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Bowyer expects to stay in charge of Addicks and keep his skipper

Charlton Athletic 2 Sunderland 1

Lee Bowyer
Lee Bowyer

By Nick Purewal

Lee Bowyer believes Patrick Bauer's promotion-winning goal hands Charlton a lifeline in their bid to retain their captain next season.

Bauer's last-ditch prodded finish sealed Charlton's 2-1 League One play-off final victory over Sunderland at Wembley yesterday, pushing the Addicks back to the Championship for the first time in four years.

And now boss Bowyer has revealed Bauer's goal has opened the door for Charlton to offer the 26-year-old a new deal at The Valley.

Bowyer expects a tough time in recruitment this summer at the cash-strapped London club, but hailed promotion as pivotal to those plans.

"We had to get promotion even to talk to Pat, because he was 100 per cent going to go to the Championship. We knew that.

"We'll have to rebuild but as regards building a squad, that's going to be tough, because I don't think we'll have much money."

Charlton so nearly shot themselves in the foot in front of 36,000 of their own fans at a raucous Wembley, the luckless Naby Sarr netting a fifth-minute own goal, but Ben Purrington blanked out that early aberration before skipper Bauer popped up with the dramatic winner.

Former Charlton midfielder Bowyer is yet to finalise a new deal but asked if he will still be at Charlton next season, Bowyer replied: "I can't see why not, I haven't done much wrong."

As for Sunderland, this was their seventh consecutive loss at Wembley.

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