Academy Notes: Charles Clayden

Charlton Athletic U23s striker Charles Clayden spoke to Valley Gold after the recent 1-1 draw at home to Crewe Alexandra.

The 20-year-old centre forward told Valley Gold:

“This was a frustrating result in reflection of the game considering the dominance in possession and around the box we had as a team.

“We created many good opportunities in the first half with sustained possession and had the opposition on the ropes but failed to get the goal we deserved.

“The second half was a very similar story, however, a lack of concentration towards the hour mark saw us caught out by a cut back cross which Crewe put away which was a disappointing start to the half.

“However, with half an hour to go, we continued to apply pressure and eventually a cross from myself was then cut back by Freddy Barton which came off a Crewe defenders arm leading to a penalty to get us back into the game. Junior Quitirna slotted away the penalty and gave us a platform to go on and win the game.

“Despite good pressure from us for the rest of the game, we could not get the winner and the spoils were shared.”

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