Date: 5th August 2017 at 9:00pm
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Patrick Bauer has hailed a special victory over Bristol Rovers as Charlton Athletic opened the season with all three points despite being down to ten men this weekend.

Hosting Bristol Rovers at The Valley for the 2017/18 opener, Charlton took the one nil win courtesy of his somewhat controversial effort in the first half, despite spending almost 85/86 minutes down to ten men as Lee Novak was harshly shown a straight red.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media post game to discuss the action, he said of his 38th minute winner and the way the game played out for us.

‘Every victory is nice but this is special with 10 men, especially as it came in front of our own supporters. The sending off after six minutes was unexpected for everyone and we had to change our gameplan but we can be very happy to have got all three points. We played almost all of the game with 10 men and we are all really happy.’

Bauer was also quick to praise the fans for their support on the day as he knew they had driven the players on.

‘The atmosphere was really good, everyone was really happy and now we have to recover for our next game on Tuesday. Plan A was out of the window very early and the atmosphere was great and helped us a lot. From last season, we collected experience against Bolton by winning with 10 men. We knew how to handle it and we did well and thankfully we left the pitch as the winners.’

With manager Karl Robinson admitting he didn’t believe the ball was over the line, Bauer wouldn’t be drawn on that when he was questioned on whether or not he felt it had actually crossed the white line – but that’s not his decision to make is it.

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