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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

  • 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

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

Substitutes

  • 5Bauer
  • 10B Clarke
  • 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

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Charlton Athletic 2.

Full Time

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

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

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Luke Croll.

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

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Regan Charles-Cook (Charlton Athletic).

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

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

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

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

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

Foul by Matt Jay (Exeter City).

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

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Jordan Tillson.

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

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

Foul by Alex Byrne (Exeter City).

Attempt saved. Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Christy Pym.

Karlan Ahearne-Grant (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

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

Dismissal

Andrew Crofts (Charlton Athletic) is shown the red card.

Foul by Andrew Crofts (Charlton Athletic).

Matt Jay (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Ryan Brunt replaces Reuben Reid.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Jay replaces Troy Archibald-Henville.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Charlton Athletic 2. Regan Charles-Cook (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Charlton Athletic. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Alex Byrne replaces Lee Holmes.

Goal!

Goal! Exeter City 1, Charlton Athletic 1. Billy Clarke (Charlton Athletic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Liam McAlinden (Exeter City).

Ezri Konsa Ngoyo (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Charlton Athletic. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild replaces Tony Watt.

Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

Anfernee Dijksteel (Charlton Athletic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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