Manager Chris Powell was not too downbeat despite seeing Charlton drop out of the play-off places with a 3-1 home defeat to Exeter.

Liam Sercombe, John O'Flynn and Ryan Harley, from the penalty spot, netted second-half goals to overshdow Bradley Wright-Phillips' effort and dent the Addicks' promotion bid.

"I felt we were on the front foot for long periods," said Powell. "Nathan Eccleston had a chance in the first half which produced a fantastic block by their defender. That sort of defending for an away team on a big day like this can crush you but we kept going and that has admiration from me.

He added: "I had to put in a young player, Carl Jenkinson at right-back, who I felt did ever so well. That is a plus point, if you can have one on a day when you lose a game.

"But I'm still pleased with the fact we created chances. It is just about taking them and having that composure when you are in the final third.

"I'm pleased in that respect because I think it was about 12 chances we had. It was a tough day for everyone because really you are looking at it and you would like to take those chances."

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale was proud of his players' performance and the way they played the conditions at The Valley.

He said: "As an away performance, I suppose that is the way to do it. If you score too early it changes the tone of the game and you sort of draw yourself into defending for too long.

"But because we kept it very tight the game got more and more open. It suited us and by the end of the game I think we were playing extremely well.

"There were two or three half chances which Charlton created in our penalty box in the first half which we had to block, so we had to do that part of the game as well."

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