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