Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has hailed his side’s performance last night, as they kept Fulham at bay in a 0-0 draw in the Championship.
Scott Parker, a former Charlton academy graduate, took his Fulham side across the capital last night to face an out-of-form Charlton side.
The Addicks have now won just one of their last 18 in the Championship, and find themselves in 19th with a point last night – six points above Barnsley in 22nd.
Though it’s the second time this month that Charlton have welcomed top-three opposition and taken a point – West Brom visited The Valley earlier in the month, and settled for a 2-2 draw.
Speaking to www.cafc.co.uk after last night’s game, Bowyer said:
“It’s a decent point against a very, very good Fulham side. They had good players everywhere that can hurt you and they’re comfortable in possession. Their centre-halves are good players. They don’t care and they take chances at times but they move the ball well.”
Fulham dominated the stats last night – Parker’s side had 68% of the ball throughout the 90-minutes and had 11 shots on goal compared to Charlton’s four.
But Bowyer’s side had their opportunities to score. Alfie Doughty and Jonny Williams both with good opportunities to give the home side the lead last night, but Fulham’s defence stood firm.
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“None of my players switched off and we were excellent defensively and, on another night, we might have nicked it,” explained Bowyer.
“Alfie [Doughty] went through and had a chance. There was great defending at the end there when Lyle [Taylor] went through and whipped in a cross, Jonny [Williams] has got a tap in and the fella outstretched the leg to block it.
“Tonight, I’m really proud of the players. They gave me everything like they always do and on another night, we could have taken all three points. But I’m happy with one.”
Although Charlton have a terrible win ratio over the last two months, they picked up another impressive point last night with a sturdy display. Fulham are one of the best attacking teams in the league and even without Aleksandar Mitrovic, they remain a threat to any opponent.
But the defence was everything for Bowyer last night and they ended the evening fully deserving of the point. More points are needed though and Charlton will have to use this result to try and string together a run, and bring themselves further away from the drop zone.