Marshall reflects on loss at Colchester

Scott Marshall

Assistant Coach, Scott Marshall, said a young Charlton side were hurting following a late loss at Colchester United in the Papa John’s Trophy but will learn a lot from the game.

The Addicks dominated most of the game, completing more than double the amount of passes their opponents did and creating plenty of chances, including Albie Morgan’s well-worked opener.

Speaking after the game Marshall said: “We score a great goal and dominated large parts of the game. We had a young team in the last five-10 minutes and they will be all the better for the experience in the long run but right now it is a bit of a sore one losing the game in the last couple of minutes, it is always difficult to take. Certainly they are hurting in there and we are all hurting from the result. I’m sure when the dust settles, we’ll look at it, we’ll pick up the pieces.

“I think we should have been out of sight really, with the chances we’ve created, certainly in the first hour.”

Albie Morgan scored a 17th-minute goal to put Charlton 1-0 up, getting on the end of a 15-pass move.

Marshall said: “It was a great goal from Albie, he scored here pre-season as well. It was a fantastic strike pre-season. The build-up to the goal today was really good, some great play around the box to create the situation and Albie tucked it away really well. We had two or three more situations like that as well where we’ve broken through and there have been some neat passes around the box and the keeper has made a good save or it has just gone the wrong side of the post for us. There are big moments throughout that hour and we could be quite well out of sight and we probably needed that in the last five minutes.”

The home side scored twice in the last few minutes of the game to snatch a win after a brilliant penalty save from Sam Hornby to keep out Jack Payne in the 76th minute.

“It was a good double save,” Marshall continued, “the second bit as well, he does well to get across and make that save. I think the game would have been over at that stage if the penalty goes in. We have to take those chances, when it is a low scoring game, like football is, they are going to throw everything at you in the last five-10 minutes, they had some big physicality coming on as well, which will be an eye opener for the young guys, in terms of seeing out a corner and the details around that – making sure we do the right things. We’ve just come unstuck, they’ll be a lot stronger for the experience but right now it is a sore one.”

Diallang Jaiyesmi limped off in the first half and was wearing a boot at full time. Marshall confirmed this was a pre-caution and added: “It is still very early. We’re a little bit concerned that he had to come off but we’ll see how it is.”

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