BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Wigan Athletic have only scored in three of their nine matches this season – but Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer reckons goals are hard to come by in the Championship.
The Addicks failed to score for the first time this season when they lost 1-0 at home to Birmingham on Saturday. And they could be without top-scorer Lyle Taylor for around two months with knee ligament damage.
Charlton head to Wigan this weekend – with 860 away tickets sold. Paul Cook’s side won 3-2 on the opening day at home to Cardiff. Since then they have scored in a 3-1 loss at QPR and last weekend’s 2-2 draw at Hull City.
“It’s tough to score in this league – we witnessed that last week,” said Bowyer. “As many chances as you create, people chuck their bodies in front of it. They put their bodies on the line in this division. They are good at it.
“If you do score then you have earned it, nine times out of 10.
“I don’t look too much about how many goals they have scored. They are always going to be a threat. They are good at set-pieces, you don’t have to be good at scoring to score a set-piece.
“I think again that the first goal is going to be massive, so important. They are a hard-working side and their manager is experienced. He’s got a good group. They went up a couple of years ago and have stayed in the division because they are hard working. We’re going to have to match that, for sure.”
Bowyer admits he would have been in the market for Kieffer Moore and Jamal Lowe this summer if Charlton had been given a significant transfer kitty.
Instead he went shopping in the free market with Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet not looking to increasing spending.
“He [Moore] is one I would take – but we couldn’t afford him,” said Bowyer. “I would have taken the pair of them but they were out of our price range.
“[Lowe] is a good player. He is in a different position now, playing behind the frontmen, and he looks good there. He is good in possession and has got pace. He is definitely going to be one of their main threats.”