What a difference a week makes. Our team makes no sense at all. From zeros to heroes all in the space of seven days. Last weekend against Plymouth Argyle they fought a battle without any conviction in the second half which in the end saw them lose the contest that they really should have won. At the Valley against the Cobblers, Northampton Town, it was a different ball game. Any fears of a repeat soon vanished when Josh Magennis opened the scoring with less than two minutes on the clock. A perfectly glided ball from Ricky Holmes was met by Magennis waiting in the box and the big striker made no mistake heading home a powerful effort.
A glut of goals were expected but never materialised. Although the Addicks had the best of the spoils, the Cobblers held on until Ricky Holmes that silenced them further with his trademark individual effort that made the score-line a little more comfortable. JakeForster-Caskey completed the misery for the Cobblers by adding a further two goals in a remarkable last two minutes of stoppage-time. It is clear to see why Northampton have not recorded a win so far this season. For those who were there, Northampton players lacked the skill to break down any attacking intent created by the Addicks. Big holes appeared that our forwards exploited with ease. Unlike the game against Plymouth where we were muscled out which did not allow us to string together any meaningful attack specially in the second period, yesterday the Cobblers allowed us the freedom of the pitch to play our kind of football.
A moment of slack with less than 11 minutes to go we surrendered a two goal advantage by not clearing our lines. The Cobblers captain Marc Richard met Daniel Powell`s delivery at the near post to nod beyond Ben Amos. The mood amongst the Valley faithful changed fearing a last ten minutes Cobbler revival was on the cards. No doubt in the mind of many was, having witnessed numerous of missed chances wasted when in some cases it was easier to score than to miss. The visitors had contained the Addicks from adding further goals which gave them a renewed confidence that could have yielded some sort of reward if their front four were more clinical in front of goal. But any thought of the Cobblers adding to their one goal soon vanished when Ezri Konsa broke forward and successfully provided Forster-Caskey, who confirmed capitulation would not be on the cards. Not the cleanest of strikes, but an accurate finish to calm concerns over both results and attacking potency.
If Forster`s first strike was a little lucky, there was nothing lucky about his second goal that came soon after his first effort. A delightful ball from a corner was cleared by the Northampton defence but the loose ball found Caskey unmarked and he delivered a perfect strike past the defenceless Cobblers` keeper Cornell. Job done. A perfect end for the Valley faithful to have witnessed and enjoyed. For those who still think staying away will bring back any sort of pleasure to their lives might yet rue their action. This being the Addicks` celebratory year for reaching 25 years back at the Valley, isn`t it about time they bury the feeling of whatever ails them to continue the fight and stop pretending you care and do the talking with your feet. Support the team and what could be a pivotal season for them and be part of what could be a winning season. I`m just saying!