MX23RW : Sunday, November 29 02:21:35| >> :120:35055:35055:
Dec 26, 2019 at 3pm UK at The Valley
Attendance: 18,058
CharltonCharlton Athletic
3-2
Bristol City
Bonne (40', 77'), Doughty (82')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Weimann (46'), Eliasson (60')

Lee Bowyer admits Charlton did not deserve comeback win over Bristol City

Lee Bowyer admits Charlton did not deserve comeback win over Bristol City
© Reuters
Lee Bowyer had plenty to say about his young players following full-time.

Lee Bowyer performed a passable impression of Ebenezer Scrooge as he praised his Charlton side through gritted teeth for their stirring 3-2 comeback victory over Bristol City.

Whether it was praising match-winning youngster Alfie Doughty, who scored his first career goal five days after turning 20, two-goal Macauley Bonne or hard-working teenage midfielder Albie Morgan, Bowyer hardly offered up much Christmas goodwill.

He was, however, grateful that his side had recorded their first win in 12 games to maintain an eight-point gap between themselves and the bottom four.

Bowyer said: "I don't know how many times we've been leading and not held on. Did we deserve all three today? Probably not. But I will take it.

"I'm pleased for Alfie, as sometimes he switches off. He reacted today. I wanted to drum it in that he has to arrive at the far post. He got his reward.

"I don't really know him. He's been with the under-23s. I've had a go at him a few times. He does things that drive me mad. All of the 23s they lose the ball and walk, and then beat themselves up.

"That's not the real game. Alfie was with us pre-season as we had hardly any players. To be fair to him, he bought into it, then became a different player. Now he's doing the right thing and not just sulking.

"He's a young lad who is learning but whenever you tell him something he takes it in on board."

Doughty spent the first part of the season on loan at non-league Bromley playing Vanarama National League football, as did Bonne with Leyton Orient last season. He set up Doughty's winner after scoring Charlton's first two goals himself.

Bowyer added: "Macca (Bonne) is too nice and too soft at times. It drives me mad. I want him to use his strength.

"I played with (Alan) Shearer, probably the most horrible striker I've played with, and I want Macca to become like that. It's not rocket science, I just want him to be more hungry and stronger. The kid can finish, they were great finishes."

Bowyer's grumpiness properly came out when it came to Morgan.

He said: "That second goal should never have happened – that's why Albie went on loan.

"He's a long way away, he's a 19-year-old learning the game. We can't afford just to keep playing him, we will keep conceding goals.

"If we had senior midfielders back, Albie would not be playing. Is he doing well? Yes. But he needs to learn the other side of the game. It's not just him. But he's doing well, he's been thrown in at the deep end.

"They are doing everything they can, but they are just kids. We're running out of players. We've had four knee injuries since before Christmas."

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson had greater justification for complaining given that his side had turned around a 1-0 half-time deficit with goals from Andreas Weimann and substitute Niclas Eliasson before allowing Charlton back into the match.

Johnson said: "It was individual errors. If you look at the goals back, you'd be disappointed at the errors.

"We got ourselves into a great position and it gave us a boost. I thought in the second half we showed what we were about. There were positives, but it is difficult if you make errors like that. It was the bits that we work on, the fundamentals of our defending.

"We had a couple of good possession patches, but their front two caused us problems. They were bruisers and bumped us.

"We're trying to keep a consistency at the moment, but the individuals need to be consistent. I think we can still be successful this season.

"It is fine margins and Charlton will be very happy with that today. We were relatively comfortable and if we can wind time back to 70 minutes we should have seen it out."

ID:384092:cQx

Click here for more stories about Lee Bowyer

Click here for more stories about Bristol City

Share this article now:
Did you know...?
Conor Gallagher celebrates scoring for Charlton Athletic on August 10, 2019
Read Next:
Burnley to move for Chelsea youngster?
>
Latest Sports Video
Sports Mole Logo
Enter your email address to subscribe to Sports Mole's free daily transfer newsletter! Sent twice a day during the transfer window.

rhs 2.0
Todays Game Header Right
Premier League
Championship
FA Cup
La Liga
Serie A
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Scottish League Cup
Turkish Super Lig
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Swiss Super League
Russian Premier League
Ukrainian Premier League
Norwegian Eliteserien
Swedish Allsvenskan
Danish Superliga
Welsh Premier League
Segunda Division
Serie B
2.Bundesliga
Eerste Divisie
Major League Soccer
Brasileiro
Argentine Primera Division
Uruguayan Primera Division
Liga MX
J1 League
Gallagher Premiership
NFL
6pm
Giants
@
Bengals
6pm
Chargers
@
Bills
6pm
Titans
@
Colts
6pm
Raiders
@
Falcons
6pm
Browns
@
Jags
6pm
Dolphins
@
Jets
6pm
Cardinals
@
Patriots
6pm
Panthers
@
Vikings
6.15pm
Ravens
@
Steelers
9.05pm
Saints
@
Broncos
9.05pm
49ers
@
Rams
9.25pm
Chiefs
@
Buccaneers
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich148421811728
2Bournemouth1476123131027
3Reading148242318526
4Bristol City147341714324
5Brentford146532013723
6Watford136521811723
7Swansea CitySwansea13652158723
8Stoke CityStoke146442118322
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn1463527161121
10Middlesbrough13562148621
11Millwall144821210220
12Luton TownLuton145451117-619
13Huddersfield TownHuddersfield145361819-118
14Cardiff CityCardiff144551713417
15Queens Park RangersQPR144551620-417
16Barnsley144461516-116
17Birmingham CityBirmingham143741012-216
18Preston North EndPreston145181721-416
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham143471418-413
20Coventry CityCoventry143471424-1013
21Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest13337916-712
22Wycombe WanderersWycombe14248720-1310
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds14356712-58
24Derby CountyDerby14149621-157

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!