Lee Bowyer says Charlton can’t afford any more slip-ups in the promotion race.

The Addicks missed the chance to move three points clear of seventh-placed Portsmouth after losing 1-0 to relegation-threatened AFC Wimbledon this evening.

Lyle Taylor capitalised on a Patrick Bauer error to inflict a first defeat on Bowyer as caretaker boss.

Bowyer said: “It was very tough. We knew what it was going to be like. It’s the way they play, we prepared for that and they did what they do.

“They competed better than us, we competed, they were just a lot stronger than us. The goal is a mistake, same as Saturday.

“We’ve dropped more points today from a mistake and you can’t control that. But look at the positive side of it, we’re still in sixth and it’s still in our hands.

“We’re still in sixth with five games to go. It’s all in our hands. It is what it is, but now we can’t afford any more slip-ups. We have to win at home on Saturday against Scunthorpe.

“We’ll just keep working hard to make sure we end up with the goal [promotion] that I’ve said we’ll get all along.

“It just wasn't a very good performance. Did we deserve anything? Probably not. It’s nowhere near what we've been showing since I’ve been in charge. It’s disappointing.

“We've got five games to go and I’m still confident. I said to the lads ‘put this behind you’. We’ll come in Thursday, stick together and start getting ready for Saturday’s game.”

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