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Match Report: Charlton 6-1 Ipswich

Charlton set a statement of intent for the upcoming League One season as The Addicks thrashed Ipswich in magnificent style to conclude both sides’s pre season campaigns.

Ricky Holmes and Josh Maggenis netted twice each while Fosu and Bauer also scored, as the South Londoners hit The Tractor Boys for six. Dozzel scored a consolation for Ipswich at 5-0 down but it was certainly a day to forget for The Blues after being dominated by the team in a lower division to them.

Charlton begun the onslaught in the 11th minute as centre back Bauer headed home from Holmes’s free kick, to get the Addicks off to a great start. The Reds nearly made it two as Maggenis’s cross flew just over the Charlton attackers running in. Had the cross been slightly lower it would have almost definitely been 2-0.

Charlton continued to pile the pressure on and eventually made it two just before the half an hour mark. A bad pass from the Ipswich defender was picked up by Clarke who laid off Fosu to put The Addicks 2-0 up.

It was 3-0 just a few minutes later after a nice move from The Addicks ended in Holmes crossing in from the right and Maggenis heading home. It was 4-0 to the League One side just a few minutes after that. Maggenis scored again after Clarke worked his way in to the box before setting up Magennis who finished well. It was Clarke’s second assist and Maggenis’s second goal in just a few minutes.

As the half time whistle blew I don’t think many people could believe what had just happened. Albeit a friendly, for the lower league team to be leading by such a margin at half time and so in control was a huge shock.

And it didn’t stop there. The Addicks made it 5-0 just after half time after Holmes finished off a lovely move. The move ended with Holmes finding Fosu, before he returned the ball back to Holmes and finishing fantastically from a long way out.

Ben Amos had his first test as a Charlton goalkeeper when Downes headed straight at the new signing. Charlton soon got back to dominating after flicking over the Ipswich defender before forcing the Ipswich ‘keeper in to a good save.

Ipswich pulled one back with about 20 minutes to go when Dozzell bundled in from close range. This came after Sears headed down to Dozzell from a cross.

But Charlton got their 5 goal lead back after Holmes curled in to the top corner from a free kick, like he did so many times last season for The Addicks. Charlton almost made it 7 after Forster-Caskey was denied very well by the Ipswich keeper.

It was the perfect display from Charlton as they were magnificent going forward while new signings Fosu and Clarke showed that they could really tear up League One. Holmes was fantastic like last season and The Reds were very clinical, scoring their first 5 shots. I still think Charlton are 2 or 3 signings away from making an automatic promotion challenge. But their certainly not far away at all from being a real force in League 1. http://gty.im/822506402

Ipswich, on the other hand, were poor and I really think they’ll really struggle to keep their Championship status next season. Mick McCarthy described the performance as ’embarrassing and disgraceful’ and rightly so. Even it was a friendly, there was nothing positive to take out of the game for Ipswich. It will certainly leave Town fans not looking forward to next week’s opening game of the season at home to Birmingham. Especially after a 2-1 loss away to Gillingham just a week ago too.

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