Date: 30th July 2017 at 10:43am
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After a long awaited time, the Valley saw a real footballing performance from the Addicks, for all those who attended this friendly fixture against Ipswich Town, were in for a real treat. No one really gave the Addicks a chance in putting one over Mick McCarthy`s Championship side, but for once we dominated the entire game with some of the best attacking, shift movement, on and off the ball seen at the Valley from a Charlton side for some time. Accurate passing from midfield, making good use of the flanks to bring to our supporters a lively match that in the end did not disappoint.

The game on Tuesday night, was a dire performance which makes this win altogether sweeter. Josh Magennis struggled to make any real impact as a lone striker to break down the Norwich rear-guard. But yesterday he was given room and space to execute what he is best at, to score goals. It was a team performance to savour. An excellent introduction to the big kick-off against Bristol Rovers this coming Saturday.

I`m sure many supporters were pleased to see our new arrival between the sticks. Ben Amos who had some experience in goal playing for the mighty Manchester United was a breath of fresh air guarding our goal, which to any defender having a solid keeper behind infuses confidence that can make a real difference to a game`s outcome.

Flowing football has always been part of the Addicks game plan as long I can remember. Has Karl Robinson re-carnation from the depth of despair found the formula? Judging by what we all witnessed yesterday, we could all feel a little more at ease going into the new season. But he himself said: ‘`we are not going to get carried away it is going to be a long season“.

Credit for this win must go to the whole team. The word team means exactly that. Individual skills are fine but they don`t bring the togetherness that forms a team. We have some good ball players who bless them want to show off their skills. But this must be coupled with team play which in the end wins games.

Our loan Player Jay Dasilva who just recently signed a new contract for Chelsea but was ferried out to us for a season long loan. I was impressed with his running ability on the ball that has brought a good use on the wings which suits our style of play. Jake Forster-Caskey, still green and makes mistakes. But given time and games to improve his football he will be a very good player. Chris Solly, has lost some of his momentum and feel for the game. He has never fully recovered from a long absent through injury that kept him out of the game for far too long.

Patrick Bauer. He blows hot and cold. Still has a tendency to make errors at the back which in the past was very costly. Made a couple of mistakes in this friendly, but came good scoring a goal to make up for his clumsiness. Ezri Konsa and Ahmed Kashi both had a good game along with Tariqe Fosu whose introductions to this win were priceless. Billy Clarke given the chance can make a real contribution and will be an asset throughout this campaign. Ricky Holmes. Did not look match fit on Tuesday, but yesterday he came to life finding his shooting feet to score two goals of real class. No wonder Sheffield united were keen to sign him. But luckily for us he chose the Addicks and the wait was worth it. Scoring a blockbuster and a classic free-kick that has become his trade-mark. Are we set-up for the season? I should say so. Bring it on, we can compete, we have nothing to fear. The league is tough but this is what makes it so exciting.

 
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