Charlton 2 Ipswich 1
After two successive defeats Charlton Athletic eased the pressure on manager
Alan Pardew with a 2-1 home victory over inconsistent Ipswich Town.
Charlton had the perfect start when they took the lead after just six minutes
with a brilliantly-struck 25-yard free-kick from midfielder Nicky Bailey which
nestled in the bottom corner of the Ipswich net.
However, seven minutes later Bailey limped off injured to be replaced by
the veteran Matt Holland.
Apart from a David Norris shot which flew across the Charlton goal, Ipswich
produced very little in front of goal but equalised in fortunate fashion when
Jon Walters' cross was back-heeled by Pablo Counago and Charlton defender
Martin Cranie turned the ball into his own net.
The goal inspired Ipswich and Alan Quinn's header was well-saved by Charlton
keeper Nicky Weaver and Ivan Campo then hit the bar with a free-kick.
The Addicks increased the tempo in the second half and took the lead on the
hour when former Ipswich player Darren Ambrose crossed from the right for
Hameur Bouazza to hook the ball goalwards and it went into the net off the
chest of Ipswich defender Moritz Volz.
Charlton restricted the visitors to few chances in the second half and their
spirited performance earned them three valuable points while Ipswich continue
to flatter to deceive on their travels.
Charlton boss Alan Pardew has been trying to get the right blend and his
side played in a much more attacking style than in the previous matches and
he will be delighted that his team wiped out the memory of their dismal performance
in midweek against local rivals Crystal Palace.
However, Ipswich boss Jim Magilton will be concerned at his team's lack of