Charlton take on local rivals Millwall on Saturday at The Den, aiming to claim the bragging rights in the South London Derby.
It will be a crucial game for The Addicks, as they aim to put an end to an 11-game winless run against The Lions, which has stretched back to 1996.
Lee Bowyer was part of the Charlton side that last won against their south east London rivals in 1996, and he plans to prepare slightly differently for the game to give his players the best chance of winning what is a crucial game for all involved.
The Charlton boss has said in an interview with News Shopper that he plans to inform the squad of his first-team selection earlier than normal to get them up for the upcoming derby.
“We’ve [had] a meeting this morning (Thursday) and I’ll tell them in a nice way how important it is.”
“Normally we wouldn’t name a side on a Thursday but I’ll name it so they can get it in their head and get ready and prepare for what’s coming on Saturday.”
It is an interesting tactic from Bowyer, and it does show how seriously he is taking Saturday’s derby. These things build rapport with the fans, and can bring the whole club more together ahead of a big game.
It may psychologically prepare the players in a better fashion as the game will be in their minds for longer, and the players will be aware of their roles sooner.