BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lee Bowyer is confident Lyle Taylor can avoid a booking in the next four matches – starting with Saturday’s trip to AFC Wimbledon – and avoid yet another suspension.
The Addicks’ top-scorer made his return from a three-game ban in last weekend’s stalemate with Doncaster.
And Taylor was cautioned in that fixture, meaning he is on nine yellows in the 2018-19 campaign.
One more would mean an automatic two-match ban. Krystian Bielik will sit out the derby at the Cherry Red Records Stadium after moving into double figures for bookings.
Disciplinary records are wiped after game week 37 in the EFL.
Bowyer said: “I’d like to think he [Taylor] can stay out of trouble, if you want to put it like that.
“But even on Saturday I didn’t think he deserved a booking. He didn’t do anything. He was on the floor and the fella started hitting him while he was on the floor.
“He didn’t even react. He might have tried to push the fella off him, but wouldn’t you?
“I think maybe he is getting a bit targeted by referees. We can’t control that.
“I like to think he’ll go the next four without a booking and I’ll be telling him again to just stay out of the way.”
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