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'We've got lessons to learn'

The winger scored before half-time to make it 2-2 at the break. Kenji Gorre had earlier opened the scoring before Reeco Hackett-Fairchild and Karlan Ahearne-Grant struck for the Addicks.

Hackett-Fairchild’s second goal minutes into the second half saw the League One side end the under-21s’ run in the competition at the second-round stage.

“It was a tough defeat to take because we felt on top most of the game,” the 19-year-old said.

“We created chances in the second half to level things. We were pushing for the equaliser, but it just did not come and that is football sometimes.

“Charlton showed their experience and punished us with the chances they took, so we have to take the lessons from the game.

“There are plenty of positives to take. I think we could have gone further in the competition, but we are still learning at this level.

“We can’t be too downbeat. We have to move on quickly and bounce back to be ready for our cup game against Colchester United on Thursday.

“Every game between now and Christmas is massive for us. It was a great feeling to get my second goal of the season. I love to score and I hope to add to my tally.”

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