League Cup: Stevenage 1-1 Charlton Athletic (4-5 on pens) - Addicks win penalty drama to break Boro hearts and reach fourth round
By Layth Yousif
8th Nov 2022 | Local Sport
FT: Stevenage 1-1 Charlton Athletic - Steve Evans Boro narrowly failed to make history after the Addicks won 5-4 on penalties to reach the fourth round of the League Cup.
Scott Fraser slotted home the Addicks crucial fifth penalty - after Jake Taylor had Boro's fifth saved by Joe Wollacott - as Ben Garner's side reached the League Cup fourth round, to send the 1,137 visitors from south London home happy in a crowd of 3,515.
Earlier, a 22nd minute Luke Norris penalty looked to be enough for Stevenage see off League One visitors Charlton - until Chuks Aneke equalised with 240 seconds remaining,
Boro appeared to be on course for victory when Norris calmly slotted home his first half spot-kick, following referee Tom Nield penalised Charlton's Chin after he inexplicably handled the ball in the box, after Max Clark's cross.
It was hard to tell Stevenage were competing in round three of the Carabao Cup for the first time in history as they completely dominated Garner's Charlton in the opening 45 minutes.
Wins against Reading and Peterborough United saw Evans side each this stage - and were good value until a hectic last few minutes, when the visitors poured forward hunting an equaliser.
However, with only four minutes renaming Aneke levelled with a clinical finish to equalise top make it 1-1 and send the tie to penalties - and signal heartbreak for valiant Stevenage.
Speaking after the match, Evans said: "I'm proud of my team."