Friday 23 April 2021

Bring on the Posh

Charlton face one of the toughest tests of the season on Saturday when they play Peterborough at The Valley.  We lost the away fixture, but that was played on Peterborough's unique ploughed field pitch.

Nevertheless, the task should not be underestimated.   Peterborough will be looking to bounce back from their surprise 0-1 defeat by Gillingham in midweek to secure their automatic promotion place.  Jonson Clarke-Harris has already scored 30 goals this season.

Manager Darren Ferguson has said: 'Charlton had an excellent win in midweek and have appointed someone who knows how to get out of this division in the experienced Nigel Adkins. It is always a difficult game at the Valley, but we are looking forward to it, we have won our last two on the road and remain in a good position in the league with four games to go.'

After last Saturday's 3-1 win over Northampton, Ferguson said: 'I felt we were in complete control in terms of possession, but we were a little too slow with the ball and then forced it too much at others.'

Posh's away form does not match their performance on the ploughed field where they have only lost two games.  On the road, they have won nine, drawn four and lost eight.   Charlton have won six, drawn six and lost seven at home.

In recent matches we have had a tendency to put ourselves under the cosh in the first quarter of an hour so we need to hold firm, but also bear in mind Steve Brown's observation that League One teams are often good offensively but weaker defensively.

Nigel Adkins should have almost all the squad available to him for selection.

CAS Trust reckon we are stronger than we were in January:

This year's pre-season training camp will be in the UK:

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