BY LOUIS MENDEZ
A point on the road against the league leaders isn’t to be sniffed at, but Lee Bowyer was disappointed not to come away with more despite Josh Cullen’s added-time equaliser at ten-man West Brom.
Charlton were behind early on thanks to Matt Phillips’ goal but took the game to their opponents and eventually drew level on the hour-mark through Macauley Bonne’s fifth goal in six outings.
The hosts were then reduced to ten men as Nathan Ferguson was dismissed but seemed to have won it thanks to Hal Robson-Kanu’s strike ten minutes from time.
But a foul on Naby Sarr deep into added-time gave Cullen the opportunity to level things up again from the spot and rescue a deserved point.
“I was thinking ‘how is this going to happen again’,” said Bowyer, after his side were beaten by a ten-man Bristol City in midweek.
“It can’t, surely. They went 2-1 up and I was thinking ‘no.’ But, I believe we’re always going to create chances because we did all game. It’s just whether we would take one. We got the penalty and Josh steps up and puts it in. The least we deserved was a point. I would have been devastated and it would have been a hell of a drive home if we got nothing from it.
“Again, the players gave everything. Tactically the players got it right again. First-half, we were by far better than them. We created a lot of chances but didn’t take them, the same as Wednesday. If you look at the game overall, a point is probably fair but I’m disappointed that we ain’t had more because if you go by clear-cut chances, we should have won the game in my eyes.
“We turned it around (after going behind) and we started to move it around, we did what we are good at in that first-half. We moved the ball quickly and they couldn’t really get near us first-half. We created chance after chance and didn’t take it. Macauley got his goal eventually and that was probably the bit of luck we deserved for the performance.
“[Cullen] practices penalties all the time. He had some courage. He put it high as well, which was even more courage.
“It’s been a tough week. To come away with four points against the three sides that we’ve played, and probably should have had more than that, it’s been a decent week. We’ve got a 24-man squad and 10 are not fit. It just shows how well they’re doing and that the recruitment was good in the summer.”
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