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10-Aug 23:02, by Ketts

The draw for the Second Round of the Carabao Cup was made on Thursday evening, and the Addicks will look to continue their 100% winning start to the season on Saturday.

Charlton were not seeded in the Second Round draw of the Carabao Cup on Thursday. The draw was, again, regionalised.

The Addicks were paired with Norwich City in a game that is likely to be played on 22 August. After originally being announced as a home game, it was later changed, and will now be played at Carrow Road.

Karl Robinson will be hoping to keep his team's early season momentum going with a third successive win at Plymouth on Saturday.

The arduous journey will eased as the team will fly to Exeter, as Robinson explained:

"Some of our staff who came back from Exeter, it took them six, seven hours to come back because of the traffic.

"It’s a long way and being able to fly there, gives us no excuses, no fatigue, the players who will be playing will be fresh.

"There is very minimal flying to Exeter - and then it’s an hour down to Plymouth. It’s a functional way - it used to be the Charlton way for a number of years at the top level.

"The club have backed that, the board have said ‘yes - don’t get used to it!’ But they’ve seen playing Exeter away, winning the game, there will be more money coming through. So, it gives us that little bit of leeway with the budget to go and do other things.

"The board were brilliant, they were really supportive of that. They just said ‘go and win, that’s your objective’. Jacko said to me ‘there are no traffic lights in the sky'!”

Newly promoted Plymouth lost their opening game at Peterborough, and were then thumped 5-0 by Bristol City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Robinson is expecting the Pilgrims to be difficult opponents in their first home game of the season:

"We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do, we know our game plan. We’re very clear on our instructions to the players.

"We’re going to make it a very difficult afternoon for them, hopefully. But they’ll equally make it difficult for us, they’re a very strong and physical team.

"Don’t forget, it’s their very first game at home, they’ve had two away games. They’ll be saying ‘let’s start our campaign off where it matters’. It’s a massive game for both clubs.

"We want to keep our winning run going, we want to get that winning mentality that breeds success and confidence.

"We know how good they’re going to be, and not for one moment, do I look at their team on Tuesday and think it’ll have any correspondence to what happens on Saturday," said the boss.

Robinson will have to make one enforced change from the team that started against Bristol Rovers, as Lee Novak is serving a three match suspension.

Josh Magennis said he expected to be fit for the game, but Robinson said on Thursday that the Ulsterman will be sidelined for another week or two.

The manager has limited options up front, and may start with Tony Watt.

Charlton could look like this:

Amos; Solly, Bauer, Pearce, DaSilva; Kashi, Forster-Caskey, Holmes, Clarke, Fosu; Watt.

Subs: Phillips, Dijksteel, Konsa, Sarr, Aribo, Ahearne-Grant, Hackett-Fairchild.

The referee will be John Brooks of Leicestershire.

Robinson will be looking to his attacking midfield trio of Ricky Holmes, Billy Clarke and Tariqe Fosu to supply plenty of goals this season.

If they can contribute at Home Park, the Addicks could come home with all three points.









 

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