Charlton made it back-to-back wins with their 2-1 victory over Burton Albion on Tuesday night, with another goal from Lyle Taylor and a brilliant header from Ben Reeves ensuring all three points remained at The Valley.
There were a number of performances worthy of praise as an Addicks side surely suffering from some form of fatigue after their high intensity display against Portsmouth at the weekend kept up the tempo on the way to a crucial win.
However, one player drew particular recognition from Lee Bowyer, who said this after the clash:
“Josh [Cullen] protected the back four so well and then when he wins it his distribution is very good. Josh is a very good player. He breaks it up, he seemed to be everywhere to me, especially watching from above.”
Indeed, the West Ham loanee cut a dominant figure at the base of midfield in the absence of Krystian Bielik – the Pole sustained a hamstring injury in the win over Pompey – and looked far better in that role than he has been previously when deployed further afield in Bowyer’s diamond.
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The 22-year-old could be set to continue in that deeper position for the trip to Bristol Rovers this weekend, with Bielik likely to be ruled out of the clash if his hamstring hasn’t improved in the coming days.
Bowyer doesn’t want to take any risks with the Arsenal loanee and will surely feel less desperate to rush the impressive 21-year-old back in after Cullen’s dominant showing. One assumes that, if not for Bielik, Cullen would be Charlton’s regular enforcer anyway.