Charlton Athletic boss reveals key thing his side need to do – or they’ll lose to Portsmouth


Charlton go hunting a win double over Portsmouth when they host the South Coast outfit on Saturday evening – with boss Lee Bowyer warning they must win the physical battle.

Goals from Karlan Grant and Nicky Ajose – both no longer with the Addicks – earned a 2-1 victory at Fratton Park earlier in the campaign.

Grant, pictured above, was sold to Huddersfield Town in January while Ajose was loaned out to Mansfield Town.

Both clubs are in play-off positions, with Pompey slipping out of the automatic promotion slots in recent weeks.

“The run-in is always going to be hard because everyone is fighting for something,” said Bowyer. “Portsmouth are a good side, they were in the top two for most of the season.

“It is going to be hard and it is going to be physical, like when we played them at their place. We have to match them physically – if we don’t then we lose.

“Then we have to play our football. We have to start taking our chances.

“I’m not so worried because we are playing well and creating chances. If we weren’t playing well and creating chances then I’d be worried. It’s just a matter of time before we click again and start taking our chances.

“Other teams are defending for their lives and chucking their bodies in front of the ball, which they might not have done a month or two ago.

“It’s just difficult at the moment to win games. But it’s not just us. Portsmouth have found the same and so have Peterborough and Doncaster. 

“The only two that have kicked on and kept winning are the top two – and that’s why they are there.”

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