Lee Bowyer heaps praise on Ben Purrington

Charlton travel southeast this weekend to face Plymouth Argyle and will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to nine games, thus cementing their place in the play-offs further.

The Addicks have been excellent from back to front in recent weeks despite injuries and the congested fixture schedule, with every man performing to a solid level each time they’ve taken to the field.

Former Plymouth man Ben Purrington is likely to make a return to Home Park this weekend with Lewis Page having only just returned to training this week.

Ahead of the game, Lee Bowyer has heaped praise on and provided some constructive criticism for the former:

“I think he’s done a great job. He’s steadied us down that side. He’s definitely something we needed. He gives us that balance we didn’t have for weeks. I think he’s done a great job.

“Defensively I think he’s done very well. In the final third he needs to work on his final ball but he’s a young lad and he knows that and he trys. Apart from that I’ve been very happy with him and the way he has settled into the side.”

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Indeed, 22-year-old Purrington has chalked up just two assists this campaign from 38 league appearances and it certainly could be more if he can improve his delivery, something Bowyer also said is a strength of Page’s game.

If 5 ft 10 Purrington can’t improve in the final third, could his place in the starting XI be up for grabs once Page returns to full fitness? It all depends on what Bowyer wants from his left-back.

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