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Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has revealed what he thinks is the reason behind his side’s excellent start to life back in the Championship.
The Addicks earned promotion with a dramatic late winner against Sunderland in the League One playoff final last term, and have begun life back in the second tier in unbelievable fashion.
Bowyer has overseen four wins and two draws from the south Londoners’ first six games back in the Championship, with Charlton one of three teams not to lose a game along with Swansea and West Brom.
Speaking to London News Online, the 42-year-old said: “The players just don’t stop until the end. That makes a massive difference. Our fitness is different to other teams – we are getting stronger at the end of games.
“I think [the fitness] is down to the way we train. Our intensity in training is really, really high. Other clubs might not train at the same intensity.”
The Championship is one of the most gruelling divisions in Europe with a whopping total of 46 games to play across the campaign.
The players’ bodies will undoubtedly be tested at times, and injuries are a given for most sides.
Whilst technical ability and being able to put the ball in the back of the net is obviously crucial, having the weapon of outlasting your opponents and picking them off when they are at their weakest is also a wonderful trait to have amongst the squad – it certainly bodes well for the Addicks’ hopes of a successful season.
Bowyer also said that the aim is to simply stay in the Championship and re-establish themselves in the division, although if his charges are able to perform at a high level consistently for 90 minutes, there is no reason why they cannot aim their sights a bit higher.