Lee Bowyer bemoans worst possible outcome as Charlton are taken to FA Cup 1st round replay by Mansfield Town

Lee Bowyer says that Charlton’s 1-1 FA Cup draw at Mansfield was the worst possible outcome for his depleted side as they now have to add a replay into their congested fixture list.

Toby Stevenson’s fourth goal in two games for the Addicks seventeen minutes from time cancelled out CJ Hamilton’s first-half opener to ensure the two sides will have to do it all again the at The Valley in the week after next.

It also meant that the South Londoners’ EFL Trophy tie with Swansea u21s will have to be played in just two day’s time – the game was going to be moved to the week after if no replay was required after the FA Cup clash with the Stags.

“You stay in the cup but that’s the worst outcome possible for us,” said Bowyer.

“Now we’ve got to play Tuesday. A lot of them out there today have got to play 48 hours later. It’s ridiculous. It is what it is though, you can’t change it.

We should have won the game though. We missed three clear-cut chances first-half. Nicky had a one v one second-half. We weren’t ruthless enough. We didn’t play well first-half. We were poor. Didn’t pass the ball. Second-half we were a little bit better overall disappointing for me today.”

Mansfield Town’s Jordan Graham (left) and Charlton Athletic’s Billy Clarke (right) battle for the ball

Bowyer was able to hand a first appearance in 11 months to Billy Clarke. The Irishman suffered an ACL injury last December and came off the bench with twenty minutes left to play at Field Mill.

“It’s great to see him back,” admitted Bowyer.

“He’s been out for so long. It must have been frustrating for him. I just wanted to get him on for some minutes, just to get a feel of it again. When I brought him on, he doesn’t give the ball away. I put him at the bottom of the diamond and he got on the ball and tried to make things happen. I’m really pleased for him.”

Stevenson bundled home from a corner to keep the tie alive for the Addicks, but he was one of the few men who performed on the day according to Bowyer.

“I thought [Stevenson] played well today. This is the first proper game, I’d say, that he’s played. The Checkatrade one you can’t really count that. But I thought he handled himself well. I don’t think he knew much about the goal but I thought he did well.

“Anfernee Dijksteel was outstanding today. Dillon Phillips made some good saves. But apart from that not much to rave about.”

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