Charlton’s disappointing run of form in the Championship showed no signs of letting up on the weekend, as the Addicks went down 2-1 to Preston North End at Deepdale to move them closer to relegation trouble.
Going into the clash, Lee Bowyer’s side had lost two away games on the bounce, but the Addicks made the perfect start as Andre Green struck against his former employers within five minutes, tapping in at the near post from Alfie Doughty’s ground cross.
Josh Harrop equalised for the Lilywhites under half an hour later, with a delightful curling effort, that Dillon Phillips had no chance of keeping out.
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Then, soon after the second half got underway, the Addicks were dealt a big blow, with promotion hero and former defender Patrick Bauer sending in a towering header from a Harrop corner to give Preston the lead.
The Lancashire side held on for the three points, moving them up to ninth. Charlton, meanwhile, sit in 19th, now just five points clear of the drop.
Here are two things Charlton will want to work on following Saturday’s defeat…
The obvious concern that Charlton will have from Saturday’s defeat was the manner of the second goal that was conceded, as it was their ninth this season from a set piece.
It was the classic case of a defender failing to keep on top of marking their man, in this case, Patrick Bauer. Matt Smith’s last minute winner for Millwall at The Den was another example of it.
As it is an ongoing problem, the club should take a page out of Brentford’s book, and search for a coach specialising at set pieces, as that could be what Bowyer’s side need.
Key passes into final third
Although Jonny Williams was back in the lineup, he was not yet up to speed, and understandably so. That meant that the Addicks struggled to provide through balls to Josh Davison and Andre Green up front, with Darren Pratley and young Ben Dempsey the other central players.
Bowyer stated post-match that it was a concern, and part of the issue is not having attacking players he’d like at his disposal.
Conor Gallagher represented an outlet for Charlton in midfield when he was at the club, but now the midfielder is no longer there, the team will no doubt find it more of a challenge to create chances.