Fans have been heartened by Charlton's 6-1 demolition of Ipswich Town yesterday, although others have pointed out that the Tractors were very poor and never got into gear.
One fan commented, 'The big difference from last season is having Kashi in central midfield—he is a class above Division one and everything went through him which gave the others freedom to get forward and support the lone striker, Maggenis. Of the new signings I was very impressed by Fosu who has bags of skill and really gets around the pitch. Jake Forster-Caskey, alongside Kashi in midfield, was also excellent helped no doubt by the influence of Kashi.'
'I’m very surprised that Chelsea have allowed Jay DaSilva to come back on loan given that he was the captain of the England under 19 team that won the European Cup this summer . I understand lots of Championship clubs were after him, but he chose to come back to us. The new goalkeeper, Ben Amos, looked solid enough although he didn't have much to do.'
'Overall, therefore, a very encouraging game with all the players (including Tony Watt, who came on as a substitute) looking much fitter than last season—lots of pressing high up the pitch and pace going forward.'
Another fan commented, 'Whilst I'd accept that one swallow doesn't make a spring, I really enjoyed the game. Holmes and daSilva were both excellent and worked well together, Konsa looked reliable and confident, Kashi came through it well and the whole team tackled quickly throughout, denying Ipswich space.'
Mick McCarthy says next week he's going to have £20 on us to lose and £20 on them to win, as they can't play that badly again. The Eastern Daily Press reports he said they we're a shambles and a disgrace, but he wouldn't use the squad illness as an excuse (so why mention it then?). Looks as if McCarthy could be the first recipient of our Alan Pardew award for half-baked excuses.
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