Date: 9th August 2017 at 2:18pm
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Tuesday evening’s League Cup tie against Exeter City saw a number of debut’s for Charlton Athletic youth graduates.

With a total of seven young players on show across the 90 minutes, Anfernee Dijksteel and Reeco Hackett-Fairchild both made their debuts, and Regan Charles-Cook scored his first senior goal in the two one victory.

Speaking to the Official Site to reflect on their achievements, all three players were speaking to the media post game.

Beginning with 20 year old midfielder Charles-Cook, he credited assistant manager Lee Bowyer’s advice ahead of the game.

‘Bow was just telling me before the game to keep everything low and I did just that. I saw my opportunity, kept it low and passed it into the net. It`s a great feeling to go to bed with. I`m very happy. I`m a lot more confident and the loan at Solihull taught me a lot. It got the goalscoring part of my game back because I went there and scored a few goals and came into the new season confident and raring to go. I`m happy that the gaffer gave me the opportunity. He told me to express myself and I`m happy with my performance.’

Hackett-Fairchild came into the game from the bench in the 67th minute of the game, and the 19 year old more than played his part in seeing the game turned around.

‘It was amazing. I wasn`t expecting the gaffer to call me on as early as he did, but when he did I just thought to myself to be confident. I came out, had a couple of chances and should have scored, but it was a great day and I enjoyed it. It leaves me 100 per cent hungry and it`s given me a lot more confidence going into my next game if I`m given the chance.’

He went on to add.

‘It definitely gives us more confidence to be out there alongside our U23 teammates and having Jason Euell here tonight in the dugout helped too. They give you advice during the game and help you get through it if they`ve had experience doing it before so it definitely helps having familiar faces around you.’

20 year old Dijksteel also made is debut in the game, and he too built on the plaudits he’d received during pre season showings.

‘I`m really happy to make my first start and I think I played a good game. The whole team did. I still prefer centre midfield! But I think I did well at right-back and I will always do my best to play in any position so I will just work hard on every position I`m asked to play. It gave my some confidence to hear the manager speak well of me after Norwich and he also talked to me during and after the game, telling me to just be confident and show my talent and that`s what I feel I did.’

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