Thursday 10 December 2020

Bowyer says patience needed with Wombles

In his Thursday press conference, Lee Bowyer has said: 'Wimbledon are difficult to break down. They beat Peterborough the other week. They’ve got Pigott up top who is a handful, they have a lot of energy in midfield. We’ll have to be patient on Saturday. That’s the word I’ll be using to the players - "patience"'.

'They’re well-organised, no one is going to run over the top of them. But we’re at home, we’ll have our fans there and it’s a game I expect us to win – I expect us to win every game – but we’ll have to do the right things. We’ll have to be at it.'

The sorrowful supremo stated: 'I set the bar too high for the fans at the last game because I’m so used to The Valley rocking, so I apologise for that. It’s difficult to get an atmosphere going in the circumstances. Thomas will be here on Saturday so I hope he gets the hero’s welcome he deserves.'

'I will never accept not winning – especially the way last week played out. We should be sitting third. We’re still in a bad position, taking into account some of the injuries, sixth is a fair place, but I want to be higher. I’m disappointed we’re not in third.'

'If you have to keep chopping and changing every week, it becomes difficult, and we didn’t have to do that during that run in October. When we went on that run, we had a defensive partnership that was playing together regularly – the important thing now is to form another partnership because Ryan Inniss is going to be out for a while.'

'Dylan Levitt, Deji Oshilaja and Marcus Maddison have all trained this week. Andrew Shinnie is not ready yet. He’s still struggling with his thigh.'

'It was good to have Pearcey and Akin back last weekend. I thought they did really well, especially when you take into account how long Pearcey had been out. We had to manage him carefully.'

Bowyer is confident that Famewo will be available despite a fall in training:

Because of the salary cup Charlton can only do limited business in the transfer window:

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