Goals from Lyle Taylor and Naby Sarr gave Charlton Athletic a point against Queens Park Rangers in the Championship on Saturday.
Twice QPR took the lead at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and twice they were pegged back – Taylor scored his sixth goal of the season on his first start since August to draw Charlton level just before the hour-mark.
QPR took an early lead through Geoff Cameron and again through Marc Pugh with twenty-minutes to go, but it was Sarr who popped up with his second goal in as many games to steal a point for the Addicks.
Lee Bowyer’s side are now without a win in 11 Championship games and have only won once since the start of October, finding themselves in 18th going into the Boxing Day fixtures.
Here we take a look at three things we’ve learned about Charlton after the weekend:
Charlton are a better side with Lyle Taylor
An obvious one, but Charlton are a much better side with Taylor in it. When their star man picked up his injury back in August, Bowyer and co didn’t think it’d have too much of an adverse effect on their performances… but oh how it has.
Taylor’s spell on the sideline coincided with that of several first-team players at Charlton, who’ve continued to battle through a very real injury crisis.
But with Taylor returning and the injury list gradually shortening, Charlton can only look onwards and upwards and regarding Taylor, they’ll be desperate to keep hold of him in January.
Bowyer’s side showed a degree of ‘fighting spirit’ to twice come from behind at QPR on Saturday. The home side looked set to claim a comfortable win and they should’ve done in all fairness, but for the tenacity of Charlton and their unwillingness to give up on the game.
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It was typical of Bowyer as a footballer and if his side are to secure their Championship status into next season, which should be the imperative for Charlton as it stands, then they’ll need a lot more of that courage in the coming weeks.
Naby Sarr – goal machine?
With two goals in two games now, Charlton look like they have a new hero on their hands. Sarr finished like a weathered pro in the final minutes of the game at QPR for his third of the season and when Bowyer has players all over the pitch scoring goals, it takes a bit of the pressure off players like Taylor.
It’s a bonus when your defenders are chipping in with the goals but it’s a bit of luck that Charlton need right now, and if a few others can tap in the odd goal then it should see them through to a comfortable finish in the Championship.