Charlton Athletic club captain Jason Pearce took to Instagram on Tuesday night to express his enthusiasm about the young talent coming through the Charlton youth setup despite the side’s League Cup first round exit.
Mark Robinson’s AFC Wimbledon were the victors at The Valley on Tuesday evening, with Paul Osew scoring the only goal of the game in the 26th minute. Nigel Adkins made seven changes from the eleven that earned a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the season and paid the price with the Wombles, who too rotated with eight fresh faces, advancing to the next stage.
There were five full debuts with pre-season starlet Deji Elerewe, 17, slotting in alongside Pearce at centre back, Jacob Roddy, 18, at left back, with Charles Clayden, 20, and Hady Ghandour, 21, on the flanks. Johl Powell, 21, also making his first appearance for the club outside of the Papa John’s Trophy as an 82nd minute substitute.
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Pearce posted: “Not the result we wanted at all, but was great to see so many young lads get their opportunity. Some good players coming through.”
The Addicks are next in action away to Oxford United on Saturday, the four full debutants of Tuesday evening were all in the matchday squad on the opening day so it will be interesting to see if they can get some more minutes under their belt in the weeks to come.
There was not a deafening claim from a youngster for Adkins to throw them into his starting eleven for the upcoming matches on Tuesday evening, but the manager will not be too disheartened by the defeat.
With the thin squad he possesses, not having another midweek cup tie to contend with in the coming weeks is a positive.
It was a good runout for the U23 players, getting some exposure in front of a home crowd, however none are likely to be heavily involved at the Kassam Stadium this weekend.
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