BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Lee Bowyer says he can’t praise his squad highly enough after the 1-0 home win over early season favourites Leeds United.
Macauley Bonne’s first Charlton goal just after half-an-hour into his full Championship debut proved to be the only one of the game as the Addicks defended purposefully throughout the game to deny their high-flying visitors.
The win was a first in three for the South Londoners and Bowyer was delighted to take three points against the side he made over 250 appearances for during his playing career.
“To beat, for me, the best team in the league is always a great achievement,” said the Charlton boss.
“I thought we deserved it. Obviously, we’re going to be under a bit of pressure at times. Everyone that Leeds play are under pressure. How quickly they move the ball, how quickly they break on you.
“I knew it was going to be tough. But we held our own. Tactically, we got it spot on. I think from start to finish, we know we’ve got a group of players who will put their bodies on the line time and time again. I can’t praise them anymore. They’re a group that never say die. Today, to get three points, just shows how far we’ve come as a club.
“The game plan was to try and start with four at the back and then try and press them high. Because of the way they play out, we could never really set ourselves for the press. Once we went to the back three, which was always the plan, I thought they struggled. Against a back three, they don’t create as many chances. We restricted them.
“I’ve got the utmost respect Leeds. Their fans, the management. I watched Leeds two years ago before he took over and they weren’t very good. Now, they’re a top side and that’s down to the management and his staff. I would never say it means more as three points is three points no matter who you’re playing. I’ll be saying the same thing on Wednesday.”
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