Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is looking forward to the international break once Saturday fixture at Reading is over.

With international fixtures taking precident over domestic football next weekend, the Addicks have a gap in their schedule. 

Charlton have surprised most this season after five fixtures as they remain unbeaten sitting third in the Championship.

Their lofty position is a testament to the hard work the club staff and players have put in, not only in the five weeks of the current season, but also the off-season where Bowyer and Head of Recruitment Steve Gallen worked tirelessly in getting players through the door.

“I’ll try and have a break,” Bowyer said of the weekend off.

“I’ve never been so tired in my life.

“Especially with the transfer window, I was here until 11, 12 o’clock some days.

“Again, just watching game after game the last few weeks.

“I think everyone needs a little break, come back batteries charged, and then go again.”

With three wins and two draw in his opening five fixtures, the Addicks sit behind Leeds and Swansea and the three of them join West Brom as the only teams left undefeated in the division.

Despite being on the crest of a wave, Bowyer is adamant his side can improve, and the fallow week gives him and his staff a chance to analyse where they can get better.

“Obviously you’d rather keep going when you’re winning, but it’s not a bad time for a break.

“After pre-season, where everyone worked hard, to get the start we have, it isn’t a bad time to regroup.

“Evaluate wats going on, look at the positive and negatives on what we’ve done so far.

“It gives the lads a few days with their families, because it’s been hectic the last 12 weeks we’ve been working.

“I’ll try and come away from football too and recharge.”

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