Sunday, 13 February 2011

Addicks 3 Posh 2

Yet another game where we only bothered to turn up for 45 minutes, yet still came away with the 3 points.  I'm struggling to find a reason why Powell can't get the team fired up from the start, his half time talks seem to motivate the players well enough so I have no idea why his pre-match talks wouldn't.  We need to be quicker out of the traps if we are to have any hope of getting out of this league.  It seems the Posh had the opportunities to be two or three up by half time, but lucky for us they only managed to bury one of their chances.  Peterborough have a leaky defence, and even when we went behind, I always knew we had a chance.  In our end of season push, we are going to meet teams with more solid back lines, and if we allow them to take the advantage we might not get back into the game.

I'm ok with the way we are winning at the moment, a win is a win as far as I am concerned.  There have been few grumblings elsewhere however that we have been fortunate, and I can't deny that we have been lucky, but we have also played some good football at times and definitely deserve some credit.  So it was really disappointing however to hear the boo's at half-time.  Sure they needed to do better, but we have a squad full of young players, they need confidence, they need to know we are behind them.

Apart from the lack of any real Charlton team appearing in the first half, there were a couple of other things which Powell might want to look at.  The way Tomlin was allowed to run with the ball for his goal wasn't too pleasing.  I would have expected someone to put in a challenge on him, but we stood off him and just invited the shot.  Also, when you have one of the leagues top scorers as your opponent, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on him.  Mackail-Smith managed to sneak into the box completely unmarked and was basically gifted another goal to add to his already considerable tally this season.

It was great to see Eccleston get a start, he has apparently been banging on Powell's door asking for a chance, and he really made the most of his opportunity and put in a fine display.  His work for the second goal was outstanding, and on that evidence Liverpool could have a real gem on their hands.  Not that I really care too much for Liverpool, I haven't really forgiven them for nicking Shelvey in the manner they did, I just want Nathan to keep getting games and turning in performances like that to help us on our way to the Championship.

Three games, three goals for Bradley, not much else we can ask from a striker.  He certainly is in a rich vein of form right now and long may it continue as we are going to need his goals in order to push on.  There is still a long way to go yet however and it will be interesting to see how Chris Powell deals with his first loss (it's bound to come at some point) and how he manages to get the boys over it and up for the next match.  It all still feels like a honeymoon period at the moment, and there is clearly a lot of work to do, but we are making progress and we are moving up the table.

Last word for Pawel Abbott.  Hasn't played much football for us lately, and I have to say that he has never really convinced me when he has, but by all accounts he really helped us turn the game with his aerial presence and his ability to bring others into the game.  He might well have given Powell food for thought when he comes to picking his team for the Hartlepool game on Tuesday.


  1. Sir Chris is doing a great job right now. He might not have them playing the best technical game but he has them right up for it and they obviously respond to him.


  2. Thanks for the comment.

    It's early days yet, but the signs look good. I'm ever the optimist so have confidence that things will work out well.