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Ipswich Town sign off largely frustrating League One season with four-goal win over Charlton Athletic



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It was a campaign in which Ipswich Town faltered under the weight of expectation, yet they did at least send their supporters into the summer break with an emphatic 4-0 home victory at the expense of Charlton Athletic this afternoon.

Nineteen players were recruited during the off season but the results never truly matched the optimism, with manager Paul Cook eventually paying with his job in December.

Under Cook's replacement Kieran McKenna there was a spell in which the Tractor Boys threatened to gatecrash the play-offs, but ultimately too many draws quashed any promotion hopes and they ended up finishing in 11th spot.

Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna was pleased with today's comfortable victory. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town manager Kieran McKenna was pleased with today's comfortable victory. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Yet, fans can at least looked forward to next term with some optimism after today's four goals without reply against the Addicks.

The pick of the quartet was probably the first, scored by loanee midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson in the seventh minute when he fired into the top corner from 25 yards out.

And the lead was doubled just four minutes later as Conor Chaplin picked out Wes Burns, who found the back of the net via the outside of his right boot.

Tyreeq Bakinson celebrates scoring Ipswich Town's first goal against Charlton Athletic. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Tyreeq Bakinson celebrates scoring Ipswich Town's first goal against Charlton Athletic. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Burns scored his second – a moment that saw him end the season as Ipswich's leading scorer with 13 goals – five minutes into the second after some good work from Chaplin and Macauley Bonne, before substitute James Norwood completed the rout in the closing stages after being found by academy graduate Cameron Humphreys.

It was a fitting end to Norwood's Ipswich career after the striker confirmed yesterday that he is to leave Portman Road in the summer as a free agent.

Town boss McKenna told iFollow Ipswich after the final whistle: "It was a nice way to finish and it was a really good game. The players applied themselves really well and it was a good performance.

"We wanted the fast start and we wanted to give the crowd an entertaining game, but we want that every week.

Wes Burns celebrates Ipswich Town's second goal against Charlton Athletic. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Wes Burns celebrates Ipswich Town's second goal against Charlton Athletic. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"Getting the early goal helped and we didn’t really look back from there. They were really good goals and we could’ve had some more.

"It was an enjoyable game and an enjoyable finish but, as I think we all know, the hard work starts now."

And McKenna was also impressed by the 26,000 fans that attended what was effectively a dead rubber fixture, adding: "It’s a reflection of the positivity around the club and where it’s trying to get to. I think it’s a reflection of really high performance levels over the last four months which should’ve picked up more results than they have.

"I think the fans are getting a good understanding of how we’re trying to play, they’re enjoying the playing style of being dominant and playing like a big club.

"They’re getting behind that and, as I just said to the players, we can’t take that support for granted, but imagine what it would be like if we were in a different position in a year’s time.

"That is the dream that we all have to get behind and work for. If that’s the support at the moment for a season that ultimately hasn’t been a success in terms of points on the board, then what can this club do if we improve things and get to a better position?"

Meanwhile, club captain Sam Morsy reflected: "Everyone played really well and we’re delighted to win. Performances like that are what we are capable of. The fans have been amazing, and we can’t thank them enough for their continued support.

"It’s great to finish on a positive note but we’ve got a lot of work to now do ahead of next season.

Ipswich Town players celebrate Tyreeq Bakinson's goal against Charlton Athletic. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Ipswich Town players celebrate Tyreeq Bakinson's goal against Charlton Athletic. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"It was a very mixed season. We’re going to take all of the positives, learn from the negatives and hopefully it’s going to be a different season next year.

"Everyone is pulling in the right direction and it’s great to end on a high. We’re going to have a good summer then come back in pre-season ready to go."

As for leading marskman Burns, he added to his recent haul of end-of-season awards with two more.

At an event hosted in the FanZone following the conclusion of the victory against Charlton the Welshman won the Official ITFC Supporters Club's Player of the Year and the Ultimate Members Player of the Year prizes.