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Bowyer not taking points for granted
WARY Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has brushed off the suggestion that tomorrow’s visit of lowly Charlton Athletic to Ewood Park should be seen as a home banker.
Rovers have won three and drawn one of their last four matches in front of their own supporters, scoring 10 goals.
The fourth-from-bottom Addicks, in contrast, have yet to win away from home so far this season and their sole Championship victory was back in August when they beat Leicester.
But Bowyer said: “Some fans will (expect us to win easily) but the staff here know that every Championship game is very, very tough and can go either way.
“Look at how long it took Bolton to win their first game with the squad that they’ve got.
“We’ll be treating this game in exactly the same manner in how we’ve treated every other game so far.
“It’s about us and how we go about it.”
Bowyer’s apprehension is not without foundation. Charlton’s best results so far this season – the win over Leicester, draws with Blackpool, Nottingham Forest and Watford – have come against teams battling it out at the top of the table.
The fact they also won last season’s corresponding fixture – spoiling Michael Appleton’s first game in charge – on their way to finishing just three points shy of the play-offs – adds fuel to Bowyer’s belief that the Addicks are not going to roll over.
Not that Bowyer will be sending his side out on to the field with caution.
Five points behind the top six, he knows the time has come for Rovers to start stringing a run of wins together.
Bowyer said: “You always strive to be better and we’re no different.
“We’ve looked at the 11 games overall and I think we can be pleased with how we’re tried to play and how we’ve gone about them, both with and without the ball.
“But it’s about the points tally and I don’t feel we’ve got the points on the board that our performances have deserved.
“Now is a key moment for us to put the word consistency into everyone’s minds and strive to do that.
“I’ve said all along we needed some patience and understanding and the supporters have been great with that.
“The players are really buying into it and hopefully they are going to keep getting better.”
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