Bowyer on Reading game, Jason Pearce and his team's remaining games

Lee Bowyer insisted he didn’t have to pick his team’s spirits up after a late defeat at Brentford on Tuesday.

The Charlton Manager, speaking ahead of Saturday’s game against Reading at The Valley, is pleased his team have their fate in their own hands. 

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He said: “From when we started after lockdown, we are in a better position, it is in our hands. We’ve done well to pick up the points we have, three very good results and then the last two we haven’t really done much wrong and we’ve been unfortunate not to pick anything up. So, we’ve got four games, all tough in different ways, and it is in our hands to get as many points as we can to stay in the division.”

Speaking on Saturday’s visitors to The Valley, Bowyer said: “Reading are another good side but it’s a game where I think if we turn up and do things right, we’ve got as good a chance as they do. The most important thing is that we keep fighting, pushing and sticking together until the end. 

“We’ve got four games to go and we’ve got to work hard for every point. Every point is precious. That Cardiff one, we might look back at that and think ‘that was a great point that night’. We’ve still got 12 to play for and I think we’ll be ok but we have to do the right things. We have to fight, compete and dig in and when we get our chances we have to take them.”

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Bowyer was nominated for the Sky Bet Manager of the Month for June but insisted he would have rather had a win against Brentford. He said: “It’s nice to be recognized but I’d have swapped that for three points the other night.”

Pearce was nominated for Sky Bet Player of the Month and Bowyer was full of praise for his skipper. He said: “Jason has been excellent since he came back, he’s been really good in training and on the pitch. He’s our captain, he’s our leader and he’s definitely stepped up in this difficult situation that we are in, so I’m really pleased for him because he deserves it after his performances.”

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