"We're always confident" | Bowyer looks ahead to Fleetwood

Lee Bowyer insists his side remain full of confidence heading in Saturday’s trip to Fleetwood Town.

Despite the Addicks’ disappointing home form continuing with defeat at the hands of Gillingham last time out, Bowyer’s side have one of the best away records in the division and Saturday’s journey north provides the opportunity for Charlton to get three points on the board to get their fight for promotion back on track.

Speaking to the assembled press in his pre-match press conference via Zoom, he said: “We’re always confident. We believe we can win going into any game. We’re not doing much wrong and the players don’t need lifting, they know they’re a good side and recognise they’re not doing a lot wrong.”

The Addicks will be without top scorer Chuks Aneke who will serve his one-match ban after being dismissed last weekend, but Bowyer believes that his squad have more than enough to bring home the points in his absence.

“We’ll miss Chuks, but we have players that will step up,” he explained.

“Jayden [Stockley] has shown that and scored again last week.

“We’re going up there in good shape and good confidence. It will be a tough game, they’re a good side with good players so we have to respect them, but we’re a good side with good players ourselves.”

“We just have to keep trying to do the right things,” continued Bowyer.

“Every shot that someone has against us seems to go in at the moment! We’re creating chances and playing well. We still have to address things and go on a run, there’s no getting away from that.

“The second goal last weekend, their left-back probably has never done that before and he’ll probably never do that again and it keeps happening to us at the moment. We’ve said that a few times now. Rochdale at home was a good example – four great shots and for great goals.

“If we weren’t creating chances and playing well, I would be more worried. There’s not a lot we’re doing wrong.”

Meanwhile, Bowyer also provided an injury update with Jake Forster-Caskey and Ryan Inniss the only absentees ahead of the weekend.

“Jake has a slight hamstring injury, but it’s not too bad,” he explained.

“He’ll miss this weekend, but he won’t be out long.

“Ryan [Inniss] had his scan and the specialist said we can step things up. He has another scan in two weeks, after that we’re hoping he can crack on properly and be in and around us not long after that.

“Akin [Famewo] came through the U23s game well, so we’ll look to put him in the squad now. It’s a bit too soon for him to start, but he’ll be in and around us.

“Conor [Washington] is back fit now, so we have three strikers to choose from on Saturday. He’s been out for a couple of weeks, so we have to manage him over the next couple of days.

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