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Charlton Athletic 4 Northampton Town 1

Who needs strikers..

Will be the text from Roland to Katrien this afternoon after the owner would have doubtless watched on his iPad from his Flanders’ pied a terre Charlton’s demolition of Northampton. In fact Karl Robinson may have wished for own goals to help his cause in attempting to bring in another striker before the window shuts. 

With Lee Novak looking as if he’d like an August move away from SE7, the need for a striker, or two, is paramount but let’s not take away from today’s four goal haul as the Addicks turned over an always dangerous Northampton side, who have now lost all three of their league games.

Josh Magennis, who signed a new contract yesterday, settled any nerves when he headed in a Ricky Holmes cross in the 2nd minute. But after that it was a tight affair, with Ben Amos answering a few critics with a couple of saves as we went to the break ahead.

Northampton started the 2nd half brightly but just on the hour Holmes scored a trademark goal against his former club to give us some breathing space. Holmes who hadn’t trained all week was replaced to warm applause from home and away fans alike and Ahearne-Grant came on and sounded lively. Billy Clarke too sounded like he was everywhere.

We were passing the ball well and had further chances at 2-0 but out of the blue the Cobblers pulled one back, and I feared the worse, but in all honesty they didn’t get another opportunity and in injury time Jake Forster-Caskey scored twice, the last one a beaut, as the Addicks put a big dollop of cream on top of a good afternoon’s work. 

Quote: “Two. Two – or maybe a wide player and a striker.”
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