2017/18 English Carabao Cup, First Round
  • Lee Holmes (54')
  • Billy Clarke (72')
  • Regan Charles-Cook (79')
  • Andrew Crofts (82')

Regan Charles-Cook strike earns Charlton Carabao Cup victory

Karl Robinson's selection gamble paid off as Charlton came from behind late on to beat Exeter 2-1 in the Carabao 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.
Tony Watt wasted a glorious chance to fire the visitors in front in the 21st minute after making a hash of his back-post effort following Joe Aribo's deflected effort.
Addicks keeper Dillon Phillips produced a brilliant, one-handed save to deny Jake Taylor after the midfielder Lee Holmes' cross with a powerful header.
Holmes shocked Charlton when his free-kick went through a sea of bodies before nestling in the bottom corner to give Exeter the lead.
Charlton levelled after 72 minutes when Karlan Ahearne-Grant crossed and Clarke's effort was deflected past Pym.
The tie was decided after 79 minutes when Charles Cook produced a fine finish, steering the ball into the bottom corner.
Charlton were reduced to 10 men three minutes later when Andrew Crofts saw red for a late challenge on Matt Jay.

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