One half wonders
Charlton Athletic 3 Peterborough United 2
Does it really matter if we only play for 45 minutes? Chris Powell’s 4th win following a stunning 2nd half performance, that followed a dismal first 45.
I’ll try not to dwell on the first half for too long but we sounded second all over the pitch and constantly compounded our problems by keep giving the ball away. Doherty and particularly Dailly sounded every day their combined age of 68 as Mackail Smith and Tomlin gave them a torrid time and we were lucky to be just one down at the break which was met with frustration from the stands and some boos.
The biggest cheer of the first half came when the referee went over like he’d been shot by a sniper from the East Stand, and then followed by the loudest applause when he left the field on a stretcher. The club should consider producing an end of season referreeing highlights DVD such are the kerfuffles we have had down at The Valley this season.
The 2nd half was one of excitement as Peterborough played to type conceding three but adding a late second in the 6 minutes of injury time that followed 4 at the end of the 1st. Incredibly 120 goals have been scored in Peterborough’s 28 games this season!
Powell earnt his corn at half-time and made one change and just as I was sat here thinking that finally we appeared to be playing with a bit of purpose, then boom. Francis crossed for Jackson to score his first goal of Powell’s reign, and then less than a minute later Eccleston, far more effective out wide, crossed for BWP to head in from close range in what sounded like a peach of a move. I think I let out a scream at that point.
It was all us, and The Valley crowd was pushing them on and the much maligned Pawel Abbott, credited for the turnaround after coming on for Waggy at half-time, volleyed home a 3rd.
Still there was time to bite the fingernails as Mackail Smith re-joined Wright-Phillips as the league’s top goalscorer with Posh’s 2nd but after every game in the country had finished, the 4th official’s whistle finally went and we all breathed out.