Peterborough United 2 Charlton Athletic 1
This team feels so hard to love, or even like a little at the moment. You just cannot make mistakes like that and get away with it. They are not learning and are not good enough.
For 60 minutes if we weren’t good enough, then they were at least battling on a quagmire of a pitch, and doing enough to defend our lead given to us by a generous penalty converted by Washington.
Yet there just isn’t that spark, that capability, that look that gives us sat at home courage to believe that this is a promotion winning team.
You can’t knock the effort, that pitch was treacle and they faced a barrage of long balls, but we should have seen that game out. When Gunter somehow headed over, it wasn’t a case of ‘oh we’ll get another chance in a minute,’ it was ‘oh we are going to rue that.’
And we did, about 20 seconds later. Oshilaja and Pearce watched each other as the ball bounced in between them from a long hoof, and then raced to beat the other to it but just flicked it on to their player to race away and score.
After that gradually we fell to pieces as Bowyer sprinklered the pitch with substitutes hoping for someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck, but we just went into our shell.
Still we were level and Schwartz and Aneke were on so one lives in hope. Then with the ball high up the pitch, at their end, and in the corner, we contrived to lose it and they raced away whilst we galloped back like a lame horse, and Szmodics got his second. It wasn’t an easy finish, but sluggish defending helped him hugely.
And that was that. No obvious signs of desire, ambition or ability to stick some sort of promotion rival flag in the mud heap of ground. Just silly fouls given away, running around in circles and a lack of any composure. I was actually willing the final whistle.
Hard to blame Bowyer for that. We are not good enough. A Jackson Pollock picture of a squad splattered together last minute, but without the same aesthetic or value.
📢: “It was a horrible game to watch in horrendous conditions with a pitch that wasn’t playable. It became a bit of a battle that I thought we had under full control, but we made basic mistakes which are easily avoided and you can’t legislate for that as a manager.” – Lee Bowyer
🖊: Addicks Third Division Diary.