Date: 23rd August 2017 at 11:08pm
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Manager Karl Robinson has reflected on the heavy EFL Cup defeat for Charlton Athletic to Norwich City, but he felt there were plenty of positives he could take.

Heading to Carrow Road for the second round tie, Norwich took a four one victory despite Charlton opening the scoring through Lee Novak in the 5th minute.

With a much changed side on the display for the match, Norwich certainly dominated and deserved their victory, but for Robinson with youngsters on show, he knew how invaluable that experience would be for their own development and that would only benefit the club down the line.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his post game press conference, Robinson explained that he was satisfied with the lessons the side would learn, even if we didn’t progress in the competition.

He made nine changes and we had six Academy graduates in the starting eleven.

‘The most important thing tonight is that these young players have learned a different side of the game. It`s ok going to Exeter, popping it about and looking classy and silky. It`s when you come to these places and things don`t quite go for you – how do you respond? Do you go home, watch the DVD and look at what you did, what the person that played against you did and do you bring that into me on Thursday and say ‘gaffer, can we chat about what`s here`? Then we can have a discussion and get it right.’

He went on to say.

‘It`s a tremendous learning curve for them. It tells us an awful lot about where some of them are at. They`ve played in front of a big crowd against a team that will be competing at the top end of the Championship because of the quality they`ve got. I`m pleased that we gave our young players another chance. This is the philosophy, ethos and DNA of Charlton Athletic – that young players should be given an opportunity.’

As for the scoreline itself, whilst he couldn’t begrudge Norwich their win on the evening, he did feel that was harsh based on our efforts and the overall performance.

‘It`s a harsh industry. I think sometimes a 4-1 can be a drubbing and our result on Saturday was a 4-1 game. Here today, the two last goals were deflections and they got a bit of luck and their finishing was excellent. But we had a chance at 1-1 when we simply had to score, Josh Magennis had a chance at 2-1 which was better than all the chances that they created, which we didn`t take.’

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