Date: 9th August 2017 at 2:02pm
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Manager Karl Robinson has hailed the performances of Charlton’s youngsters in last night’s victory over Exeter.

Travelling to St James Park for the League Cup first round tie, Charlton took a two one victory on the evening with goals from Clarke and Charles-Cook but we had to come from behind in the game after the hosts opening the scoring ten minutes into the second half.

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, Robinson’s delight was clear to see especially as six Academy graduates started the game. Anfernee Dijksteel also made his debut, with Reeco Hackett-Fairchild made it seven with his late substitute appearance.

‘I`m very, very proud of the performance. We had seven academy graduates on the pitch today and some of the play was excellent. The players were very, very good. Their attitude was exceptional and, again, our shape was very good. But the only disappointing thing was for me was that I thought we should have won the game by three or four in the first half. We missed too many chances.’

Robinson went on to say.

‘From Dillon, to Ezri, to Anfernee, Joe, Cookie, Karlan and brining on Reeco at the end, it shows that Steve Avory is the best at what he does in the country. Games like today, against a very good League Two side in front of a very hostile crowd at times, are a tremendous learning curve for all those young players and they`ve come through it with flying colours.’

With a second dismissal in as many games, Robinson again felt that the referee had made a very harsh decision in showing Andrew Crofts a straight red card.

‘The referee was poor. The tackle on Saturday wasn`t a sending off and this one was disgusting. The assistant, who was stood next to me, gave it. Crofty went to ground, the lad has seen him, turned his left leg and backed into him. How is that a red card? I tell my players to play the right way and it looks like a lack of discipline on me. It`s good old-fashioned tackling. I didn`t even think it was a booking.’

He did joke.

‘Going down to 10 men every week is a new tactic. Maybe it will catch on!’

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