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Match Report: Charlton 4-1 Northampton

Northampton are still looking for their first points of the season as they were comfortably beaten by Charlton who move into the play-offs.

It only took Charlton two minutes to break the deadlock as Magennis headed home from a superb Ricky Holmes cross early on. Holmes showed no sign of nerves playing against his former after getting past the defender before setting up perfectly for Magennis to head home.

However, Northampton put a lot of pressure on Charlton in an attempt to find an equalizer throughout the rest of the first half. After a bad start to life at Charlton, goalkeeper Ben Amos did fantastically well to keep The Addicks’s lead, making three fine saves during the first 45 minutes. He was forced into a quick reaction save from Ash Taylor, midway during the first half. This was before a fine double save just a few minutes before half time and Northampton were looking like a changed side from the team that was yet to score this season. After another good save the half time whistle was blew, leaving Northampton fans to probably feel that they were unlucky to be behind.

Northampton had another great chance at the start of the second half, heading wide from a glorious opportunity. But from then on, the game changed and it was all Charlton. Addicks striker Magennis missed a superb opportunity early in the second half. Fosu’s shot was parried straight to Magennis only for the number nine to smash over. It was an appalling miss, one that 99 times out of 100 anyone would score.

But the Charlton domination continued and eventually got their reward. Holmes smashed home from just inside the area past the keeper on the hour mark, giving Charlton a two goal lead. The Addicks then kept putting the pressure on in an attempt to get a third, having several close chances. But Northampton gave themselves hope, scoring with 10 minutes left to set up a nervy finish. Richards finished from close range after a knock down from a cross to give The Cobblers hope.

Both sides then had penalty claims late on. Firstly Konsa being brought down after taking it past the keeper and then a Northampton player claiming he’d been tripped from a corner minutes later. But both were denied by the ref.

Foster-Caskey sealed the points for Charlton with a left foot finish after Konsa’s cut back in the 94th minute easing the Addick’s nerves. But it wasn’t over there as in the seventh minute of stoppage time, Forster-Caskey curled beautifully into the top corner from the edge of the area. The Northampton ‘keeper was left with no chance after what will surely be a strong contender for goal of the season.

Feature image credit: Charlton-Athletic1,  Flickrworker




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