with what you think is best’ and Jacko worked on them hard yesterday and it has paid off again. Set-pieces are very big in the game. We work hard at them, Jacko more so. I don’t care how we get the three points as long as we get them.” 

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