Five things we learned from Charlton's 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

A Game Of Two Halves

Apologies for the cliché, but the turnaround in quality from Charlton was incredible. Bowyer must’ve given his side one hell of a talking to at the break. Energy, commitment, drive, desire, and quality, all upped dramatically in the second half.

The result was fair over the course of 90 minutes, but had Bowyer's men started the game like they started the second half, it would've been three and not one point picked up.

The Power Taylor

Reliance on the target man is getting greater. A poor first half from him resulted in a poor first half from Charlton. Second half, he got the side back in the game with his determination. The equaliser won’t say Taylor, but rest assured every fan in The Valley knows he made it.

Vultures may circle in the window for the showman, but he looks happy at The Valley, and loving his football.

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Strength and Depth

Much has been said of Charlton’s injury crisis over the first half of the season, but what the Sunderland performance shows is that in reserve Lee Bowyer has some real performers.

Bowyer makes no secret that he’s been unable to play his desired XI this season, right-backs playing left-back, centre backs playing centre midfield, academy players playing key positions. Yet, a 1-1 draw against a huge club like Sunderland is a real statement with the missing personnel.

With injuries seemingly clearing up, and additions promised by Bowyer this month, the squad is starting to look very strong indeed.

A mention to Albie Morgan, starting his second game in a week looked like he’d been playing League One football for years, another one touted for huge things.

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Jonny Boy

Not the greatest of starts from the new signing, passing it in to touch, but looks so at ease on the ball. This could be an exciting period for Williams and more importantly for Charlton.

A real live-wire, if he stays fit he could be huge for Bowyer. Edge of your seat player.

The fans are already behind him and if he continues to impress like he did in the short space of time he was on, he could be a real steal.


Filling out the away end has not been seen at The Valley for some time, and they made themselves heard. A joy to see and hear, all 3,125 of them.

A mention to the home support too, incredible noise throughout.

Lee Bowyer is constantly praising his loyal supporters, and rightly so. Going a goal down early on could cause a few to go sheepish, not the Addicks however, the noise grew. Despite a huge crowd of 16,317 it sounded like 26 thousand.

Hopefully it won’t be too long until those numbers are a reality!