Charlton aren’t far away from their biggest game of the season and perhaps the last few years, with promotion at their fingertips this weekend, although fellow Championship hopefuls Sunderland stand in their way.
Lee Bowyer addressed the media ahead of the Wembley Stadium date and suggested that the Addicks’ close call at The Valley last time out has prepared his players for the high stakes clash.
Well, answering all the key questions on Friday afternoon, the former midfielder said:
?LB: “The occasion got to us a bit in the second leg so that’s put our younger players in better stead for Sunday. The atmosphere and the noise affected a few of them, but now they’ve had that experience and they will be ready for Sunday, for sure.” #cafc
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) May 24, 2019
Indeed, the SE7 outfit eventually emerged victorious on penalties having conceded three away goals to Donny – a bump in an otherwise smooth road to the play-off final.
Prior to the close shave at The Valley on Friday, Charlton had won eight of their last nine matches, including the 2-1 first-leg victory over Donny that set them up for what should have been a simple home game.
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While some managers may have seen the near-capitulation as a reason to worry ahead of the final, Bowyer indicates that it was a crucial lesson learned for the younger members of the squad who are yet to be part of such an important match.
It is yet more fantastic man-management from the boss who has taken the club from agony to ecstasy in such an incredibly short period of time.
The likes of Albie Morgan and George Lapslie will certainly be thankful for the tense second-leg come Sunday, when experience counts as much as flair and technical ability. Charlton had been cruising until their last outing and that reality check couldn’t have come at a better time.