Date: 23rd July 2017 at 11:00pm
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Manager Karl Robinson feels that Charlton Athletic are making good progress given some of the passages of play he saw in our victory over Stevenage at the weekend.

Heading to the Lamex, Charlton made it four pre season victories in a row as we took a two one victory but had to fight to come from behind with the hosts opening the scoring.

Karlan Ahearne-Grant got us back on level terms five minutes before the half time break and Jake Forster-Caskey hit the all important second after the restart and with that being the end of the scoring, we picked up another win.

Stevenage:

Fryer (Day 76), Henry (Turgott 60), Wilkinson (Wilmot 60), Franks (Iontton 76), Martin (Ferry 76), Pett (Trialist 76), Gorman (Fraser 76), Beautyman (Trialist 76), Liburd (Samuel 46), Mckee (Conlon 60), Newton (Slater 60).

Goal: Franks (35).

Charlton:

Phillips, Solly, Konsa (Sarr 78), Pearce, Dasilva (Barnes 86), Kashi (Aribo 78), Forster-Caskey (Crofts 78), Marshall (Ahearne-Grant 28), Holmes (Stewart 65), Fosu (Clarke 65), Novak (Magennis 46).

Subs:

Beeney.

Goals: Ahearne-Grant (40), Forster-Caskey (56).

Referee: D Deadman.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, Robinson was delighted with the control we had in the game even though we found ourselves behind in the opening period.

‘I thought our football in the first fifteen minutes was sensational. Probably the best I`ve seen since I`ve been at the club – how quickly we moved the football and how efficient we were. The biggest disappointment for me was the lack of taking our chances. We paid for it, we were 1-0 down and you thought ‘where`s that come from` as we were the better team. But we recovered really well from that and some of our football today was excellent. Some of our decision making wasn`t great and that can improve but we`re still two weeks away and that continuity and understanding will get better.’

The downside to the day was the injury sustained by Mark Marshall who had to go off with a knee problem just prior to the half hour mark. He left the ground on crutches and we are awaiting an update.

‘I was disappointed with Marshy coming off. He had a bit of a knee problem. He went in and stunted his knee. Hopefully it won`t be too bad. It doesn`t look good but we`ll see.’

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