Date: 31st August 2017 at 4:56pm
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Manager Karl Robinson has spoken of his delight at seeing Charlton Athletic take victory over Crawley Town in the midweek EFL Trophy clash.

Heading to the Broadfield Stadium for the game on Tuesday evening, goals from Ben Reeves and George Lapslie gave us the comfortable two nil victory and the main delight for Robinson was the fact we had no fewer than 12 Academy graduates involved in the match day 16 squad – ten got pitch time.

Speaking to the Official Site following the victory, a proud manager once again hailed the youth at the club.

‘George Lapslie getting his goal and young Taylor coming on at the end was the icing on the cake. To have so many players take to the pitch that were academy graduates was excellent. Ten academy graduates played some part in the game and that is a real testament to the academy and to everybody associated with the football club. The academy staff do a fantastic job and I just reap the rewards at the end of it. It`s a real team effort in the development of young players and I`m really pleased for everyone at the football club.’

Robinson went on to say.

‘I`m really happy with the performance and the goalscorers for different reasons. Reevesy showed his quality in the final third – he hits that target nine times out of 10 with his left foot – and that is why we brought him to the club. He`s a goalscoring number 10 and everyone knows that I want us to average two goals per game, so that we can score over 100 goals in all competitions. We also want to keep clean sheets. We kept a great one on Saturday and another tonight.’

There was also praise for the fans with 650 travelling.

‘I couldn`t believe it and we were talking about it in the dugout. We named the team early so people knew that they weren`t going to see our normal team; the Ricky Holmes` the Jake Forster-Caskeys. We know Crawley isn`t too far away but it just shows how important the young players mean to our fans. They were here to support our young team and if Jacko and Crofty weren`t in the squad then we would have been even younger.’

There was also a transfer update following the game from the gaffer.

‘As we stand here now, we`re happy with what we`ve got. I`ve said from the outset that I wanted a striker but we`re scoring goals from all over the pitch at the moment. It`s going to be busy over the next 48 hours – maybe keeping our players. Hopefully as the transfer window comes to a close we can be quite resolute about what we want to do moving forward.’

Only a few hours left…but 20 year old striker Brandon Hanlan has headed out to Colchester United on a loan spell that will expire on January 14. He made 15 senior appearances for us last season following his debut off the bench on the opening day of the 2016/17 campaign and he took in a loan spell with Bromley in the second half of last year – scoring four times for them in an eight game spell.

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