Lee Bowyer heaps praise on Charlton defence but says they should score more goals

Charlton host Luton Town at The Valley on Saturday with the aim of climbing closer to the automatic promotion spots and extending their unbeaten run to 11 games.

They face tough opposition in the form of the league leaders though, who are on a fantastic run themselves.

Mick Harford’s side score goals for fun and this game will be the classic case of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object; Luton rarely strike out and the Addicks have kept four clean sheets in their last four games, something Lee Bowyer has been particularly pleased with.

He said: “We always feel like we’re going to score goals, and we should score more sometimes. As a team, it starts from the front, your hard work to stop them passing the ball forward, and then when it does finally get to the goalie situation then you make saves, it’s everybody you know.

“But yeah, it’s hard work, the lads are working so hard at the moment and clean sheets are massive, and I’m really pleased for them that they’re getting rewarded for the hard work.”

Particularly in the midweek win over strugglers Wycombe the Addicks had to fight for every ball – the clash was extremely physical but Bowyer’s side were up to the task as they battled their way to a third straight win.

Having a watertight defence is all well and good but if you can’t score goals then you won’t get wins. Fortunately though, Lyle Taylor has come into great form since the January departure of then-top-scorer Karlan Grant, but Bowyer hints that his side should still be doing better in front of goal.

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The Valley outfit have won by two goals or more just once in their last ten games, with 2-1 the most frequent scoreline. If the Addicks are to secure automatic promotion, then they must start putting their chances away more often as it only takes one corner, one counter-attack or one set-piece to lose or draw a game.