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Boss McCarthy hails fans as Ipswich keep on motoring

Mick McCarthy hailed the impact of Ipswich Town fans after his side beat Charlton Athletic 3-0 in front of their biggest home crowd in almost four years.

The Suffolk side made it 11 games without a defeat in routine fashion after Tommy Smith broke the deadlock shortly after the half-hour mark.

Ipswich's lead was doubled by Championship top scorer Daryl Murphy around the hour-mark, before another Republic of Ireland international David McGoldrick (pictured), who had earlier hit the woodwork on three separate occasions, finally got a deserved goal in injury time.

The victory keeps the pressure on league leaders AFC Bournemouth with third place Derby County the next visitors to Portman Road a week on Saturday. McCarthy said: "It was a happy day, a good solid performance against a good side who had chances.

"It was nice to get that backing from supporters but when the trust starts to come back, you can't let them down. Hopefully they will come back after that."