Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has heaped praise on the club’s fans ahead of their weekend clash with Derby County at The Valley.
The Addicks have enjoyed a strong start to life back in the Championship following their League One play-off win and the manager was eager to ensure the fans were given credit for their part.
“Our fans have been unbelievable, home and away,” Bowyer told his pre-match press conference on Thursday, reported by the club’s official Twitter account.
“I think they recognise what a big part they play. At Fulham, they didn’t stop singing and they played their part.
“They keep the boys going and, hopefully, they can keep going. We’re going to need them.”
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With 11 matches of the season played so far the Addicks sit in tenth place, although a win on Saturday could see them creep back into the play-off places.
In their last clash before the international break, Charlton came away with an impressive point from Craven Cottage as they held Fulham to a 2-2 draw.
Ben Purrington is expected to return to the matchday squad on Saturday after missing the clash with the Whites whilst Lyle Taylor, Lewis Page, Berham Kayal and Tomer Hemed are all unlikely to feature as they continue their own recoveries.
It cannot be underestimated just how much a fanbase can effect a side, especially in a league of such small margins like the Championship.
If they are all of a positive mindset and feel a connection with their club then it really does add an extra spring to the step of the players.
Bowyer is right as well. In such a long, challenging season Charlton will need their fans to continue in the same vain as they, first and foremost, look to stave off relegation and retain their second-tier status.