Charlton Athletic 2 Ipswich Town 0
What a fantastic win and display last night from Johnnie Jackson’s Addicks. It was a hair on the back of the neck moment when Gilbey ran half the length of the field to jump onto Jacko, Jason and the rest of the coaching staff when he scored the second goal to ease any doubts and lift the roof.
We started a little slow, but beagn to build our patterns of play and crank up the energies and half chances.
Then we took the lead. Red shirts pressing, chasing, hounding. Dobson picked up the ball deep and with a deft pass sent Washington away, whose shot was saved but Stockley was quick to pounce and put us ahead.
From that moment we were excellent all over the pitch. Only Ipswich’s ‘keeper kept them in with a chance, but the league’s highest scorers couldn’t even get a shot away on target.
Once again we began a 2nd half firing on all cylinders, we were swarming all over them and pushing them deep into their own half. Mind you, chances were crafted, but not taken and in the back of all of our minds was a possible underserved equalizer, probably from an ex-Addick, but with three minutes left Gilbey got a fantastic 2nd.
Lee fed Gilbey, who surged into the box turning the defender inside and out before finishing into the far corner. The Valley erupted.
Gilbey has been paramount to the way Jacko’s side has been playing, but he needed a goal and he celebrated it in style…. as I did in a hotel room in Los Angeles.
They were all excellent, but a word for Conor Washington, our non-stop Duracell bunny who never stopped running and tracking back. He was a continual menace and threat. We are a better team when Washington plays.
A great result and crucially this result now past any considered new manager bounce. Where is your mind at Thomas?
Jacko: “I thought it was a wonderful night for us. To see The Valley rocking under the lights and we had the performance to match it, so we’re really pleased with our night’s work.”
Photo credit: Kyle Andrews
Fantastic performance, though disappointed with Leko when he came on very poor and never tracked back once, like Jasemi, to help the defence out!
Surely Sangaard has seen enough to hand Jackson the job now!!!!
A great team performance, once we hit our stride around the quarter hour mark then there was no looking back, the only grumble is that 2-0 should really have 4 or 5-0. Finally we have a positive goal difference!
The team is gelling and the whole is significantly more than the sum of the parts, look at the build up to Gilbey’s goal as an example. Conor Washington held the ball tight on the left hand touchline, he recycled it back to Lee who picked out Gilbey who a few moments before had been in our half fighting for possession, yet there he was bombing forward looking to do something positive, that late in the game he could have been forgiven for marking one of their players and letting the clock run-down. Washington too fought to keep possession he too could have taken it into the corner or tried a speculative cross.
Jacko has to get the job and Sandgaard must make the decision soon, the transfer window opens soon and a few decisions need to be made regarding trading one or two players on or loaning them out and bringing one or two in. If Sandgaard wants to look elsewhere than JJ then the new manager needs some time to make those decisions. But that’s academic, the job will go to Jacko.
I must admit that I had reservations when Jackson was appointed interim manager as I felt that having worked closely with both Bowyer and Adkins, he must have had significant into team tactics and selection. however, it is now obvious that this was not the case. He has proved to be his own man with both selection and tactics. Recruited players who looked mediocre under Adkins have blossomed under Jackson and now look fine. I now fully endorse Jackson getting the job on a permanent basis