Academy Notes: Freddy Barton

Charlton Athletic Academy U23s defender Freddy Barton spoke to Valley Gold for Academy Notes after last weeks 1-0 win away at local rivals Millwall.

The energetic and reliable full-back who signed with the club aged 8 told Valley Gold:

“From the kick-off, I felt the boys were at it and this showed as we managed to take an early lead thanks to some good link-up play. Albie Morgan played a splitting through ball into the path of Josh Davidson who managed to lift it cutely over the Millwall keeper, this set the tone for the rest of the game.

“We played on the front foot throughout, pressing intensely when possible and forcing turnovers from Millwall. Regain numbers were high and we continued to grow into the game. I felt our intensity and determination across the pitch were at a consistently high level.

“Second half I felt we opposed our dominance, creating numerous chances both prior to and following a high tackle on Charlie Barker: which saw Millwall’s number 11 dismissed. The best of our chances included close strikes from Albie Morgan, who was denied only by the bar, and Aaron Henry who came close following some tidy play around the edge of the box. A header from Lucas Ness nearly extended the lead but was saved off the line.

“Overall, it finished a dominant 1-0 display, coming away deserved victors against our rivals.”

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