Charlton manager Karl Robinson has high hopes for Karlan Ahearne-Grant after he netted a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Peterborough last night.

Ahearne-Grant’s 94th-minute strike ended a run of 26 months without a goal.

And Robinson was delighted for the 20-year-old Addicks academy graduate.

He said: “If that doesn’t give him [confidence], I don’t know what will! I’m so happy for him. I’ve kept persevering with him, I’ve kept trying him, and sometimes people have questioned that.

“I do see something in the young man. I’m not frightened to put young players on. You see Anfernee Dijksteel, Karlan, Joe Aribo, our three substitutions against Peterborough were from our great academy.

“So a big thank you has to go to [academy manager] Steve Avory and his staff because when we are low on numbers, like we are with seven in the treatment room, we have to turn to these great, young players who have a great future at this football club.

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“Joe came on and made a difference, Karlan made a difference and I thought Anfernee Dijksteel made a big difference as well.”

When asked if Ahearne-Grant’s goal can kickstart his career, Robinson added: “Only he can answer that – he can’t verbally – only his actions can answer that.”

Charlton signed former Newcastle striker Leon Best on a two-month contract on Monday – and he started against Peterborough.

Best, who before yesterday hadn’t played in a competitive game since January, was hooked off in the 71st minute as he continues to build his match fitness.

Robinson said: “He showed bits in the game - his touch is outstanding and his movement is very good.

“With our seven players to come back and Besty to get better, we’re in a good position.”