Lee Bowyer hailed Charlton’s “perfect” performance as they thrashed Rochdale at home to secure home advantage for the second leg of the playoff semi-finals.

The Addicks boss was overjoyed with how his team played through, going ahead by three goals by half time before adding a fourth late on.

While he didn’t think it was a “comfortable win”, and gave credit to Rochdale, he says his team is put in a superb showing.

Charlton's third place finish in League One means they will now face Doncaster Rovers in the playoff semi-finals, travelling away for the first leg before hosting the second.

“The results went our way and it was the perfect performance,” Bowyer said. “A clean sheet, and to score goals again, in the last two home games we've scored four goals and not conceded.

“I think our attitude and our professionalism was outstanding from start to finish again. We're in a very good place at the moment and everybody's hungry.

“Again, I must've repeat myself so many times but they know what the prize is at the end and they want it so bad.

“I think today we moved the ball so well, created so many chances. Josh Parker could've had a hattrick on another day, he deserved to get a goal I thought because his work rate and his runs were very good.

“He'd done a lot of unselfish stuff for the team so I was pleased that he got through it but just a bit gutted for him not to get the goal.”

Lyle Taylor, who wasn’t selected for the team which faced Gillingham, scored a goal and assisted another during a dominant first 45 minutes.

After setting up Joe Aribo for the opener, and nearly assisting Ben Purrington’s first Charlton goal, an Albie Morgan assist enabled him to cap off a one-on-one chance.

But despite Charlton looking in firm control throughout Bowyer didn’t think it was as comfortable as some believed it to be.

He added: “I don't think it was that comfortable because there were times, even in the 85th minute, we had them pegged in a corner and they passed their way out, and then they ended up getting down the other end and putting a good cross in.

They surprised me, how good they were, because they tried and they moved the ball well. But, again, you've got to give us credit on our work rate out of possession. How quickly we do win the ball back.

“It's difficult for teams to cope with that.

“Yeah, as good as what we are in possession, I think we're just as effective out of possession. 

“Because we turn the ball over and, when we do press and we win it back, then we break with speed.

“I think everything - the whole game - was outstanding from us.”