Charlton Athletic gave their Championship survival hopes a major boost over the weekend as they sealed a vital 3-1 victory over the division’s basement club Luton Town at The Valley.
Lyle Taylor put the Addicks in front before Harry Cornick levelled proceedings for the visitors, but Taylor then found the target again to put Charlton back in control before George Lapslie struck in the 87th minute to secure the three points for Charlton.
The result means Luton are still in deep trouble as they sit six points adrift of safety at the foot of the table, but Charlton are now five points clear of the relegation zone as they now prepare for trips to face Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield.
There would have been numerous aspects of Charlton’s performance that would have pleased manager Lee Bowyer, and the continued form of leading striker Taylor will be one of those as he netted his 10th and 11th goals of the Championship season.
The 29-year-old now looks like he is back to full fitness after overcoming his injury problems earlier in the campaign, and it will represent a major boost for the Addicks to have their star marksman playing at his best during the season’s final run-in.
Another pleasing aspect of the victory would have been the make-up of Charlton’s third goal against the Hatters which saw Lapslie thrash the ball home on his return to the side after injury, with fellow substitute Macauley Bonne having assisted him.
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Bonne has now made two cameo appearances since returning from his hamstring injury earlier this month, and his excellent contribution in the closing stages against Luton suggests he is now ready for further action after impressing earlier this term.
This all means that the time now be approaching for Bowyer to deploy Taylor and Bonne in an attacking partnership some time soon, with both players now showing signs they are getting closer to their best after dealing with respective injuries.
Bonne replaced Taylor’s void when the latter missed a considerable chunk of the season with an injury, and it is unfortunate that the duo have not yet been given the chance to develop a partnership in attack for the Addicks given both their qualities.
It is definitely important that Bowyer does not rush Bonne back into the starting line-up if he is not quite ready, but it is also true that time is now running out for the former Leyton Orient man to develop a partnership with Taylor this term.
This week’s Owls clash may come slightly too soon for the duo to line up alongside each other, but Bowyer will surely have his sights set on this weekend’s match with Huddersfield as a prime opportunity to deploy Taylor and Bonne together.