Lawrence aims for Addicks defeat

23 November 2009 05:04
Bristol Rovers director of football Lennie Lawrence says he is hoping his side can inflict a first home defeat on Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.Lawrence was the Addicks manager from 1982 to 1991 and it will be only the second time in 18 years that he has taken a team back to The Valley. [LNB]"It's a tall order as I make them the second best [in the league]," Lawrence told BBC Radio Bristol. [LNB]"Nothing is more important than us getting a result, believe me." [LNB]He added: "They are going to lose at home sooner or later and it would be really nice if it was to us." [LNB]Lawrence's time at Charlton saw them nearly go out of business, have to leave The Valley to ground-share at Crystal Palace and gain promotion to the old First Division. [LNB][LNB] If we can get something out of it and beat Exeter, which is a key game, we can be right back in the frame Lennie Lawrence "We went through virtually everything that you could go through. The very existence of the club was threatened in 1984," said Lawrence. [LNB]"It's not like the 'get out of jail free' card you get these days [with administration] when you just get a 10-point deduction. [LNB]"We put a team together and got promoted to the top flight at someone else's ground - which has never been done before. [LNB]"It was a fantastic time and prepared me very well for whatever trials and tribulations a football manager or director of football could face." [LNB]And Lawrence is looking forward to returning to the club he managed for nine years, something he never imagined doing with Bristol Rovers. [LNB][LNB] [LNB][LNB] "If anyone had said to me that we would be playing Charlton Athletic in the league when they were in the top-half of the Premiership, I would have expressed doubt, I think is the expression I'm searching for," he said. [LNB]"But here we are and we've earned it and hopefully we can be the first team to inflict a home defeat. And because we've won the last two games it allows us to go there not under any massive pressure. [LNB]"If we can get something out of it and beat Exeter, which is a key game, we can be right back in the frame."

Source: BBC_Sport