Speaking to the South London Press, Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has heaped praise on duo Macauley Bonne and Conor Gallagher, who scored two of the Addicks’s three goals in their 3-0 win over Derby County on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Macauley Bonne, Naby Sarr and Conor Gallagher saw Charlton Athletic defeat Derby County 3-0 yesterday, cruising past the Rams to bring an end to their five-match unbeaten run. Addicks boss Lee Bowyer has been speaking after the victory and he moved to praise both Bonne and Gallagher.

Speaking to the South London Press, Bowyer said that he could tell Conor Gallagher’s long-range curling effort was going to go in as soon as the ball left his boot. He said:

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“As soon as he hit it, I think I was up. He does it in training. As soon as he hit it I thought ‘goal.’ He’s got everything. He’s some player. You can have all the ability that he’s got but you can see him coming out of his shell more and more now.

“Not in an arrogant way but a positive way. Look lads, I’ve got more to show you but I’m just blending myself in. He’s only 19 and he’s only played 10, 11 games for us. His work rate is unbelievable Watching from up high, you see it even more.”

Bowyer then moved on to praise Macauley Bonne, who has stepped up and hit a fine run of form in the absence of star striker Lyle Taylor. The Addicks boss said that he is happy with how the striker has been progressing since joining from Leyton Orient in the summer transfer window. He said:

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“I’ve said that he can finish but there’s other parts of his game that we’re working on. There was one where he was running through and he had Conor and just had to slide it into his path. They’re the small details that we’re working on.

“But he was great again. Didn’t stop working. That’s why I took him off – Wednesday we’re going to need him to be as fresh as we possibly can. He was outstanding and it was a great finish.”