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Posted Tue 14 Aug 12 at 23:01 PM

Gary Haines reports from The Valley

Charlton suffered spot-kick agony as the Addicks exited the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

The League One side progressed to the second round 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 stalemate at The Valley as Addicks boss Chris Powell watched from the stands after being sent off from the touchline in the second half.

Skipper Johnnie Jackson saw his opening effort from 12 yards saved and Lawrie Wilson hit the crossbar with Orient netting their first two to take early charge.

Danny Green’s clinical effort cut the deficit after three rounds as Ben Hamer dived to deny Ben Chorley.

The remaining kickers held their nerve – subs Bradley Wright-Phillips and Bradley Pritchard for the hosts and Lloyd James for the O’s.

And it was left for youngster Ryan Brunt to fire home the decisive spot-kick for the East End side and seal their passage through.

The sides were locked together after two hours of action with Scott Wagstaff’s deflected effort cancelled out by Mathieu Baudry’s header in the last knockings of the opening period.

Both sides had chances after that, none better than David Mooney’s penalty which the former Addick loanee hammered against the bar.

Green twice hit the woodwork for the hosts and Brunt squandered a great Orient opening on the break but penalties would settle this derby, the feel-good factor from the Olympic Stadium clearly rubbing off on their footballing neighbours.

The Addicks took the lead in the 28th minute as Scott Wagstaff’s angled shot from the right went in via a deflection off Gary Sawyer.

They were good value for the lead but Orient drew level in the dying embers of the half as Baudry rose to head home a corner.

Orient then missed a golden opportunity to take the lead four minutes into the second half.

A challenge from debutant Wilson on former Addick Mooney promoted referee Gavin Ward to point to the spot, but the Irishman could not cash in as he hammered his penalty against the bar.

Powell then took centre stage as he was sent to the stands after disputing a decision that went against Cedric Evina, the boss far from happy as he eventually trudged down the tunnel.

The boss, who was banned from the touchline in the early weeks of last season, would eventually resurface in the directors' box, and he saw Danny Green twice hit the woodwork, direct from a corner and then with a quickly-taken free-kick.

At the other end Orient were a threat on the break and Ben Hamer had to get down well to deny Dean Cox, while the visitors spurned a great chance on a two-on-one surge as substitute Ryan Brunt’s low shot was saved – with fellow replacement Michael Symes fuming in the middle.

The match headed into extra-time and the best chance went the way of the visitors as a Symes effort at a corner was cleared off the line by Evina with the loose ball fired just wide.

And O’s, who lost their last penalty shoot-out 14-13 against Dagenham & Redbridge, held their nerve in a tense shoot-out to leave the Addicks to fully focus on their Championship challenge. 

In terms of team news, Charlton’s three summer signings were handed debuts.

Wilson, Jordan Cook and Salim Kerkar got the nod from manager Powell, who also handed a full debut to tall striker Michael Smith.

Wilson joined from Stevenage in the summer, having left the Addicks after two years in the U18 ranks, and started at right-back as Powell made eight changes from Saturday’s final friendly win at Fulham.

The outfield two to keep their places were centre-back Leon Cort and midfielder Danny Hollands, the latter partnered by former Rangers man Kerkar in central midfield.

But the occasion was a final audition for the new-look class of 2012/13 ahead of their Championship opener at Birmingham City at the weekend.

Cook, snapped up as a free agent after leaving Sunderland in the summer, started on the left hand side having played at The Valley on loan at Carlisle United last term – not to mention being part of the Black Cats youth side that beat the Addicks in the 2008 FA Youth Cup quarter-finals.

Green completed the midfield quartet with Scott Wagstaff pushing further forward into a striking berth alongside Smith, whose brief cameo in the FA Cup win at FC Halifax Town last year saw him set up the fourth goal for Bradley Pritchard.

Ben Hamer was in goal with Cedric Evina at left-back and skipper Matt Taylor partnering Cort in the heart of defence.

Powell could call on his big guns if required with Wright-Phillips, Jackson and Michael Morrison all available if required. John Sullivan, Chris Solly, Bradley Pritchard and Paul Hayes completed the reserve ranks.

The League One visitors boasted a couple of familiar faces in their ranks in the shape of Kevin Lisbie and David Mooney, the former who netted 19 goals in 176 appearances for the club in a 10-season spell.

Inside the opening minute Kerkar fizzed a low drive just wide after sauntering into space and another new face Cook, electrified the crowd with some nimble footwork on the left before his pull-back was turned behind for a corner.

