Terry Taylor pleased Michael Appleton in training this week and was “a little bit unfortunate” not to start Charlton’s 1-1 draw against Stevenage today, according to Appleton.

The new Addicks manager made two enforced changes to the team that defeated Fleetwood 2-1 before the international break.

Following his victory over the Cod Army, Appleton was appointed to his position.

Alfie May, who was ruled out due to a concession, was replaced by Miles Leaburn.

Nathan Asiimwe was out with a quad injury, thus James Abankwah started at right-back.

Taylor, a summer transfer from Burton Albion, came on against Stevenage in the second half but was replaced by Lucas Ness.

“It was a concussion one,” Appleton explained. “He had a whack to the face, and there was some claret on him, so he needed a little cleaning up.” I’m not sure what the full extent is; I’ll find out more when I return to the changing room. That’s two this week.

Charlton v Port Vale team line-ups: Terry Taylor make first start as Camara  misses out due to injury – South London News

“Terry is one who has trained extremely well and was probably a little unlucky not to start today.”

Appleton has spent eight days at Charlton. When asked how much he relied on his own judgment in team selection – with interim boss Jason Pearce remaining on his coaching staff for this weekend before returning to the academy – he replied, “It’s a little bit of both.” I’m aware that we got a good result against Fleetwood in the last league game, although a couple of weeks ago. You’ve got half an eye on it, as well as guys who performed well in that game and may be eligible to participate here.

“With five or six training sessions, clearly people will impress.” I’m going to ask some folks questions with question marks. Can they go a little further?

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