Date: 31st July 2017 at 1:48am
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Manager Karl Robinson was a pleased and delighted man as Charlton Athletic took another good step in our victory over Ipswich Town this weekend.

With Robinson already talking about the positives he could take from the pre season campaign, it clicked this weekend as we hosted Mick McCarthy’s side at The Valley and took an emphatic six one victory.

A brace from Josh Magennis with further efforts from Patrick Bauer and Tarique Fosu left us in complete control at the half time break and an additional brace from Ricky Holmes after the break just made a great day better, even though they did grab a consolation through Andre Dozzell.

Charlton:

Amos, Solly, Bauer (Sarr 84), Konsa, Dasilva (Barnes 89), Kashi (Dijksteel 85), Forster-Caskey (Ahearne-Grant 85), Fosu (Crofts 85), Holmes (Jackson 85), Clarke (Watt 71), Magennis.

Subs:

Maynard-Brewer.

Goals: Bauer (11), Fosu (27), Magennis (31, 39), Holmes (51, 77).

Ipswich Town:

Bialkowski, Spence (Iorfa 46), Knudsen (Kenlock 74), Chambers (Webster 46), Smith, Downes, Ward, Skuse (Nydam 74), Garner (Folami 77), Sears, Rowe (Dozzell 46).

Subs:

Gerken, Bru, McKendry, Patterson.

Goal: Dozzell (73).

Referee: G Ward.
Attendance: 2,297 (350 from Ipswich Town).

Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media following the game, Robinson was thrilled to feel that the team were now ready for the League One kick off next weekend after such a showing.

‘We`re ready for next Saturday. I want my team to play a certain way. It`s not tippy-tappy, but it`s aggressive football and today everything just came together. I still want to bring in two players before next Saturday and we`ll see what we can try and do next week. We need to make sure we have a strong mentality to believe in ourselves. We`re going to have a double session on Tuesday and there is more running and testing to be done. I`d like to think some of our fitness levels will be right up on what we expect them to be.’

The gaffer went on to add.

‘Everyone knows when you play against a Mick McCarthy side, they are always well-drilled and well-organised. They had one or two players missing, but the bulk of their squad was here. I was pleased with our mentality and our shape. Those goals don`t just come because we`re open and expansive. It`s about working between the lines and being able to exploit the opposition when the chances come along.’

Robinson ended by saying.

‘The first half against Stevenage replicated that, but we didn`t take our chances there. Today, the chances came along and we took them. It was a very, very good performance, but as we all know, it`s meaningless. But it`s a confidence boost going into the new season.’

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