Hamer had to get down smartly to snare Orient’s first shot in anger, a well-struck effort from Lisbie from the edge of the box as the clock reached seven.

And when Hamer’s clearance clattered against his own man Taylor, the ball span out to Mooney who didn’t react with the substance his manager would have desired, spooning a first time shot over the bar.

A crunching tackle from Green on Dean Cox drew warm applause from the crowd but Hollands couldn’t quite get the ball under control as he drove into the box.

Smith’s knock-down from a Kerkar pass was controlled and then fired off target by Green on 13 minutes and the winger, a central figure at this stage, cut in from the left but saw his low shot saved by Ryan Allsop.

Hamer easily dealt with a low Mooney effort after tenacious work from Anthony Griffith Baudry while at the other end Evina was wildly wide after advancing into visiting territory with purpose.

After two fearsome challenges in as many moments, Lloyd James was booked in the 25th minute after wiping out Wagstaff on the left – but the winger was on target three minutes later as the hosts drew first blood.

It came after a superb break from their own half with Cook, with Evina sprinting up on his left, instead electing to feed Wagstaff in the inside right challenge.

The winger looked up and drove in a shot from the right and the ball deflected off Gary Sawyer, desperately sliding in, and wrong-footed Allsop on its way into the back of the net.

It was a fine goal, Charlton’s first of the season, with the youngster, who scored the second of last term with a superb volley, again off the mark quickly.

Green almost added a second soon afterwards after another good move.

Cook fed Wagstaff to his right and as he rolled the ball back to the edge of the box Smith showed good awareness to tee up Green, whose curling effort flew narrowly wide.
Powell temporarily tended to Jimmy Smith after a nasty-looking aerial collision with namesake Michael before Cox flighted a free-kick over the bar for the visitors.

Cook volleyed into a half-full Jimmy Seed after a corner was half-cleared and Mooney was similarly off target at the other end.

The trend continued as Smith dragged an effort wide from range as the half ambled to a conclusion, and Smith looped an effort one side of Hamer’s upright before Cox was offside the other.

But Orient hauled themselves level in added time at the end of the half.

After forcing a corner on the right, Sawyer delivered the ball into the dangerzone and Baudry rose amid a cluster of players to head home.

There was scarcely time to restart before the teams went into the changing room, Powell’s team-talk decidedly different than it would have been.

Five minutes into the second half the dynamic could have changed further as the visitors were awarded a penalty,

After a ball was slipped through towards Mooney, the Irishman somehow manoeuvred himself into space but went down as Wilson dangled out a leg.

Referee Gavin Ward pointed to the spot with Wilson far from happy at the decision, and Mooney stepped up to take the penalty.

After a short delay, the striker ran up in front of his own fans – but could only blast the ball against the bar.

The home fans rejoiced as parity was maintained, and Taylor held his head at the other end after a defender just got a touch to a tempting cross in.

Cox saw a shot at the other end veer behind off Taylor, and from the corner Smith dashed in unchallenged but wasted the opportunity by heading wide.

Griffiths was given a long lecture from Ward after catching Cook with a flailing arm off the ball leaving Powell to remonstrate on the touchline, far from happy that no card was shown.

After Allsop saved bravely at the feet of Hollands, a viciously curling Green corner bounced off the right post promoting gasps from the natives.

Cort spun sharply after a half-cleared long throw from Green was half-cleared, and after his shot was deflected behind, he headed Kerkar’s 64th-minute corner wide at the far post .

Michael Symes entered the fray soon afterwards and the sub’s first contribution was a driving run that ended on the turf after Evina’s efforts to win the ball.

Powell reacted angrily and before the free-kick was taken the referee was summoned by the fourth official.

The manager was sitting on the advertising hoarding by this stage but was banished from the touchline after Ward pointed to the stands.

It was bubbling along at this stage and home voices were raised as Symes clattered into Hollands, before Sawyer was booked for a foul on the midfielder.

The action then hotted up as Green almost caught out the visitors with a quickly-taken free-kick on 71 minutes.

This time he was denied by the left hand post as the O’s breathed a sigh of relief.

Moments later Taylor found himself in a shooting position after a good pass from Wagstaff, but speared an effort wide.

After a quick corner routine Kerkar’s shot whizzed just wide and the midfielder’s dangerous corner from the right was almost turned into his own net by Clarke as Allsop made a finer point-blank save.

