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Charlton manager Karl Robinson wants to start the season with the League Cup first round

By Matthew Panting

Charlton boss Karl Robinson has called for the League Cup to start the season in future years.

The Addicks boss was in charge of MK Dons when the first round matches were played on the opening Saturday of the season in the 2012/13 campaign.

Robinson will make 11 changes for Charlton’s Carabao Cup first round trip to Exeter on Tuesday.

Charlton boss Karl Robinson. Picture Keith Gillard

Charlton boss Karl Robinson. Picture: Keith Gillard

“I don’t care,” responded Robinson, when questioned if he would be fined for changing his entire side. “We’ve just played 90 minutes with 10 men.

“You want us to travel down to Exeter, get back at 2am and then travel to Plymouth on Friday and put in a show in the first week of the season when you’re vulnerable to injuries.

“I remember when they played the first round of the League Cup on the Saturday before the season started.

“It’s a real game and you miss out this Tuesday game, otherwise every team in the country will make changes.

“If you want the competition to be strong, put it in at a time when you’re not putting players at risk. I thought it was a great idea playing it the week before, you get a good crowd, you get a real game and something to play for.”

Charlton will bring in the likes of Andrew Crofts, Tony Watt, Johnnie Jackson and Karlan Ahearne-Grant.

“It’s important the fans know that as I don’t want them going down there and having a go at me for not letting them know what players are travelling,” said Robinson.

“They are going all the way down there, spending their hard-earned money and expecting to see the likes of Tariqe Fosu and Ricky Holmes, and they are not there and I’ll be an idiot.

“You will see a different team, a team that is fighting to get into (Saturday’s) team.”

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