Lee Bowyer has discussed Charlton’s upcoming derby opponents Millwall ahead of the highly-anticipated clash this Saturday at The Den.
The Addicks have won just once in their last five, and go into the game against their south-east London rivals off the back of a 1-0 defeat against Preston at the Valley.
As it is the first meeting between the sides since January 2017, a win for Charlton could give them the shift in momentum they need to turn their fortunes around in the league.
The Addicks boss has had his say on Charlton’s abysmal winless record against their rivals, which spans over 20 years. Bowyer believes he can instil the belief into his players after his own experiences of playing the fixture while at Charlton as a player.
As reported on Charlton’s Twitter feed, Bowyer said:
“’96 was the last time we beat them and I scored. We beat them home and away that season and I played in both, so maybe I’m a good omen.”
Can Lee Bowyer end Charlton's hoodoo against Millwall?
A win for Charlton would end their 11-game hoodoo against the Bermondsey outfit, and could lift them back up into the play-off places, depending on results elsewhere.
It is an important game for both sides, and it is Lee Bowyer’s first taste of the derby as Charlton’s manager, which should give the game some added drama.
Charlton’s players will be well aware that there will be a hostile atmosphere at The Den, and they can either let it affect them negatively, or channel that energy into their performance.