FRIENDLY REPORT | Charlton 2 Southend United 3

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Charlton got some more vital minutes in the legs with a behind-closed-doors friendly against Southend United at Sparrows Lane on Tuesday afternoon.

Josh Davison’s penalty and George Lapslie’s stunner put the Addicks into a two-goal lead in the first-half, but wholesale changes on 60 minutes marked a change of direction in the game, with the Shrimpers scoring three times in the final 20 minutes.

The Addicks took the lead after 17 minutes from the penalty spot after the Shrimpers’ goalkeeper brought down Lapslie with a shove just inside the box.

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Davison stepped up and tucked his spot-kick away confidently into the bottom right-hand corner.

On the stroke of half-time, Charlton doubled their lead in some style. With the ball squared to Lapslie some 30 yards from goal, he took a touch, looked up and belted an unstoppable drive into the back of the net.

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There were wholesale changes on the hour-mark with all eleven of the Addicks’ starters being replaced.

By the 72nd minute, the game had been completely turned on its head with Southend scoring two quick-fire goals inside a minute.

First, Brandon Goodship headed home from close range, before an unstoppable Erin Kinali strike from 35 yards, immediately after the restart, made it 2-2.

The visitors rounded of their comeback by netting an 89th-minute through Isaac Hutchinson, who placed a solid shot into the bottom corner from outside the box.

Charlton continue their pre-season preparations with a trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Charlton: Phillips, Clarke (trialist), Lockyer, Mingi, Purrington, Forster-Caskey, Lapslie, Dempsey, Oztumer, Williams, Davison.

Subs (60th minute): Amos, Matthews, Oshilaja, Pratley, Koiki (trialist), Morgan, Vennings, Gilbey, Doughty, Washington, Bonne.

Goals: Davison (pen) 17, Lapslie 45


(Images: Kyle Andrews)

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