Lyle Taylor’s tireless running paid-off with a goal according to his manger.

Taylor proved to be the match winner at The Valley in their 2-1 defeat of Portsmouth, but it’s his overall input that impresses Lee Bowyer.

The striker’s goal was put on a plate for him by substitute Ben Reeves on 51 minutes which closed the gap on their promotion rivals to just two points.

Firm Believer

“I’m a firm believer in that hard work pays off,” said Bowyer.

“Strikers, all they want to do is score goals, they’re greedy aren’t they? Lyle is no different.

“But through hard-work he got a tap in.

“For his work-rate I thought he deserved it.

“Stopping balls into the box at the end, he must’ve run from one side to the other, sprinting a hundred yards to stop a cross, and when you work hard you get rewarded.

“I’m over the moon, because he deserved it.”

Taylor has one more game to navigate without picking up a caution or face a two-game suspension.

Charlton face Burnley on Tuesday night.

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