Charlton Athletic will be looking to make a swift return to the Championship at the first time of asking under the management of Lee Bowyer.
The Addicks were relegated from the second-tier last term, and will fancy their chances of winning promotion at the first time of asking from League One.
Bowyer’s side are currently sat fifth in the League One table, and are just three points adrift of league-leaders Peterborough United after a strong start to this year’s campaign.
They weren’t in action at the weekend due to the international break, but will be hoping they can build on some impressive recent showings when they take on Gillingham on the 21st November.
Here, we take a look at three clear trends we’ve seen develop at Charlton Athletic in the last few months.
Charlton Athletic struggled for clean sheets in the Championship last season, as they were relegated from the second-tier on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign.
But the Addicks have started this season strongly under the management of Lee Bowyer, and have only conceded seven goals in League One so far this term.
The impressive showings between the posts of Ben Amos saw the shot-stopper named as the League One Player of the Month for October.
The first goal is key
Charlton have scored the first goal in their last six matches, in which the Addicks have gone on to pick up three points in each of those matches.
That shows that Lee Bowyer’s men have got what it takes to withstand pressure from the opposition and see out the task at hand.
Charlton have the quality in their side to put in strong performances at both ends of the pitch, and if they continue to do this, then they’ll surely be in contention to make a swift return to the Championship this season.
The statistics aren’t everything
Charlton might be in impressive form in League One at the moment, but the statistics might sometimes show that they aren’t as deserving of the three points.
The Addicks had much less possession against Fleetwood Town, Portsmouth and Oxford United recently, but came away with three points to show for their efforts.
If Charlton have less possession as the season progresses, but are still picking up points in their bid for promotion, then Lee Bowyer won’t mind one bit how they pick up wins.