Charlton saw their winless run extend to seven Championship matches on Saturday as the fell to a 3-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday at The Valley.
Macauley Bonne cancelled out Steven Fletcher’s opening strike inside the first half, but the Sheffield Wednesday striker then gave his side the lead in the 80th minute before Atdhe Nuhiu sealed the points in stoppage time.
The result means Lee Bowyer’s injury-hit side are now sitting 17th in the Championship table following back-to-back defeats last week, but the Addicks managed to deliver a more encouraging performance against the Owls.
This came despite Bowyer only being able to name five substitutes on the bench for Saturday’s clash, but the Charlton boss will be hoping he has more players back available for their trip to face fellow strugglers Middlesbrough next weekend.
Here are three things we learnt from Charlton’s latest outing…
Charlton are managing to deliver battling performances despite injury woes
Charlton’s recent run of form would suggest they are in serious trouble following a more encouraging start to the season, but their woes can largely be owed to their significant injury troubles rather than poor performances.
The Addicks delivered a resilient showing after scoring their first-half equaliser, and it was simply the players’ tiredness that saw them let up their guard in the closing stages as Wednesday netted two late goals to seal the win.
The club’s supporters can take some solace from the fact their side did not roll over easily despite their problems, but it is now looking increasingly important that Charlton break their winless run as soon as possible.
Alfie Doughty staked his claim to further minutes following a bright showing
Doughty has recently been recalled from his loan spell at Bromley amid Charlton’s ongoing injury crisis, and he delivered an impressive showing after being handed his first league start for the club against the Owls.
The 19-year-old stepped up to the mark on his big day as he looked assured on the ball, and he even provided a well-worked assist for Bonne’s strike as he surged down the left flank before skidding the ball into box.
His lack of first-team experience was admittedly evident at times during the afternoon, but he ultimately looked focused and determined to impress, with his display acting as the latest proof that Charlton have plenty of talent in their academy.
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Charlton’s next match against Middlesbrough is starting to look increasingly vital
Bowyer will have been pleased with his side’s overall performance against an experienced Championship outfit on Saturday, but it is now reaching the point where picking up much-needed points is the most important thing.
They have a great chance to kick-start an upturn in form against a 20th-placed Middlesbrough side next weekend, and the fact they could also have some injury players back in the side will given them further motivation.
South London Press have reported that talisman Lyle Taylor will make the trip to face Jonathan Woodgate’s side, and his mere presence should give the Addicks a boost as they search for their first victory since mid-October.