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Charlton Athletic 4 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

A comfortable win tonight on a night full of shocks and the Addicks reached the League Cup 2nd Round for the 3rd successive season. Seven Championship sides meanwhile went out.

Luzon managed to put out a strong line-up despite sprinkling it with a 17 and an 18-year old, as well as giving full debuts to Naby Sarr, Cristian Ceballos and Zakarya Bergdich. We started positively, which is always important in these games, and Tony Watt continued where he left off on Saturday when the Scotsman latched on Jackson’s pass and fired home in the 26th minute.

Watt also set up 17-year old Karlan Ahearne-Grant’s first ever senior goal just before the break, a tap in it may well have been but it would have tasted very sweet.
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Fatally wounded by Daggers?

Dagenham & Redbridge 2 Charlton Athletic 1
Another horrible performance from the Addicks today. Paul Benson failed a late fitness test and was replaced as match summariser by the helplessly optimistic Liam Happe but it was desperate listening and the 1,156 Addicks in the away end voiced their opinions loudly at the end of each half and particularly when Wagstaff, seemingly our best player, was replaced by Reid just after the hour when we were already two-down.

There is a view that Chris Powell should be given time to build his own team, and I understand that. There is also a notion that we should write this season off, Peter Varney has allegedly already said as much. Powell denied that tonight but the players have clearly given up the ghost and by their lack of effort look to have given up on Powell. Question is should we?
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Charlton Athletic 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 2
I don’t know what Lennie Lawrence and Robert Lee thought at the end of Saturday’s game but at least they won’t have to go again on Tuesday. And I worry that a lot of other Addicks will be thinking the same this morning as a dark realism descends upon us. That stark realism is that for the first time in four centuries this could be our level for a few years.
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I dreamt last night that I was at the game tomorrow, and in the excitement I got lost confusing the Covered End with the Jimmy Seed Stand. Strange, but I was excited, I was, it’s a London derby after all.

Dagenham & Redbridge are surely the most merged football club in the country with the Daggers roots being in Ilford, Leytonstone, Walthamstow, Redbridge and Dagenham. Quite different from next Tuesday’s opponents who had their identity stolen and not combined.

As others have more eloquently said our season so far sits on a precipice. If we look down then it has been a season lacking in creativity, goals and continuity. If you look upwards then the season smells of a promising work in progress with no serious barricades in our way.
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Bring home the Racon

Charlton Athletic 1 Dagenham & Redbridge 0
I was at London Bridge around 5ish last night and I lingered long over the departures board toying with the idea of jumping on a train to SE7 to get my first glimpse of us this season. In the end the fact that getting back to my parents after the game would have been a probable no-no and also that I wanted to spend my last night with my son together, I grabbed a cornish pasty and a coffee and jumped on the train to East Croydon with the other cattle instead.

Sky Sports News was more interested in the last remnants of a dull transfer deadline day than what was happening around the country in the JPT, although we did get a report after about an hour on Therry Racon’s goal and @CAFCofficial did it’s normal top-class job on Twitter.

The league is more important, of course but a cup victory is a rare and welcome occurrence whatever the competiton and 4, 630 believers came out to watch, which was a very credible turnout.

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