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3 lessons Charlton need to take from last season to ensure this season is a success

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Charlton have had an excellent start to the season since their promotion from League One in the last campaign.

They have battled with some of the Championship’s top teams and recorded victories over sides such as Leeds, Blackburn and Reading.

Lee Bowyer has worked wonders since he joined the club, and he is now helping the Addicks produce some great football in the second tier of English football.

He’s determined to keep up their impressive start, and will be hoping that it doesn’t drop off, or that the latest international break doesn’t halt any early season confidence.

There are still things to improve upon after a couple of defeats of late, and here are THREE lessons Charlton need to take from last season…

Over reliant

Bowyer’s side have struggled to score as many goals since Lyle Taylor was forced out of the side due to injury, there have been some fixtures where the Addicks have created a number of chances but haven’t had the right man on the end of it.

They have to become less reliant on Taylor, and make sure that they still pose a threat to opposition teams without him. Bowyer’s switch to 3-5-2 helped that problem in recent weeks, but it’ll be interesting to see if he sticks with it when Taylor returns

Fitness levels/rotation

This is key, and the Addicks have looked out on their feet after playing in midweek at times. A good example of that was the game against Swansea which was played on a Wednesday night.

They were leading 1-0, and after a first-half where they created plenty, Bowyer’s side couldn’t keep with the pace of the game in the second-half and Swansea ran out as 2-1 winners at the Valley.

He must know the players to rotate and at the right times.

Loanees in January

They need to bring in fresh legs in the January transfer window, and loans might be the best way to go out about doing this.

The Addicks almost ran out of steam at times in fixtures last season, and were lucky to get through to the play-off final after a penalty shootout victory.

They need to make sure that doesn’t happen this season, especially if they have something to play for heading into the last ten fixtures.

Will Charlton finish in the top six?

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