Charlton boss explains duo’s absence for Sunderland game – and gives verdict on James Vennings’ display

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer left Jake Forster-Caskey and Albie Morgan out of his squad at the weekend because they were feeling the effects of the EFL Trophy tie against Brighton.

Both players did not feature in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland in SE7.

James Vennings, 20, partnered Ben Watson in the middle of the park.

“Jake played on Wednesday night and had a little bit of a tight groin,” said Bowyer. “So we couldn’t take a risk with him.

“Young Albie was just shattered, it is probably the most he has ever run. So when that affects you two days later, you’re in trouble.

Charlton Athletic v Brighton & Hove Albion U21’s EFL Trophy, The Valley, 30 September 2020

“Vennings was the one who recovered the quickest. We’re a bit low in midfield and are playing Pratley as a defender – it’s hurting us at the moment.

“And we’ve got Gilbey out – he’s going to be another five weeks.

“James Vennings did okay. He’s a young lad learning the game. He gets overpowered but he was up against three powerful and experienced midfielders. The physicality was tough for him but he did well. He worked hard to get himself into some good positions.”

PICTURES: KEITH GILLARD & PAUL EDWARDS


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