Charlton boss Lee Bowyer delighted as Addicks battle to win at league leaders Pompey

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer was delighted as his side battled to three points at League One leaders Portsmouth.

First-half goals from Karlan Grant and Nicky Ajose were enough to earn the three points for the South Londoners. Andre Green pulled one back for the hosts with three minutes left to play before former Millwall man Ben Thompson was shown a straight red card in added time.

The Addicks held on to record their fifth win in the last six league games.

“Fully deserved I think, as an overall performance,” said Bowyer after the Addicks’ second win in two years at Fratton Park.

“First-half we were the better side and dominated the ball. We knew we couldn’t come here and compete with them physically with them from the start. You can tell that at the end. They’re a strong physical side. They’re good at what they do. You can see why they’re top.

Charlton Athletic’s Lyle Taylor celebrates Karlan Grant (not pictured) scoring his side’s first goal of the game

“Once we got the ball we moved it and kept it well. We had to out pass them and we did that first-half. Second-half it was difficult. They flooded the box and kept hitting long diagonals and playing for second balls. Our back-four and keeper defended so well. I don’t know how many headers they did today – they’ll have a headache in the morning.

“Everyone put a shift in. It’s so good for me. I know they can play football like they did in the first-half. But to dig deep like they did in the last twenty minutes, putting their bodies on the line.

“George Lapslie has been kicked in the face twice, Krystian Bielik has been elbowed in the face. Mark Marshall has damaged ribs, Lyle Taylor a big lump on his foot. I just hope they’re OK for Saturday.

“If we had taken care of it a bit better – we created two v ones – if we just took care of that final bit and score one more then it’s game over. But that’s not like us, we have to do it the difficult way. But I’m being nit-picky there.”

4 thoughts on “Charlton boss Lee Bowyer delighted as Addicks battle to win at league leaders Pompey

  • 11th December 2018 at 11:19 pm
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    Great game lads a well earned 3 points keep it up

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  • 11th December 2018 at 11:42 pm
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    Pompey fan BUT the best football team in league are LUTON. AND have a little double with LIVERPOOL !! 15/1 the double !! Either team will win league BOTH will be a monster bonus! Peterborough average. Sunderland punching above their weight!! Man City should be concentrating more. Liverpool all round a solid team with a game plan.

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  • 12th December 2018 at 12:20 am
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    Sorry Lee its not deserved at all. It’s easy to blame refs but this ref was so bad he had to be seen to be believed. It’s a minor miracle that someone didn’t run on the pitch and deck him with the level of anger he caused. Ball clearly out of play for a throw in for Charlton 2nd goal, hence why Pompey defence all stopped. 17000 people, both Charlton and Pompey players all saw that ball go out of play but the ref and lino somehow didn’t or pretended not to. And the red card definitely wasn’t justified either. Easy to win when the ref helps you along eh Lee!

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    • 12th December 2018 at 11:41 am
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      hahaha stop whinging MK, replays shown that the 2nd goal was fine, whole ball did not cross the line and whilst I agree Thompson’s red was harsh he should have been sent off much earlier anyway for the elbow into Bielik’s face!

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