Henry: "I'm absolutely over the moon"


It was a memorable night at The Valley on Tuesday for academy graduate Aaron Henry, who helped book the Addicks' place in the second round of the Carabao Cup in fine fashion.

The 18-year-old drew Charlton level with a sensational strike in the last minute of normal time, rifling home an exquisite half-volley from 20 yards to force a penalty shootout with visitors Queens Park Rangers.

Having scored the goal to send the tie to penalties, Henry calmly dispatched the Addicks' fourth spot-kick before Eoghan O'Connell did likewise to send Charlton through.

"I'm absolutely over the moon," Henry told CharltonTV. "Obviously to get on in the first place is good for me and it was a chance for me to showcase to the Manager what I can do. To get a goal like that I'm really pleased and obviously going through against a Championship side - it's a great night.


"It's a similar goal to one I scored a few years ago against Swansea [in the academy] on the volley. It just felt so sweet. I couldn't actually see it go into the net because I was on the floor, so I watched it back on the big screen as I was walking back to the halfway line! I was really pleased with it.

"The gaffer asked me if I wanted to take a penalty and I said yeah," added the midfielder. "I think a player that is good technically - and I believe I am - should always take a penalty, so I would never step down from that. I was confident and I'm glad I put it away."

Henry is one of a number of academy graduates to feature under Ben Garner following the Manager's appointment in June.

"It's really exciting times," said Henry. "Since the gaffer has come in he has been really good with the young players. He's very clear in what he wants and as young players that's all we want really - honesty and a chance."

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