Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Thirteen points out of fifteen?

Charlton fans will be hoping for thirteen points out of fifteen tonight as they face bottom club Peterborough. However, it's always dangerous to fall into the 'easy three points' syndrome, particularly given Charlton's stuttering home form. There was a worrying shortage of ideas on Saturday, although it is hoped that both Dan Seaborne and Danny Haynes will be available tonight, avoiding the need for experiments in the left back position and giving us more oomph up front. Chris Powell may, however, want to rest one or two players in anticipation of Saturday's clash at Millwall.

When Peterborough went down 1-4 at home to Blackburn on November 17th, the view of commentators was that Posh were extremely accommodating and the scoreline was in no way harsh on them. It took them half an hour to register an attempt on goal and that went whistling over the bar. In goal Bobby Olejnik was left badly exposed. Nathaniel Knight-Percival didn't know who to pick up at times and Shaun Brisley couldn't handle Blackburn's front men.

In their 1-1 draw at Ipswich last Saturday, Posh showed their battling qualities with manager Darren Ferguson saying 'We've got character in abundance' which is another way of say 'never mind the quality, feel the commitment.' Brisley and Knight-Percival certainly improved on their performances the preceding week. George Thorne looked a class act in central midfield, but up front George Boyd was once again rarely involved.

The Addicks and Posh have only met four times at The Valley in the League with the Addicks winning three of those matches with Posh winning the other one. The solo Posh win came back in the 1992/93 season when Posh won 1-0 in the Division One encounter.

I would expect Peterborough to go for an early goal and a third away win of the campaign is not out of the question. What I would not expect is a draw and I am going for a 3-1 win for the Addicks.

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