Josh Parker has received fresh backing from teammate Lyle Taylor after he failed to open his Charlton account for the 14th game running.

The striker, whose last goal this season came when he was still at Gillingham on Boxing Day 2018, nearly ended that barren run against Rochdale.

Perhaps Parker’s best chance arrived when he couldn’t hit the target after goalkeeper Josh Lillis pushed the ball into his path just yards away from goal.

And he would be denied by a defender’s foot from close range before a flick-on from him inside the box went just wide of the target.

However, he did get off the mark with his first assist in a Charlton shirt when he laid off Joe Aribo for the opening goal.

Addicks boss Lee Bowyer commended him for his efforts on the afternoon, while Taylor believes his time will come soon enough.

“His hard work doesn’t go unnoticed,” Taylor said after the Rochdale game. “He needs to know that's the case, and I'm sure he does.

“Eventually something will hit him, probably on his backside and go in, and if that's the winner then I really couldn't care.

“I'd take a winner off his bum at Wembley, but Josh just has to keep working hard. We've all been through dry patches as centre forwards,

“I think I had 17 games at the start of last season for Wimbledon [where I] didn't score and finished the season with 18 goals.

“Everyone goes through it, it's part of being a centre forward. Sometimes everything you hit, everything you touch, goes in and it's gold.

“When you're going through those spells you have to really enjoy them because they soon come to an end.”

Bowyer hailed Charlton’s emphatic demolition of Rochdale as a “perfect performance”, with goals coming from Aribo, Taylor and Krystian Bielik as Calvin Andrew turned the ball into his own net.

“I think today we moved the ball so well, created so many chances,” he said, speaking after the game.

“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.”