Lee Bowyer was proud of his team after an impressive 2-0 win at home to last season’s play-off finalists Oxford United.
The Addicks played more than 25 minutes with 10 men after the sending off of Ryan Inniss but rarely looked like conceding as they saw the game out for a fourth successive win and fifth successive clean sheet.
Speaking after the win Bowyer said: “I thought it was real good, team performance from start to finish. I think they had a bit more possession than us but didn’t really hurt us I don’t think. I can’t remember too many clear cut chances that Ben [Amos] had to make saves on.
“Then obviously we get the goal, something that we walked through earlier on today. [Andrew] Shinnie getting in those pockets, he’s a very, very clever player and a great run from Conor [Washington], a great pass and he took it well. Then obviously the outstanding free kick from Shinnie.
“We deservedly went in at half-time on top. In the second half, the sending off makes it more difficult but we still had chances, good chances.
“To manage the game the way they did – we had a lot of men out there, experienced players and I think we managed it really well when we went down to 10. I’m really proud of them today, I thought we deserved the three points and then we go again.”
Bowyer was particularly happy with another clean sheet.
“That doesn’t just happen from your back four and goalkeeper,” he explained, “that starts from up top. Conor Washington, Omar Bogle and young Smithie [Paul Smyth], they worked their socks off. It starts from there the defensive line. They are all working as hard as they can. You have the experience in front of the back four protecting, then you have the solid back four and a great goalkeeper to back that up as your last line. Another good clean sheet.
"The players I said to them they were excellent, outstanding. They [Oxford] are not a bad side, they are a good side, they were in the playoff final last season. To keep them limited like they did, and going to 10, I think they should be proud of that, because I am proud of them.”
The manager said he felt Inniss’ dismissal was soft and also revealed Alfie Doughty may be out for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
His full press conference will be available on Valley Pass below for Valley Pass subscribers and those that purchased the Oxford game.