Bowyer: "I thanked Ben Amos for that point today, he made some great saves"

Lee Bowyer was full of praise for Charlton stopper Ben Amos following his side's 0-0 draw with Sunderland in the first home league game of the Thomas Sandgaard era.

The goalkeeper made a few important saves in the first half and got a well-deserved clean sheet.

He said: "I thanked Ben Amos for that point today because he was the reason we got the point, he made some great saves and Ben Watson threw himself in front of a few. We’re low on bodies at the minute.

"There were some good things and some bad things today. Amos was excellent, we got 90 in Watson - how he’s played that game is beyond me. To play him for 90 minutes after 60 minutes on Wednesday, that’s great for us that we know he can play 90 when we come back. Is he still rusty? Yeah."

The Charlton Manager felt his side could have played better but wasn't unhappy to come away with a point.

"They’ll be up there at the end of the season," he said. "They’ve got some good players with good experience. They’re better than when we played them before and with the situation with us and with the state that our squad is in at the moment, I think it’s a good point."

Bowyer handed Marcus Maddison his first minutes at Charlton but accepted that his fitness might not be there.

He said: "When he gets the balls in that position, he picks people out. It’s going to take time, even this two week break won’t be enough to get him fit but it will help. We’re not going to get him up to speed in two weeks - he’s had no pre-season and you think in a regular pre-season you get five or four weeks and you play five games and build your minutes up."

Charlton now have a break with international call-ups and the manager hopes that this is now the time to add players that match the club's transfer strategy.

He said: "We’ve got to get bodies in, we’re all aware of it and we’re working hard behind the scenes. By the time that we play next, hopefully we have a few more through the door."

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