Charlton Athletic will be looking to build some real momentum this weekend against Blackburn Rovers following their midweek heroics.
Lee Bowyer’s men saw off promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest away from home on Tuesday night with Lyle Taylor’s strike enough to earn them a 1-0 win and they will be confident of a similar result against Rovers in front of a packed out Valley.
They currently sit in 19th place, however, and remain in contention for a place in the dreaded end of season relegation battle so focus will need to be retained in this replay of the opening day.
And, ahead of this one, Bowyer had plenty to say in his press conference – both on the match and away from it.
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Most notable were his comments on the future of Taylor. The striker is expected to leave as a free agent in the summer but Bowyer went against that narrative on Thursday, insisting that the 29 year-old wants to stay at The Valley and that his future depends on ‘some things happening’.
Back on more pressing matters this season, Bowyer’s attentions turned to the relegation battle, stating that he believes Charlton need three more wins and a handful of draws to secure survival, but is taking nothing for granted in a notoriously dramatic division.
He also bigged up the importance of their home games such as this weekend, with a ticket offer expected to see The Valley close to a sell out, as he looks to rally the support of the fans.
An update on the injury front emerged too, revealing that Andre Green is a doubt for Saturday as they await the results of a scan whilst Sam Field is also expected to miss out again.