Charlton’s defeat to Oxford United will not change anything, says Lee Bowyer, after he admitted their hopes of a top two finish are over.

The Addicks boss maintains that the focus is not on his team preparing for the playoffs, but for them to win every game they play in.

Faint chances of clinching an automatic promotion spot relied on Charlton winning all of their remaining fixtures while hoping the teams above them lost.

However, defeat at Oxford, and victories for Barnsley, Portsmouth and Sunderland leaves them six points adrift of second place with three games remaining.

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“Nothing changes because you've just got to win games,” Bowyer said. “That's all we've ever tried to do, is win every game we play.

“It's not about preparing for the playoffs, we won't tackle it any different to what we have today [against Oxford].

“It's a game of football that two teams are going to try and win, and nothing is going to change.”

Alongside the end of Charlton’s push for a top two finish came the end of their 11-match unbeaten run in a game packed with drama.

Lyle Taylor scored his 22nd goal this season before the U’s stormed back with two goals in five minutes through Curtis Nelson and Luke Garbutt.

Both Oxford goals arrived from set-pieces, with Nelson smashing home a spectacular volley from a corner as Garbutt rifled in a stunning free-kick.

But after the U’s were reduced to 10 men through goalkeeper Simon Eastwood’s uncharacteristic error, Chris Solly was shown a straight red card for his late challenge on Jamie Mackie.

Bowyer believes the set-piece goals and Charlton’s lack of an end product cost them, at one point struggling to find the words to explain the performance.

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“Set-pieces cost us today and, on another day, I think we'd score five or six goals,” he added. “I don't how we haven't scored in that second half.

“We were in full control of the game and they scored from a corner, and then they score a free-kick, and then they're winning.

“Then we're going in at half-time with not having done much wrong.

“I thought we were very good in possession and ... yeah, I don't know. I'm shocked but that's part of it.

“Set-pieces are a part of football, but for sure we should have scored more goals today.”