Wednesday 21 December 2022

Charlton through to quarter finals

Pessimists were forecasting a 0-4 or 1-5 defeat by Brighton tonight, but Charlton won through to the quarter finals of the Football League Cup, the only club outside the Premier League to do so.  With the scoreline 0-0 at full time, Charlton won 4-3 in the penalty shootout. 

This is the first Charlton victory over a Premier League club since 2007.

Attendance was 17,464 with 6,264 away fans.

Richard Cawley commented: 'Maynard-Brewer and Dobson both been immense. But it's been a really spirited team display on top of that.'

The Addicks were almost behind in the opening five minutes when Lewis Dunk headed a Solly March corner narrowly wide.

However, former England international Lallana almost opened the scoring in spectacular fashion when he collected Tariq Lamptey’s square ball, turned and grazed the crossbar from 20 yards. But Charlton had their chances in the first half too, Jack Payne cutting inside and fizzing a low shot straight at Jason Steele in the Brighton goal.

Steele then came out to bravely deny Miles Leaburn, who was booked for his challenge on the keeper, before Dunk slid in to block Steven Sessegnon’s goalbound shot.

Roberto De Zerbi sent on another of his World Cup contingent, Japan winger Kaoru Mitoma, at the start of the second half in a bid to find some urgency.

It had an effect as Maynard-Brewer quickly had to tip Levi Colwill’s header over before March darted past a couple of challenges into the area only to prod his finish wide. However, it remained a stalemate and Steele looked set to be the hero in the shootout, saving from George Dobson and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi.

But when March blazed over and Caicedo’s effort was saved, Lavelle stepped up to send the underdogs through.

Caretaker manager Anthony Hayes says that Charlton must use their win as a springboard for their League One form:

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