FULL TIME REPORT: Ipswich Town 1 Charlton Athletic 2
IPSWICH Town slumped to their fourth Championship defeat of the season, 2-1 at home against Charlton, to pile the pressure on under-fire manager Paul Jewell.
Second half goals from Johnnie Jackson and Ricardo Fuller gave the Addicks, who before the game were in the bottom three with Town, a foothold in the game, before Jason Scotland’s deflected strike gave the Blues hope.
Jewell made three changes to his starting line-up, two enforced following the injuries to Michael Chopra and Paul Taylor, Scotland and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas being drafted in, along with Andy Drury who replaced Guirane N’Daw.
In a well-balanced first half, Charlton created the better clear-cut chances, Danny Green and Leon Cort hitting the side netting and Dale Stephens forcing a good save from Scott Loach.
For all Ipswich’s endeavour, clear chances were at a premium - Daryl Murphy arguably going the closest with a diving header that was easily saved by Ben Hamer.
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Charlton took the lead early in the second half when Green’s right wing cross was diverted back across goal by Salim Kerkar for former Colchester midfielder Jackson to fire home from close range.
Minutes later and the visitors doubled their lead. Massimo Luongo lost possession in midfield and Fuller shrugged off Tommy Smith before firing home from 14 yards, across Loach.
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Town tried to hit back with Luongo going close from range before Scotland’s hopeful effort from the edge of the box deflected off Leon Cort and into the net.
That lifted the Blues and Nathan Ellington had a golden chance to level proceedings but the veteran striker volleyed over with the goal at his mercy with a minute of normal time left.
New loan defender Danny Higginbotham was thrown on in attack as Jewell went for broke, but the last action saw Drury fire high and wide from a free kick.