Bowyer on late draw at Shrewsbury, Watson's goal and the return of Pearce and Famewo

Lee Bowyer explained he was “fuming” after the Addicks fell to a stoppage-time penalty to draw 1-1 at Shrewsbury.

The Addicks had gone ahead through Ben Watson’s first goal for the club, a move Bowyer revealed his side had worked on in training. However, Charlton failed to clear their lines right at the end of the game and paid the price conceding from a late spot kick.

Speaking to the press the Charlton Manager said: “We should have gone home with three points. We have to manage the game better. It is something simple, all we have to do is clear our lines and we win the game. It’s not good enough. To concede the way we did, it is just wrong, it shouldn’t be happening.

“At times we got into good positions again, again we didn’t take care in the final third, we were too sloppy.

“Today we should have taken three points and moved on but we haven’t, that’s definitely two points dropped.”

The Addicks had taken a 71st minute lead when Watson’s shot found its way into the net via a Shrewsbury defender.

Bowyer said: “The goal was something we worked on yesterday. They defend their six-yard box well but they don’t defend in and around the penalty spot – we worked on it. It came off, so it is pleasing. You are in injury time and you think you are going home with three points and then that happens. All that hard work goes to waste. It frustrates me, it drives me mad.

“We’ll get back on the training ground and start working hard again but we should be leaving here with three points and that is not good. It’s been tough, we’ve played four out the last five games away from home. We had to dig deep and I thought we’d done that, I thought we’d done enough to win the game but it hasn’t happened and that is frustrating."

Jason Pearce started a league game for the first time this season and played alongside Akin Famewo, starting his first game since October. Bowyer was pleased to see them both return well after their time out with injuries.

He said: “They did well. I thought Akin playing on the wrong side, a left footer playing on the right is never easy, but I thought they did well. It was good to see them back, it was good for us.”

Valley Pass subscribers and supporters who purchased a live video pass for Saturday's game can watch Lee Bowyer's post-game press conference below.

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