Lee Bowyer: Sunderland will find Charlton a tough proposition on home turf – our fans have been unreal

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Lee Bowyer reckons his Charlton Athletic side will be a different proposition for Sunderland in today’s game at The Valley.

The Black Cats have been given the whole of the Jimmy Seed stand – over 3,000 of their supporters making the trip to SE7 – and the gate is expected to exceed 15,000.

The Addicks lost at the Stadium of Light on the opening weekend of the season in August.

But Bowyer has praised Charlton fans for the way they have got behind his team this season.

“It’s a big match for us because we want to try and stay in touch of the leaders in front of us,” he said. “They are a good side.

“They have got their big striker [Charlie] Wyke back from injury now and he’s a good player.

“It’s going to be tough, they have won a lot of games.

“But we played well up there and have got to do the same here.

“Our fans have been unreal here and that’s what we need again for this match. There is a good relationship between the players and fans. It is going to be completely different for them [Sunderland]. It’s going to be tough for them – we’re a very, very good side at home.

“I’m looking forward to it. I think it will be a good game of football.”

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