Date: 29th August 2017 at 10:52pm
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It must have been a really good feeling by both George and Reeves to score their first goal for the Addicks. The game made an exciting listening via the new Valley Pass. The Addicks made all the running in this Checkatrade Trophy cup game. Dominating much of the game with some slick football that must have pleased Karl Robinson.

Having made 11 changes from the game against Rotherham it was up to the academy youngsters to continue the fine start Charlton have made this season losing only one which by all account they should not have done.

Dillon Phillips in goal made a heroic save when a deflection cannoned of Aaron Barnes which would have been a certain goal for Crawley Town and an own goal for the Addicks.

Sometimes the eagerness to do well can cause players to lose their composure. The first attack launched by the Addicks through Karlan Ahearne-Grant should have been exercised better with crisper finishing. A shot by Grant was placed straight into the hands of Yusuf Mersin when the better option would have been a pull-back to the unmarked Reeco Hackett-Fairchild.

Crawley never really threatened the Addicks goal in the first-half. They did offer some long range efforts which were more speculative than dangerous.

The Addicks took the lead on 37 minutes. Continues pressure from the Addicks forced the Crawley keeper to make hasty clearances with Andrew Crofts pressure. He played the ball to the former MK Dons man, who gave the keeper no chance by turning sharply and firing home from inside the eighteen yard area.

Reeves was the tormentor of Crawley Town`s players until he was replaced by a new comer to the senior quad, Addicks debutant Lapslie. Karl Robinson is known for giving youngsters a chance to shine and he did not disappoint. Ten minutes into the second half, Hackett Fairchild`s flick found Lapslie, who was a little lucky for his shot trickled of the post into the goal.

It was a complete team effort which will give the gaffer a good feeling. It was a bold move to change the entire team which did not work when we played Norwich City. But came through they did. Congratulation for keeping this winning start alive. Good luck to the Addicks on Saturday against Oldham Athletic. A win would be fantastic to keep the pressure on the leaders.

 
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