Jed Steer and Jason Pearce were both praised for their contribution by Charlton manager Lee Bowyer following their 2-1 win at Burton.

Steer was called upon time and time again in the Charlton goal before Pearce’s 88th minute header handed the Addicks the three points they didn’t deserve.

“He was outstanding,” Bowyer said of the on-loan Aston Villa shot stopper.

“I thought he was excellent and some of the saves he made were very good.

“These are a good side. Don’t judge them by their position in the league, they are a very good side. They’ve just come down from the Championship, they’ve got good players.”

Pearce’s header was the defender’s first goal of the campaign but it was his commanding performance that Bowyer was impressed with.

“He’s just a warrior, isn’t he?” he said of Pearce.

“He’s a leader and that’s why he’s our captain. But they all did well tonight and all put a shift in. George Lapslie was literally everywhere, even when you didn’t want him to be!

Fans are starting to believe that promotion is real possibility after their fourth straight league win, and despite not quashing the idea, Bowyer was pragmatic with his evaluation.

“Like I’ve said before, we’re not even halfway through the season yet. We’re in a good position at the moment and near enough everybody above won as well, so it’s a long way to go with a lot of points to be played for.

“We’ve just got to keep plodding along.”