BOWYER: NO EX­CUSES, WE WERE POOR

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Tim Pumphrey

LEE BOWYER branded his Charl­ton side’s dis­play “not good enough” and was dis­ap­pointed with their lack of fight as Ian Hen­der­son’s 99th goal for Rochdale earned the home team vic­tory.

“It wasn’t good enough,” said Bowyer. “In the first half we didn’t com­pete, didn’t pass the ball – every­thing we’re good at we didn’t do.

“You can’t turn up and just ex­pect to be handed three points, that’s just not foot­ball.”

The home side were fast out of the blocks and took the lead in the fourth minute when Stephen Doo­ley’s square pass found Hen­der­son and the Dale skip­per slammed home a low drive from 10 yards.

Charl­ton hit back with Lyle Tay­lor go­ing close to an equaliser, col­lect­ing the ball in the cen­tre cir­cle, ad­vanc­ing to­wards goal and strik­ing a shot from 18 yards that skimmed the top of Bren­dan Moore’s cross­bar.

The Ad­dicks were handed a life­line af­ter 18 min­utes when Moore crashed into Dar­ren Prat­ley, ref­eree Andy Haines award­ing a penalty to the vis­i­tors. But the goal­keeper quickly made amends, div­ing to his right to palm clear Tay­lor’s spot-kick and pre­serve Dale’s slen­der lead.

In the sec­ond half, Josh Cullen’s 25-yard drive looked des­tined for the roof of the net un­til Moore pushed his shot against a post. And Cullen was frus­trated again when his di­rect free-kick beat Moore and found the back of the net – only to be ruled out for an in­fringe­ment by Tay­lor.

But Bowyer was not look­ing for ex­cuses. “I’ve not seen the goal we had dis­al­lowed again, but to be hon­est that doesn’t mat­ter,” he said.

“We had a penalty saved, we’ve hit the bar and the keeper has made a great save from Josh Cullen, but we still didn’t do the right things so it’s all ir­rel­e­vant, the other stuff, it’s about what you do.

“The way we per­formed in the sec­ond half was slightly bet­ter, but still not good enough.”

On bal­ance boss Keith Hill felt they de­served the points.

“I think it was a good League One per­for­mance, there was a lot of courage in it against an ex­cel­lent side,” he said. “We cre­ated goalscor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and we did well to de­fend our goal, so I’m rel­a­tively pleased. “Charl­ton are a very good side rep­re­sented by a very good man­ager so it was a stern test, but on re­flec­tion I think we just about de­served it. “I was a lit­tle bit per­turbed by some of the de­ci­sions the ref­eree made, but I thought it was a gen­uine, hard-work­ing per­for­mance from us. “We could have been slightly bet­ter in pos­ses­sion, our full-backs should have slowed the game down a lit­tle bit more, but it’s a 1-0 win at home and we’re get­ting points on the board.”

PIC­TURE: PA Im­ages

OPEN­ING GAMBIT: Rochdale’s Ian Hen­der­son score his side’s first goal of the game

BIG MISS: Lyle Tay­lor sees his penalty saved

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