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Opposition Report: Charlton Athletic

A Look At Tuesday's Visitors To Bloomfield Road

19 October 2020

Blackpool will be hoping to build on their draw last weekend as they host Charlton Athletic on Tuesday at Bloomfield Road.

Charlton, who failed to avoid relegation from the Championship last season, will be hoping to build on their victory last weekend, as Jake Forster-Caskey’s second half winner claimed all three points against Wigan Athletic.

A spirited performance against Crewe Alexandra will give Neil Critchley’s men some confidence ahead of Tuesday’s clash, with Grant Ward’s second half strike earning a point for the Seasiders.

The visitors

After an eventful 19/20 season, Lee Bowyer’s side were relegated after a 4-0 final day defeat to Leeds United. The Addicks returned to League One, missing out on Championship safety by a single point.

Bowyer has had a busy summer transfer window in anticipation of immediately bouncing back to the second tier of English football, with 12 new additions arriving at the Valley.

Veteran midfielder Ben Watson joined from Championship side Nottingham Forest, whilst Bowyer bolstered his attacking options with the additions of Omar Bogle, Conor Washington and Marcus Maddison. Talented youngsters Dylan Levitt and Ian Maatsen also joined the ranks, whilst Andrew Shinnie and Paul Smyth joined on transfer deadline day.

The Addicks have had a mixed run of results to kickstart their 20/21 League One campaign, with two victories, two defeats and one draw seeing them sit 15th in the table, three points above Blackpool.

A 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra gave Charlton the perfect start, but consecutive defeats against Doncaster Rovers and Lincoln City saw them lose their momentum. Though, a 1-0 victory over Wigan Athletic will give Bowyer’s side some much needed confidence ahead of their trip to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening.

The Manager

A former Charlton Athletic player, Bowyer was appointed manager in September 2018 after a successful spell as caretaker manager, following Karl Robinson’s dismissal.

Prior to his arrival, the Addicks were five points adrift of the League One play-off places, with Robinson ending his 16-month tenure year at the Valley in March 2018. Bowyer took caretaker charge, winning six of his last nine league outings to guide Charlton to the League One play-off semi-finals. Though, they ultimately fell short after losing against Shrewsbury Town over two legs.

After a successful first full season in charge, the 43-year-old guided the club to promotion after a dramatic play-off journey. A 4-4 aggregate score against Doncaster Rovers saw the Addicks eventually become victorious on penalties, before a 2-1 play-off final victory against Sunderland to confirm their promotion to the Championship.

Despite relegation in their first season back in the Championship after a three-year absence, Bowyer will be hoping the Addicks can bounce back at the first time of asking this campaign.

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