Furious Ipswich fans confront players in hostile post-match scenes at Charlton

The Tractor Boys are in their third season in League One and defeat away at Charlton on Tuesday night saw tensions boil over in the away end at the Valley

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Ipswich Town players and fans were involved in unsavoury scenes following their defeat at Charlton Athletic on Tuesday night.

The Tractor Boys are managerless after sacking Paul Cook last weekend.

Tuesday saw them travel to the Valley but goals from the hosts’ Jayden Stockley and Alex Gilbey condemned Town to another defeat in League One.

The result extended Ipswich’s poor run. They have now won just once in the last six games in all competitions.

The final whistle was greeted with boos from the away end but extraordinary scenes then followed.

A video doing the rounds on social media appears to show Ipswich goalkeeper Christian Walton being pushed by a fan who entered the pitch.

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Ipswich players went over to the away end following the defeat at Charlton

Ipswich player Tota Nsiala has a heated discussion with fans in the away end at the Valley

The incident occurred after Walton tried to pull teammate Toto Nsiala away. Nsiala had been having a heated discussion with a section of travelling Town fans.

Objects also appeared to be thrown from the crowd as stewards arrived on the scene to cool the situation down as quickly as possible.

John McGreal, who has been placed in interim charge following Cook’s dismissal, was quizzed on the incident post-match.

The 49-year-old, a former Town player, said: “I don’t know what happened.

“I sent the lads over, as I always do with the fans, because they pay their money. I sent the lads to clap the fans and that’s all I know to date.

Ipswich Town lost 2-0 to Charlton Athletic in League One on Tuesday night

“It’s two weeks before Christmas, they’re putting their hands in their pockets and they come in their thousands for every single away game. Come Saturday, at Wigan, there will be thousands there again. We as a team have got to be performing better, a lot better

“Emotions are high at the moment with the manager going and a couple of results not going the right way. We’ll try and rectify that for the fans.

“It’s about character now. You’ve got to stand up tall, get your chest out and go again. You’ve just got to take it on the chin and move on.

“Let’s see what they’ve got come Saturday.”

The result leaves Ipswich 11th in League One – nine points clear of the relegation spots and nine adrift of the top six.

The club had a huge overhaul in the summer with Cook given licence to completely revamp the squad.

The Liverpudlian brought in no fewer than 21 players, including established performers such as Scott Fraser, Rekeem Harper and Joe Pigott.

But a poor start to the season put him under pressure and the final straw was last weekend’s goalless draw at home to League Two side Barrow in the FA Cup second round.

The club’s chief executive Mark Ashton has promised to “spread the net far and wide” as they search for Cook’s replacement.

McGreal added: “You’ve got to stand up tall, get your shoulders back, get your chest out and go again because the games are not going to wait for anyone, so you’ve got to take it on the chin and move on.”

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