Saturday 29 October 2022

Eight goal thriller

Charlton came back from two goals down twice at The Valley this afternoon.   They went 0-2 down against Ipswich, fought back to 2-2 but then conceded two late goals to make it 2-4.   Thomas then scored his first goal for Charlton to make it 3-4  and Charlton scored again in the last seconds to make it 4-4.

Egbo picked up an early impact injury and was replaced by Morgan.    The game had a lively start.  Charlton kept the ball well in the first quarter of an hour.

Ipswich won the first corner.    An effort by Burns was wide.   At the halfway point Charlton were more than holding their own.

The game became a bit scrappy and low tempo.  Ipswich were being patient and making Charlton chase down.

Following a free kick, Ipswich won a corner.    Stockley headed it away.  

Ipswich won another corner after a good run.   The move ended with a Charlton free kick.  

O'Connell had to defend at the expense of a corner after Charlton had tried to mount an attack.  O'Connell required treatment and had to be helped off the pitch.   Lavelle replaced him.

There were whistles from the crowd and if there was another one the players would be taken off.

Ipswich got a soft free kick against Dobson.  

Six minutes were added on.   Jules put in a shot after poor defending leading to a corner.   Edmundson scored with a free header for Ipswich.   Jules was booked for protesting about an alleged handball.

Steve Brown thought that the two changes had disjointed our performance and Ipswich had grown into it as the half had gone on.

Curbs asked why Morgan was marking Edmundson when we had bigger players.   Lavelle was not marking anybody.   The lack of goalmouth activity by us was a worry.   Stockley was a bit isolated.

HT: 0-1

Dobson got a yellow card for a challenge.   Clare got a yellow card for dissent.   Ipswich got their second through Jules at the near post with another free header.   The initial reaction to the free kick was slow.   Ben Garner was sent off for complaining about the free kick.   Curbs didn't think it was a free kick.   The referee was having a nightmare.

Stockley and Kirk were taken off and Aneke and Blackett-Taylor came on.  Dobson took the armband.

Aneke advanced down the right, Blackett-Taylor's shot was saved but Rak-Sakyi scored in front of the Covered End.   Walton was given a yellow card for holding on to the ball.  After the re-start, Wollacott had to make a brilliant save from a free header by Jules.

Ipswich made a treble substitution.   

Blackett-Taylor got a shot away, the keeper couldn't hold it and Albie Morgan scored.

Ipswich conceded a corner from a Blackett-Taylor cross.   Morgan's corner was not very good.

Edwards had a chance to score after poor defending but he put it behind for a goal kick.

Ipswich turned Lavelle and scored to make it 2-3 from 20 yards out.    They then made it 2-4 on 95 minutes, the shot took a deflection.

Thomas got one back for Charlton on 96 minutes to make it 3-4 after a Morgan free kick.   Blackett-Taylor was on the back post to give his third assist of the game.

Thomas had to make a great tackle to win the ball back for Charlton.   Dobson made it 4-4 on 99 minutes with a header.   Charlton are now 9th. 

Ben Garner it was an incredible game, we had matched the best side in the league for long spells.   'I am incredibly proud of the whole group, the character in the closing stages.   The atmosphere was unbelievable.   We have to use this as a springboard.  We need to work towards getting the depth they've got.   I don't know what I got sent off for, I didn't swear and I wasn't aggressive.   The referee spent all the time before the game telling my staff he was a Championship referee.'

Curbs said that Dobson didn't give up.  Dobson said it was 'a mad game, an absolute roller coaster.  It showed where we are as a team.  We've got to use that as fuel now.  I saw the ball loop in, it was a wonderful feeling.  I've been making late runs, trying to get in the box in the last five or ten minutes of games.  They've got the best squad in the league, it was a really good battle.   It's one of those games that comes round every four or five years.   I love it here, I just give everything for the club.'

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