Bowyer: "We could have scored six. It's two points dropped."

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Lee Bowyer described his feelings following Charlton’s 2-2 draw at home to Swindon Town, what the squad must do to improve and gave an update on the fitness of Akin Famewo and Ryan Innis.

The visitors were two goals ahead going into the break, but goals from Chuks Aneke and Andrew Shinnie saw the Addicks come back to claim a point.

“We're giving teams 2-0 headstarts. We have to improve on that side," he said.

"I have to give the players credit - they kept going to the end. We should win the game comfortably. We could have easily scored at least six. It’s two points dropped, one hundred percent.

“We can't keep giving teams goals - because we aren’t going to score two, three or four goals every game." 

Hallam Hope put the visitor’s ahead with just five minutes on the clock, cutting in from the left-hand side to beat Ben Amos. Bowyer described his frustration with the first goal, and dropping two points at home.

He said: "For the first one, Adam [Matthews] has to do better. He's a good full-back. It was too easy. They had two shots and scored two goals. We hit the post, hit the bar, Chuks had a free header from six yards out. Even on the second half we should have still won the game.

“We have to take out that sloppiness, the defensive part of the game. We have to work on it and improve. You need luck, things aren’t going our way but we have to work hard. I’m fuming inside.”

Within the opening minutes, Charlton striker Ronnie Schwartz was in on goal as he latched onto a stray back pass before the linesman bizarrely put his flag up for offside.

"The officials were too keen to put their flags up.The linesman put the flag up for the first chance - it was a backpass! Things like that can't be happening.”

The Dane also had a goal ruled out for offside later in the game, with Bowyer saying: “Ronnie's goal is onside. It should stand."

Conor Washington had the chance to snatch all three points with the last kick of the game, and the manager reflected on a big chance. 

He said: "Shoot to the far post. It's a really narrow angle but if you're going to miss, you miss going far post. That's another chance. But I praise the players – their workrate was excellent. We created a lot of chances. We're so close."

Ian Maatsen picked up a knock in the second half, and the manager has given an update on his injury.

"He took a little whack on the knee," he said.

"Ian was limping around a bit before that. Fair play, he's 18 and has played every minute since he came here."

Bowyer continued to give an update on injured centre-back pair Akin Famewo and Ryan Innis.

"Akin is hopefully going to be training with us back end of next week,” Bowyer explained.

“Ryan's a bit longer. We've got four centre-halves. What we try and do is have two players for every position, so we’ve been unlucky this season."

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