Lee Bowyer’s decision to substitute Naby Sarr at half time of the play-off victory over Sunderland was justified according to the defender.

Sarr, a colossal performer in the Addicks' promotion winning campaign endured an eventful 45 minutes at Wembley before being replaced by Jason Pearce at the break.

The centre back saw goalkeeper Dillon Phillips miss-control his pass in the fifth minute to give the Black Cats the lead before picking up a caution for a foul on George Honeyman before the break.

“I had a yellow, so the gaffer didn’t want to risk it,” the 25-year-old said.

“(Jason) Pearcey went on and did the job.

“So, of course (it was the right decision), they would’ve done everything to try and get me sent off, so I think it was a clever move to take me off.”

The Frenchman remained philosophical about his own goal that ultimately didn’t cost his side as Ben Purrington’s first strike for the club drew the sides level in the first half before Patrick Bauer last minute effort dramatically secured promotion to the Championship.

“Sh*t happens, football is like that!” he said of his goal.

“The own goal, I thought it was a good pass, maybe it was a bit too hard, I don’t know.

“After that the reaction was good from the boys.

“It’s been a long journey, I’m really pleased with what we’ve done all this year.

“All the boys, all the effort, this is our reward, so everyone is happy.”

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The elation felt from the Addicks faithful was reciprocated by Sarr, who himself has seen a complete change in fortunes at the club he joined in 2015.

Having spent the entire 2016/17 season out on loan and to return to figure as a bit part player last season, the former Lyon man has established himself as a regular under Bowyer this term and he’s fast becoming a fans favourite.

“Promotion means a lot, it’s been a long journey, my first time in Charlton wasn’t very good, we were in the Championship and got relegation.

“Three years later, we are promoted, and I’m playing so I’m pleased that I’m playing and with what I’ve achieved.”

Bauer - 'Hope he stays'

One man who Sarr has achieved this alongside is Bauer.

The captain on the day Charlton scored the 95th minute winner in what could be his last game with the club with his contract out in the summer.

Sarr, who has formed a formidable partnership with the German over the last six-months expectantly shared his wishes in keeping the ‘BFG’ at the club.

“He’s a great, great player, we’ve seen it all season.

“He’s very trustful.

“I would be happy for him to stay, but it’s not my decision, it’s his and the clubs, but hopefully he stays.”