Club: Charlton Athletic
Manager: Karl Robinson
Karl Robinson as been the manager of Charlton since November 2016 and the club have had mixed results under his leadership. After a rocky end to the season last time out, Robinson managed to keep the Addicks in League One with a couple of games to spare and will be hoping for better results this season.
Robinson has form in the competition, beating Man Utd 4-0 as MK Dons manager in 2014, a side that included Dele Alli and Benik Afobe, now premier league players.
Exeter fans themselves will not be fond of facing members of the Robinson family in cup competitions, Karl’s brother Craig scoring against City for Warrington in the FA Cup also in 2014 as the non-league side knocked the Grecians out of the Cup.
Robinson results against Exeter:
Played: 4 (all as manager of MK Dons)
Last result: 1-0 win vs Bristol Rovers at home
In a game marred by controversy, it was Charlton who came out on top. After going down to 10 men within the first 6 minutes, Charlton went on to score a header from a free kick later in the first half although doubts remain as to whether or not the ball actually crossed the line.
Best Player: Ricky Holmes
The former Northampton man moved to South London last year and quickly became a hit at the Valley, scoring 13 goals in 36 appearances for the Addicks.
Last time they met:
Exeter haven’t played Charlton since the two sides met at SJP in 2012, the Addicks running out winners that day courtesy of a Danny Green goal. Interestingly that day, Troy Archibald-Henville started in the City line-up and former City player and now Grecians coach Matt Taylor lined up for Charlton.
What are City’s chances?
Charlton are in League One and on paper should have enough to see Exeter off but this is a cup match on a Tuesday night in Devon and anything could happen. Last year, city managed to dispatch Championship Brentford at the same stage in this competition and gave a good account of themselves against Premier League Hull in the next round. It would be a tall order to beat a team in a higher division again this year but Karl Robinson has waved away an EFL threat of a fine if he does not comply with the rules of the competition and insists that he will not play a full strength side in the tie. I would also expect to see changes for City too, perhaps we will see some of the youngsters given the chance in the first team.
Charlton face Exeter’s rivals Plymouth in their next match on Saturday at Home Park in League One and I’m sure that the focus will be in that match, to capitalise on their opening win rather than on the cup with Exeter. The question remains, can Charlton do it on a cold Tuesday night in Devon?