BY LOUIS MENDEZ
Lee Bowyer admitted Charlton were below par during Sunday lunchtime’s defeat against Preston.
The Addicks were edged out 1-0 thanks to a Paul Gallagher penalty midway through the second period of a game where Bowyer’s side struggled to get into their rhythm for long parts.
“From the start we didn’t really do the things we’re good at,” said Bowyer, after his side fell to a third defeat in their last six outings.
“Sloppy in possession. And then we didn’t move the ball the way we normally move the ball.We couldn’t handle the big fella up-top first-half, I thought. There’s a lot of things that wasn’t right today. Unfortunately, we can’t afford to have days like that, because we all have to be at it. If we’re not, then we’re completely different.
“[Preston] are a good experienced side, an established Championship side and they’re improving all the time and getting better and better each year, higher and higher in the league. I didn’t think they were much better than us. We had just as many good moments as they had, I’d say, in front of goal but they won it on a penalty. Not good, to lose that way.
“So yes, it’s frustrating.”
Alex Neil’s side, who climbed to the top of the Championship table with victory, further frustrated their hosts by employing some extreme game management techniques to break up the flow of the contest.
“We started well second half but then we gave the penalty away and you’re chasing – their experience just killed the game,” added the Addicks boss.
“And then, going down, laying down. It’s happening all the time now and our problem is we don’t do it, we don’t do those type of things. Maybe we’re just a bit inexperienced but that’s part of the game now, unfortunately.
“I don’t think you can teach it. What you do is tell people to roll around on the floor every time you get touched -not fouled, but touched. I’m not going to tell my players to do that.
“We were really off today. We’ve played 15 games now. You’re going to have the odd one. I accept that, so the most important thing for now is that we get ready for next week, because we definitely can’t be off when we go there. That won’t be good. We’ll be in tomorrow and will start preparing for the Millwall game.”
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