Charlton Athletic suffered their fifth defeat of the season on Sunday afternoon as high-flying Preston ran out as 1-0 winners during the two sides’ meeting at The Valley.
Lee Bowyer’s side delivered an underwhelming performance against the Lilywhites, with Paul Gallagher scoring the only goal of the match from the spot for the visitors following Jason Pearces’ foul on Jayden Stockley.
The result meant the Addicks failed to follow up on their stoppage-time 2-2 draw with West Brom the previous week, and the South London outfit are now sitting 10th in the Championship table heading into their next match against Millwall.
Bowyer will have a number of selection decisions to make ahead of the short trip to The Den, with the Charlton boss perhaps considering making some changes to the Charlton starting line-up following a disappointing performance.
Here are two players at risk of being dropped from the Addicks side…
Sarr has made eight league appearances in defence for Charlton this term, which means he has been in and out of the side since the start of the season, and he did not deliver a vintage performance against Preston.
The 26-year-old was making his second consecutive start for Bowyer’s side, but he struggled during Sunday’s match as he lacked composure in possession and often looked at risk of committing a defensive error.
This saw the defender substituted for Jonathan Leko at half-time as Bowyer made a formation switch, and this decision means it seems likely that Sarr will be dropped to the bench for Charlton’s upcoming trip to Millwall.
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The Brighton loanee made just his second start for Charlton during the Preston clash, with injury problems having severely restricted his playing time for Bowyer’s side this campaign.
Kayal delivered a solid first-half performance at The Valley, but he started to look progressively more jaded as the game developed, and he may now be named on the bench next weekend if Bowyer wants to manage his game time correctly.
The likes of Erhun Oztumer and George Lapslie will now be pushing for a starting spot in Charlton’s midfield, and it might well be the case that Oztumer gets the nod ahead of Kayal next time out, as the former Bolton man can provide more of an attacking outlet for his side.