Academy Notes: Charles Clayden

Charlton Athletic U23s striker Charles Clayden spoke to Valley Gold after the recent 5-4 victory at Cardiff City.

He told Valley Gold:

“It was a crazy game to play in and I felt we should never have let the game get to what it did in the second half, considering that we had a three-goal advantage at half-time.

“With a free-kick early on from Aaron Henry and goals from myself and Junior Quitirna, the game seemed won at half-time with a 4-1 lead, and I felt we were very good in transition—particularly in the first-half often breaking forward quickly toward the opposition’s goal causing many problems.

“The second half was a different story, in the sense that defensively we could have done a lot better as a team to nullify the opposition. However, this didn’t happen and resulted in Cardiff scoring from three similar crosses to level the game.

“Thankfully, after Cardiff went down to 10 men, Jay Mingi managed to pick the ball up and drive it forwards, creating space for me to get a low shot off across the goal leading to the winner and taking home a much needed three points.”

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