Hamer got down well to block a fiercely-struck Cox drive 11 minutes from time and at the other end Green curled a free-kick wide from the edge of the box after Kerkar was upended.

Symes shot high over the bar from range before Lisbie made way for Ryan Brunt, who netted against the Addicks for Tranmere Rovers last season.

Cox flashed a volley over the bar and the O’s might have snatched it two minutes from the end of normal time.

After a crossfield pass was intercepted, one pass down the left saw Cort exposed and the visitors in on goal two-on-one.

Brunt opted to power through and shoot from the left, a decision that would almost certainly have been debated by an unchallenged Symes in the middle, particularly when Hamer held the low shot.

There was attention for Cort after a collision at an Orient corner with the board for added time indicating five extra minutes.

Inside the closing 30 seconds the  impressive Cook danced in from the left and found Wagstaff to his right.  He in turn fed Green and the winger’s shot flashed across goal and just wide.

Nathan Clarke got a crucial head to a Kerkar cross right at the death – but the game was destined for extra-time.

10 seconds after the restart Green fired across goal and wide and a looping Smith header was easily dealt with by Allsop.

Hamer got behind a swerving effort from Sawyer before Orient’s final change saw Ben Chorley replace Clarke.

The defender was booked after taking out Smith soon after his arrival and Kerkar showcased his free-kick talents to Powell, now watching from the directors’ box, by curling in a 99th-minute set-piece that was turned behind by Allsop.

From the corner Cort headed just wide at the far post, an incident that saw Baudry belatedly patched up.

Before that Bradley Pritchard was Charlton’s first change as he came on for Kerkar.

Smith blasted well wide at a corner but the sides were still locked together at the end of the first period.

Wright-Phillips and Jackson replaced Smith and Cook before the restart with Jackson retrieving the armband off Taylor.

Wright-Phillips saw his low shot from range saved and the striker was played in by a terrible back-pass from Smith on 109 minutes but Scott Cuthbert diverted his shot over the bar.

After Cort’s downward header was cleared off the line by Smith, the referee blew for a home foul.

Baudry got in another good block to repel a Wright-Phillips shot on the turn after Jackson had darted in for a header in typical fashion.

At the other end the hosts had a scare as Sawyer’s corner was turned goalwards by Symes with Evina clearing off the line.

In the aftermath an Orient shot flew just wide and Cort flung himself in front of Brunt’s drive before a quick break resulted in Green hammering a shot just over at the other end.

Cort was in clear discomfort as the match drifted towards its conclusion with Pritchard going close in the last added minute, smashing a volley just over the bar as the ball looped up invitingly.

Penalties loomed however in front of the Covered End and Jackson was up first and saw his spot-kick saved to his right by Allsop.

Symes coolly converted as Hamer went the wrong way and Wilson blasted his spot-kick against the bar.

Sawyer was up next for Orient and again Hamer guessed wrong as the visitors went two up.

Green converted Charlton’s first penalty, to the right before Hamer dived to his left to foil Chorley.

Wright-Phillips smashed the hosts level, temporarily, before James coolly dispatched his to the same right corner as all his teammates.
Pritchard blasted his kick straight down the middle leaving Brunt with a chance to win it for the visitors.

And he found the bottom left corner to send his side through to the second round.

Charlton: Hamer; Wilson, Evina, Taylor, Cort; Green, Hollands, Kerkar (Pritchard 100), Cook (Jackson 106); Wagstaff, Smith (Wright-Phillips 106).

Subs (not used): Sullivan, Solly, Morrison, Hayes.

Goal: Wagstaff 28

Orient: Allsop; James, Sawyer, Cuthbert, Clarke (Chorley 96), Smith, Griffith, Baudry Cox; Lisbie (Brunt 83), Mooney (Symes 65).

Subs (not used): Grainger, McSweeney, Laird, Odubajo.

Goal: Baudry 45

Booked: James 25 (foul on Wagstaff), Sawyer 70 (foul on Hollands), Chorley 98 (foul on Smith), Symes 119 (foul on Wilson)

Penalties: Jackson (saved), Symes (scored) 0-1; Wilson (hit bar), Sawyer (scored) 0-2; Green (scored), Chorley (saved) 1-2; Wright-Phillips (scored), James (scored) 2-3; Pritchard (scored), Brunt (scored) 3-4. Orient win 4-3 on penalties.

Referee: G Ward

Att: 5,914 (979 Orient)

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