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Mason Burstow sends message to Charlton Athletic fans after defeat at Crewe

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Mason Burstow was the shining light in a very frustrating performance from Charlton Athletic on Wednesday evening, with the Addicks’ distant play-off hopes abruptly ended by 22nd placed Crewe Alexandra.

The Addicks were much the better side and got into some great attacking positions in the opening exchanges but ultimately found themselves 2-0 down going into half time.

Oliver Finney and Mikael Mandron capitalised on some sloppy defending in what was a very difficult evening for Charlton backup goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, in his first league appearance for over three years, to gain a firm grip on proceedings.

Burstow replaced Ben Purrington on 58 minutes and halved the deficit with an instinctive header ten minutes from time.

If it was not for Jonathan Leko taking up a bizarre offside position, the 18-year-old would have supplied a sublime chested assist for Elliot Lee’s late deflected strike deep in additional time but the goal was correctly disallowed and the hosts held on for a 2-1 victory.

Burstow took to Twitter to reflect on the game and celebrate his first league goal in senior football.

He wrote: “Buzzing to score my first league goal of my career, shame it can’t be celebrated the way I would like without the win.

“Lots of learning to take from the game.

“Thanks to all the travelling fans.”

The 18-year-old has now scored four goals in all competitions this season and could be set for his first league start in the South Londoners’ trip to Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

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Burstow has looked bright in the Papa John’s Trophy in particular this season, but not many Charlton supporters would have expected him to stake such a commanding claim to be heavily involved in league action.

With Jayden Stockley’s return date from a hip injury unspecified it looks like there could be a vacancy at the top of the pitch in the second half of the season.

Burstow has been directly involved in the Addicks’ two goals in their last five games and is becoming hard to ignore for Johnnie Jackson.

Charlton are looking over their shoulders a touch at the six point gap between themselves and the relegation zone, if they can extend that gap in the coming there will be a platform to give Burstow a regular run in the team with very little to play for in the second half of the campaign.


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