Joe Pigott: Charlton Athletic debut goal delights teenager

Joe Pigott

Charlton Athletic striker Joe Pigott says scoring on his debut for the club was a great moment.

The 19-year-old academy graduate scored a stoppage-time penalty in the 4-0 Capital One Cup victory over Oxford at the Valley on Tuesday.

He told BBC London 94.9: "I loved it. I was very happy although I was maybe a bit lucky to slip it under the keeper.

"It was my first game and I really wanted the penalty. Luckily the other lads backed down."

He added: "Hopefully there will be more in the future."

Pigott, who impressed for the south east London club's development squad last season, admitted he was surprised to play the full match.

"I knew I would start but I didn't expect to play the full 90 minutes," he said.

"I thought someone like Yann [Kermorgant] would come on with 10 or 15 minutes to go.

"It's a positive but we'll see how things go. I tried as hard as I could and got the goal in the end, which is what I do.

"That team has got us through the round so hopefully the gaffer [Chris Powell] will put out the same team in the next round and I can get another game."

The Kent-based striker says he is relishing being involved with the first-team squad.

"It's a good step up and I am enjoying getting stuck in," he said.

"I am working hard to improve and it is a great environment for me.

"I always know I will get chances and I have great confidence in myself that I am going to take them."

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