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Bowyer: A Fighting Point

Manager Pleased With Response At Charlton

23 December 2017

Gary Bowyer was pleased with the battling qualities his side displayed to fight back late on and pick up a point against Charlton Athletic.

The manager made five changes to his side for the fixture and also had strong impacts off the bench, which led to Clark Robertson scrambling home an equaliser in the 89th minute.

Speaking post-match, here’s what the manager had to say…

A fighting point.

Second-half we stuck at it, kept going and kept putting balls into the box. We’ve shown a lot of progress there today in terms of doing that side of the game. I was delighted.

For us to come here and get a fighting point, and it was a fighting point, is really good from us.

Pre-game changes and substitutions.

After last weekend we had to try and find a way, a formula to try and get something. We’re always in games – last week we were in the game and today we were in the game after they started well and scored – but the changes have made a difference today, both from starting and the bench.

Gnanduillet playing to strengths.

Armand played his size today, and that’s what we’ve been telling him all week and working on. It just goes to show you what a handful he is when he plays what he is.

Robertson’s perseverance rewarded.

He didn’t feel very well last night, he was ill. He was fine this morning and did the warm up but as he walked off he said, ‘I don’t feel well, what do you want me to do?’ I said, ‘give it a go’ and we’ll take you off if we need to’. We knew that when he was in the game he would be well and truly distracted with who they had up front. At half-time he said the same, but we told him to stay at it. Fortunately, he did.    

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