Charlton’s U21s claimed a 2-1 triumph over AFC Bournemouth in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.
Daniel Kanu and Patrick Casey were both on the scoresheet for the young Addicks on the south coast as Michael Hector and Chuks Aneke both completed 65 minutes, while Joe Wollacott played the entirety of the game.
Kanu opened the scoring within just four minutes, stealing the ball from a Bournemouth defender with an aggressive press down the left flank and slotting a left-footed effort past the Cherries stopper.
After Bournemouth levelled proceedings on 73 minutes, substitute Casey restored Charlton’s lead 10 minutes from time when he glanced Richard Chin’s pinpoint cross into the top corner.
Speaking post-match, U21 boss Danny Senda said: “It was a really positive game, to be honest. We had some senior first team involvement and it was pleasing for the younger players to be around those types of players. Their attitude and application towards the game was first class, which always helps.
“Michael Hector played in a back three with Deji Elerewe and Harris O’Connor and his communication was first class.
“Chuks led the line really well. His physicality, certainly at U21 level, is a real asset and strength of his. It was really good for him to get minutes under his belt as well. I’m sure the Manager will be pleased to see that he’s come through the game unscathed.
“Jojo had a really, really calming influence behind the back three. He made really good decisions and that enabled us to take control of the game with his ability to build. He pulled off a really good, point-blank save for us midway through the second half, which was a critical moment in the game.”
Senda’s side are next in action on Tuesday, February 14th when they travel to Colchester United (1pm KO).
Charlton: Wollacott; O’Connor, Elerewe, Hector; Chin, Kedwell, Mitchell (c), Adigun, Dench; Aneke, Kanu
Subs: Kone, Asiimwe, Gough, Santos, Huke, Rylah, Casey
Goals: Kanu 4, Casey 80