Charlton Athletic have secured promotion to the Championship after Patrick Bauer’s late strike handed the Addicks a last-ditch victory against Sunderland at Wembley yesterday.
Sunderland had been gifted an early lead after Charlton goalkeeper Dillon Phillips failed to control Naby Sarr’s back pass, but Ben Purrington then levelled the scores for Lee Bowyer’s side before Bauer struck at the death.
The victory means Charlton have now ended their three-year stint in the third tier, while Sunderland failed to reach their aim of achieving League One promotion at the first attempt.
Bowyer was appointed permanent Charlton manager in March last year, which means he has been able to achieve promotion in his first season in management.
The Charlton Twitter page shared a video of Bowyer addressing his players in the dressing room after this feat was achieved:
???? “I am so proud of you…”
— Charlton Athletic FC (@CAFCofficial) May 26, 2019
The 42-year-old delivered an impassioned speech where he told the players of his pride, while reminded the Charlton squad that they will go down in history for their achievements.
Plenty of fans responded to Bowyer’s message in delight at the club’s success, while expressing appreciation for their manager.
Here are some of the best responses…
Emotionally drained. Exceptional throughout the season and today was icing on the cake. Lee Bowyer Sir. You have given us all belief again what a great club we are and what team spirit is all about. Thank you
— James Fox (@jamesfoxii) May 26, 2019
Bows is bang on the money. Proper Charlton????
— Jack (@JackAlfie23) May 26, 2019
Think the man might need a contract…. pic.twitter.com/kWnnjGFPp8
— Spamfish (@Spamfish) May 26, 2019
So much love for this team ❤️❤️
— Samuel (@SamuelGaster) May 26, 2019
What a job from bowyer and Jackson enjoy lads ????????????
— El (@CAFCel94) May 26, 2019
We need to keep lee bowyer at #cafc and all the players this can only happen if Roland does what needs to be done
— kyle14s (@Kylefrith141) May 26, 2019
Nice speech Lee. Onwards and upwards….the journey’s only just begun COYR
— carol torode (@carol_torode) May 27, 2019