If Charlton fail to win their next league game against Cardiff City at The Valley, an unwanted record will be acquired for Lee Bowyer.
The most significant winless run Bowyer has been on during his spell in charge of The Addicks is for a length of four matches, which is what Charlton are currently on at present. A draw or defeat next week will surpass that total.
The last win for the SE7 side came on the 19 October: a 3-0 victory against Phillip Cocu’s Derby County at The Valley.
The 42-year-old last went through such a run at the start of 2019 when Charlton were in League One. They went four games without a win from late January to mid-February, eventually coming out the other side, losing just once more in the league that season.
Managers often say that a poor run of form for their side does not affect them mentally, but that is purely used as a way to deflect criticism and a way to keep morale high in the dressing room. In short, that means Bowyer will be fully aware of the poor run his side are on, and Charlton have to capitalise on Cardiff’s current managerial situation to get their season back on track.
In times such as these, managers earn their stripes. Bowyer has the job of getting his players up for their next game during this international break, coming off the back of their last-minute derby defeat to Millwall at the Den last Saturday, which definitely would have hurt spirits in the camp.
It will also be interesting to see what formation Bowyer opts for against the Bluebirds, as he has tinkered regularly with the shape in the previous matches. That can either be considered a blessing or a curse. According to WhoScored, Charlton have used five different formations this season.
A negative is that players could get confused with their roles. But on the flip side, Bowyer could be lauded as a tactical genius if the gambles pay off- football sometimes is very subjective.
Nevertheless, one thing is crucial: Charlton have to defend their own box properly and master their marking strategy, as like Millwall, Cardiff are extremely adept at set pieces.
This season, the Bluebirds have scored six times from corners or free-kicks, putting them joint second in the Championship standings.
However, regardless of that, the first thought his mind will be to win the game and arrest the slump, which could take The Addicks up to 8th.