Bowyer: "It’s another three points that we wanted but one point is better than none"

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Lee Bowyer was pleased to see his side fight back in today’s draw at Gillingham but wanted more than a point from a game his side controlled.

Chuks Aneke netted with eight minutes to go shortly after Jordan Graham had given the home side the lead with the match finishing 1-1.

Speaking after the match Bowyer said: “It was a crazy game. First half I thought we had a lot of possession but didn’t really hurt them much. They hit us on the break the odd time or something fell in their path. Second half I thought we controlled the game. I think from start to finish we moved the ball really well today. On another day we probably score four goals, our finishing was just a little off.

“Overall, to show the character they did and to not get sucked in to their game, we just kept passing the ball, even when we went one down, so we got a deserved point. It’s another three points that we wanted but one point is better than none.”

Bowyer was also quick to praise Omar Bogle for the part he played in Aneke’s goal. Bogle worked hard for 67 minutes before being substituted and replaced by Aneke, who scored for the third time in four games from the bench. 

“Omar Bogle does a lot of hard work for the team,” Bowyer said, “he does a lot of the dirty work and tires them out, then Chuks comes on and gets all the glory. It was a good finish by Chuks, another good finish. He’s passed it into the goal, I’m pleased for Chuks but Omar has got to take a little bit of credit for that too.”

The Addicks’ boss felt both penalties were soft and lambasted some of the “crazy” decisions during the game.

Bowyer also confirmed Ryan Inniss missed the game with a quad injury and added that Akin Famewo is back training on the grass and isn’t far off a return to the team. 

Bowyer’s full press conference is available below for Valley Pass subscribers and those who purchased a live video pass for Saturday’s game. 

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