EFL Cup - First Round
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Exeter City 1-2 Charlton Athletic

Karl Robinson's selection gamble paid off as Charlton came from behind late on to beat Exeter in the EFL Cup.

The Addicks boss made 11 changes from the side which opened their League One campaign with a 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers.

And it looked like Robinson was going to be left red-faced when Lee Holmes' 54th-minute free-kick evaded a clutch of players and nestled in the far corner.

But Charlton staged a stirring fightback to seal their place in the second round.

Billy Clarke came off the bench to fire the equaliser after 72 minutes before academy product Regan Charles-Cook produced an accomplished finish to seal the outcome.

Charlton were reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute when Andrew Crofts saw red for a late challenge on Matt Jay but the League One side held on.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Archibald-HenvilleSubstituted forJayat 81'minutes
  • 39Brown
  • 23Croll
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forByrneat 73'minutes
  • 4James
  • 6TillsonBooked at 60mins
  • 25Taylor
  • 33ReidBooked at 58minsSubstituted forBruntat 81'minutes
  • 19McAlinden

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 11Wheeler
  • 13Hamon
  • 14Brunt
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 20Jay
  • 24Byrne

Charlton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Phillips
  • 34Dijksteel
  • 15Konsa
  • 23Sarr
  • 4Jackson
  • 8CroftsBooked at 82mins
  • 17Aribo
  • 24Charles-CookBooked at 90mins
  • 12ReevesSubstituted forClarkeat 59'minutes
  • 18Ahearne-Grant
  • 32WattSubstituted forHackett-Fairchildat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Bauer
  • 10Clarke
  • 30Kennedy
  • 31Umerah
  • 33Barnes
  • 35Maynard-Brewer
  • 37Hackett-Fairchild
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
2,699

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCharlton
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home12
Away26
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home16
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 1, Charlton Athletic 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Charlton Athletic 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Luke Croll.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lloyd James (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  8. Booking

    Regan Charles-Cook (Charlton Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Regan Charles-Cook (Charlton Athletic).

  10. Post update

    Luke Croll (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

  12. Post update

    Billy Clarke (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

  14. Post update

    Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matt Jay (Exeter City).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  19. Post update

    Anfernee Dijksteel (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Alex Byrne (Exeter City).

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