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Exeter City 1 Charlton Athletic 2

Come on the 10 men..

Dirty old Charlton turned around a 1-0 deficit to beat a good League Two side 2-1 last night with seven academy graduates on the field.

There were some excellent performances from some of our youngsters as we played some fine attacking football, which should have really had the game done and dusted before City took the lead. But sub Billy Clarke equalized and then one of the young guns 20-year old Regan Charles-Cook calmly slotted in the winner.

Jason Euell was with Robinson at St James’ Park and he watched as Joe Aribo (21), Ezri Konsa (19), Anfernee Dijksteel (20), Karlan Ahearne-Grant (19) and substitute striker Reeco Hackett-Fairchild (19) all impressed. As did Dillon Phillips (22) who was strong in between the posts.

The only blemish was a second red card of the season when Andrew Crofts was sent off in the 83rd minute. Looked a bad tackle from the replay, but Robinson heavily criticized the referee after, almost comically. No doubting his passion for his team though, and his pride in the young men that stepped up last night.

Over 300 Addicks in the west country last night, which was a bit of a surprise, but they witnessed a great performance and a glimpse into the future.

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  1. Tim #

    sounds a second excellent performance. sorry to sound cynical, but based on past evidence isn’t the future really one where the owner sells these promising young players as soon as he can make a turn on them? Charlton as a player farm……

    August 9, 2017
    • Tim, not cynical at all. Quite factual in fact and we wait to see if Konsa is cashed in before the end of August.

      We have always sold our youngsters of course, but wouldn’t it be great if we could at least get 2-3 seasons out them first?

      August 9, 2017
  2. Wyn Grant #

    There are some Addicks who live in the West Country, so I expect some of them turned out. There used to be a Taunton branch of CASC. I did think Robinson’s comments were a bit OTT.

    August 9, 2017
    • You are right Wyn. There are a fair few Addicks out west, still a good number considering they all knew it would be a reserve/youth team.

      Robinson loves a bit of drama doesn’t he?

      August 9, 2017
  3. Mike #

    ….as one of the west country Addicks we can’t believe our luck in having Charlton’s first two away games of the season on our ‘patch’! An easy trip along to Exeter last night and a bit further to Plymouth on Saturday but home again in time for (a late) tea – beats the hack up to London for a home game.
    The ‘B’ team played very well last night with some fluent passing moves and more than held their own against a home team who were certainly no mugs.

    A good turnout of Addicks in the away stand – well, the corner of the home stand, a luxury compared to the rickety old wooden stand across the pitch at St James’ Park that finally looks to have been condemned.
    Thanks for Exeter’s welcome notes on the turnstiles welcoming the fans after their 230 mile journey from SE7, and inviting Addicks to join in the open air bar/refreshment kiosk or go into the supporters club for a pre-match pint – a nice touch from a club run by it’s own supporters trust. A special mention for the real ale and cider bar within the supporters club, run by Trust members – proper beer/cider & proper pasties (for a quid at the end of the evening) run by really nice people.
    It makes a change to see a bit of reality away from the corporate shenanigans that we have had to suffer over the last few years….yes, Exeter have suffered grievously as a club over the last 5 years but they are turning things around as a club and have a great ethos. A real breath of fresh air and a good antidote to the money boys of the top 2 divisions.

    All in all a great first ‘local’ away game, good performance on the pitch led by that old war-horse Jacko, fist pumps n’all in the last few minutes of the game as play seemed stuck in the corner in front of the assembled Addicks and the game played at a very friendly, though competitive, club.

    Now for Plymouth….. don’t think the welcome will be as warm at Home Park but more cider & pasties to be enjoyed and hopefully 3 points to relish on the short trip back to East Devon, as long as we can keep 11 players on the pitch…..

    August 9, 2017
    • Thanks Mike. That was a great report. I would love to hear from you again after Plymouth. Enjoy the cider and pasties. COYR

      August 9, 2017
  4. Nigel Reddick #

    Perhaps I am biased CA but I thought the penalty really harsh. think Crofts cam in at 90 degrees to their player and won the ball, with the Exeter player coming in marginally later. Didn’t look out of control and I can’t see it was studs up if the player isn’t running on to you. Saw a video of one of Dartford’s goals at Braintree on Tuesday. Tom Murphy is badly hurt by two slide tackles as two defenders finish with their legs wrapped round him – no celebration just a lot of pain (which I think is an indicator it is genuine). and of course no yellows. Hate to use that word, but consistency?….

    Pembury Addick

    August 10, 2017

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