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Post-match Thread: Charlton Athletic vs Exeter City: Tuesday 3rd October 2023 KO 19:45PM

Visitors Exeter arrived at the Valley in poor form and on a five match winless streak against the Addicks. Charlton started very well, a departure from previous matches where we’ve taken a full half to warm up. A starting Chuks Aneke led the attack, flanked by Alfie May and Slobodan Tedic, and supplied by a hardworking duo of George Dobson and Louis Watson, who all imposed themselves and gave Exeter something to think about. Unfortunately, we’re still a side that has a calamity in us. On 23 minutes our centre backs parted like the Red Sea to allow Scott through on goal in acres of space slotting easily past the returning Ashley Maynard-Brewer to give Exeter the lead. Charlton heads didn’t drop and the team worked themselves back into the game. Just before half-time, a chance fell to Corey Blackett-Taylor when he burst into the box and got on the end of a Chuks Aneke header that ricocheted back off the crossbar and into his path. 

Charlton continued brightly in the second half, but it wasn’t until sixty-five minutes before the deadlock was broken. Tennai Watson was brought down in the box and awarded a penalty. Chuks Aneke wrestled the ball from regular penalty taker Alfie May, only to have his tepid shot saved by the keeper. Yet, Alfie May was determined to score and followed up on the resulting rebound, tapping it in past the desperate defenders. Not long after, Exeter’s Aimson was sent off after a reckless challenge on Alfie May resulted in a straight red. Exeter managed to work themselves back into it a bit, but Charlton made changes, bringing on, among others, young Miles Leaburn. On seventy nine minutes, he scored with a rocket from his right foot a yard out from the penalty spot. Alfie May followed it up some ten minutes later with a second goal, cleaning up in the box to seal the four one win.

We’re far from a well-oiled-machine, but we’re picking up points, we’re better than we’ve been in a long time and, if we can keep scoring, we’re showing glimpses of a team that can compete at the top end of the table.

Charlton 4 Exeter 1

Over to you.


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  • First 45 mins was a really disjointed performance. Purely down to the fact that the front 4 were all over the shop. Second half we sharpened up and really took Exeter apart. 

    Can’t be many sides in this division with this much attacking talent. Appleton has some seriously talent to pick from in the attacking position. To think Dan Kanu hit a hat trick for the 23s yesterday and will probably won’t get a sniff at the bench.

    3 homes wins in a row. Let’s make it 4 on Saturday and we will be right back in the hunt.

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  • Thought we were really good tbh bar there goal. They'll always have a spell at some point but thought we were good all over the pitch, not fantastic but good. There goal was disappointing but we responded really well and fully deserved that win. Louis Watson and Alfie May were great and good to see Chucks start and make a difference from the off! Like Tedic aswell..fully committed.

    Overall..good performance! Tough test on Saturday but confident we can give them a game and make any team earn there 3 points. 
  • edited October 3
    Good performance, still have some daft moments in the defence but the system with May in a free role looks pretty good. Fraser coming back and Chuks starting and actually walking off rather than being helped off is a massive bonus. 
  • Thought we am started very sluggish and May struggled early on
    Our goal and the timing of changed things. 
    Louis Watson set the tone. They should all follow it.
    All in all a good result
  • We ran away with it after the red card, but before then the game was very even. The starting formation left us very open at times, and overloaded in midfield. And very vulnerable to counter attacks with so many players up the pitch.

    It'll certainly be entertaining if we keep playing like that, but it puts a massive workload on the 2 central midfielders. 

    I thought May was too deep in the first half, and Thomas too advanced, May seemed a bit further forward in the second, and was rewarded with 2 poachers goals. L Watson and Chuks were excellent too.
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