BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer is ready for the visit of former club Leeds United tomorrow – and has ruled out going defensive against the Championship leaders.
The Addicks are looking to snap a two-match losing streak but face a huge test against Marcelo Bielsa’s side, who have the best defensive record in the division and also produce the most chances on goal.
Asked if that could see Charlton sit deep and try to be hard to break down, former Leeds midfielder Bowyer said: “No – because everyone does that.
“They all let them play out from the back and let them play their game. And we don’t play like that. We’d be silly to change that. We still have to try and win the game.
“No-one expects us to win. We’ll just go out and have a go.
“We’re not going to go and change everything around just because we play Leeds. We respect them. I very, very highly respect them and their manager – I’ve said before that that he has done with that side is unbelievable, frightening.”
Some bookies were offering 5/1 on a Charlton win.
“I’d just say that is the reality of it,” said Bowyer. “We have had a decent start, you can’t deny that, but they should be playing Premier League this year – they should have gone up.
“They are the best side in the league.
“It is like when Manchester City play a team that has just come up from the Championship, that would be their odds. They are very similar to Manchester City in the way they play. So I can understand that [the odds]. But we’re at home. It will be nearly a full house – the place is going to be rocking.
“My lads give me 100 per cent every time they step on the pitch. We’ve probably got a better chance than people think.”
PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD