TEAM NEWS | Four changes as Millar makes debut

Lee Bowyer has made four changes to his side to take on Accrington Stanley at The Valley on Friday evening. 

Following the 2-0 loss at Hull City last weekend, January signing and loanee Liam Millar makes his debut following his move to SE7 on Tuesday. The Canada international starts in attack alongside Paul Smyth and Conor Washington.

Ben Amos continues in goal while Jason Pearce captains the side with Ian Maatsen and Chris Gunter, whilst Deji Oshilaja returns to the starting line-up to complete the defence. Jake Forster-Caskey will once again feature in the centre of midfield alongside Albie Morgan and Alex Gilbey. 

New signing Ronnie Schwartz could make his Charlton debut from the bench after being cleared to play by the Home Office. The striker signed from Danish club Midtjylland earlier this week.

When asked about his decision to name Schwartz on the bench, manager Lee Bowyer said: “It’s too soon for Ronnie to start, he’s quite behind on fitness. 

“The right thing to do is have him on the bench. If we need to bring him on towards the end, we know he can finish. If he comes on, I fancy him to score. Get excited but be patient.”

With Millar making his first start for the Addicks, Bowyer admitted that he is looking to switch up the formation with the introduction of the youngster.

“We have to play a different way, a different formation.” He said.

“We’ve brought Omar out, that physical prescience up top. They play three at the back so it’s a different game. We’ll have to be brave in possession to get Liam on the ball with his pace and directness. He’ll bring us something different that we’ve lost since Alfie (Doughty) has been out injured.”

Charlton: Amos, Gunter, Pearce, Oshilaja, Maatsen; Forster Caskey, Morgan, Gilbey; Millar, Smyth, Washington.

Subs: Mayard-Brewer, Matthews, Purrington, Williams, Maddison, Schwartz, Aneke.

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