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Lee Bowyer blasts Steve Evans for what he did during game

Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer blasts Gillingham’s Steve Evans for what he did during the two side’s League One game on Saturday.

The Addicks manager blamed Chuks Aneke’s second-half sending off on the opposite number as it got heated on the touchline.

Charlton’s top-scorer was dismissed in the 70th minute for two bookable offences in the 3-2 loss at The Valley.

Aneke was already cautioned for an aerial challenge on a Gillingham defender before then making a late tackle on the left knee of Connor Ogilvie.

Asked if Evans’ input had made referee Kevin Johnson opt to dismiss the forward, Bowyer said: “Oh for sure. How someone can stand on the sideline and try and get an opponent’s players booked in that way – it’s not very nice. It’s not very nice at all. That’s why Chuks got sent off.

“That’s why – because of the pressure. The intimidation that comes from it. You’re not telling me that both those challenges are yellow card challenges – not a chance. I’m disappointed because I felt the ref did okay, apart from that.

“The one other thing was when their fella blatantly dived and cheated – he tried to get a penalty – and he didn’t get a yellow card. Deji dived and cheated to try and get a penalty, because that’s what it is if you’re going to try and dive in the box with no contact then you’re cheating. They both should have got a yellow card. But Deji gets a yellow card and their fella doesn’t.

“It’s the same fella who get the penalty at their ground – a blatant dive.

“But those two things were the only thing he got wrong. He was strong, apart from that.”

Bowyer was booked by Johnson after Oshilaja had been cautioned.

“I shouted once to the fourth official. And that was because he booked Deji for diving, which is rightly so if it isn’t a penalty. But you’ve got to do the same to their fella. His one was embarrassingly bad. But he didn’t get booked. Why didn’t he get booked? That was my point.

“I didn’t swear at the fourth official but because I shouted he gets me booked. Are you kidding me? This man [Evans] has not stopped shouting and swearing the whole game. And then you want to get me booked for shouting once? Because it was blatantly obvious what the difference was? The yellow card isn’t important. I’m not surprised though.”

“We fancied ourselves and it is never about budgets, particular in derbies,” said the Gills boss on the game itself.

“I reminded the players in the team-talk that the away end would have been absolutely bouncing with Gillingham supporters. I reminded them that they might not have been with us but they were watching and with us in spirit. It was about bragging rights and I put that across.

“The only thing missing for me was the away end packed and Gillingham fans singing but hopefully they will sing at home with a beer or a coffee and with a loved one.”

“We opened in great fashion,” said Evans. “We got that early goal which helped. We were quite commanding for a while other than when they played it long.

“They talked about us pre-game but they played it very long to Stockley and big Chuks Aneke. They are a handful. You have to find a way to deal with them and Cundy and Tucker (the central defenders) did.

“We hit some absolutely stunning strikes.”

On the sending off, Evans said: “When that happened I said to my staff, ‘relax, we will win the game.’ We changed the system, we played with a little bit more width, created a pocket of space for Kyle Dempsey to play in and he is a special talent.”

“It was a stunner,” said Evans. “He has power and purpose and if he gets in there then he will score.”

Rounding up a frantic game, Evans said: “Our performance was excellent, really good in spells, we were sloppy on two or three occasions.

“We scored three really good goals, we feel their first one was offside, I have to look back, but they got back into the game with a great header from Jayden Stockley (at 2-2).

“We hit the bar and you think maybe the chance is gone after what we had delivered but Kyle Dempsey produces another piece of magic after what has got to be the goal of the season in the EFL for the Connor Ogilvie strike.

“We may as well just present him with the goal of the season trophy in training on Sunday!”

Fans reacted as Lee Bowyer blasts Steve Evans for what he did during the game…

@McSkibby: He is right shocking decision on the 2nd yellow for Chucks and Gills players went unpunished. I would like to know how Evan’s gets away with it week after week

@pete_cafc: Not sure I like this response belonging to the manager of a club I support in this case….what the actual heck? Cmon Lee….for freaking sake…

@ChooChooTips: Why is Lee Bowyer so obsessed with Steve Evans, honestly lives rent free

@Kyle_Irving1: Lee Bowyer bringing up that penalty against us from a few years ago 😂 Steve Evans really does rattle him every time he plays them.

@talks_beard: Steve Evans is drinking Bowyers tears. Needs to concentrate more on his own shortcomings than that of an opposition manager

@ridleycrag1: So he has a go at Evans/Raynor for intimidating the ref and trying to get decisions. Seems to have forgotten how Ben Watson was in the refs ear throughout the game at Priestfield earlier in the season trying to do the same.

@iam_pathos: Evans didn’t shut up. The levels of disrespect he and his team gave the officials was nothing short of abusive

@pete_cafc: I think we care more about the state of the squad and the amount of goals we concede rather than why Lee did get yellow and why Evans didn’t…Lee FFS! What’s up with you???

@jdonovan699: Bowyer is a bit of a whiner isn’t he?

@Miketyson2007: That’s a given with Evans tho 90mins every week …horrible geezer

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