Date: 23rd August 2017 at 11:26pm
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Player/coach Johnnie Jackson has admitted he was disappointed to see Charlton Athletic exit the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening against Norwich City but he couldn’t be more pleased with the direction the club is travelling in under new manager Karl Robinson.

With nine changes made to the starting eleven and six Academy graduates taking to the pitch, Jackson felt there were more positives than negatives that could be taken from the game – especially as those youngsters on show would’ve learned a hell of a lot from the game.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his own post game press conference, he explained.

‘I`m disappointed first of all because we`ve lost a game that we wanted to win to get through to the next round. Because they are so good – the young lads – and because our squad allows us to put a side out like we did, we felt like we were capable of winning the game. We had moments that we could have exploited better to have given ourselves more of a chance.’

Jackson went on to say.

‘But from a coaching point of view it was a great learning night for some of the young lads to come here and play in front of a good crowd, on a good pitch, in a beautiful stadium. Norwich more or less put out the side that have been playing with in the league and it was a great test for us. Unfortunately, we`ve come up short but it gives our young lads an idea of the level that you need to be at if you want to go on and play at this level.’

Clearly there will be a return to a more familiar line up this weekend for Rotherham United, and Jackson remained confident that we did have the potential for a good year ahead of us.

‘I think we could maybe do with a couple more just to help us because what we have already got is something special. Some of our young players have got so much ability, so much energy, so much excitement and enthusiasm and it would have been really nice from them to have got through another round. I`m really excited about the direction we`re going in, we`ve got a great group of lads and we are playing some great football at the moment.’

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