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Charlton Athletic 0 Peterborough United 1

Can we not play away every week? Another home defeat, six wins all season, and just two since before Christmas.

For all of our possession I thought it was clear where the two teams sit in the table. Hard to be too disappointed, we played alright just lacked that bit of quality and final ball in and around their box. They were happy to soak up the pressure, and our set-plays were not like they have been under Adkins. Perhaps we should have saved a goal from Tuesday!

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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.

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Marcus Maddison signs

I don’t think I was the only one saying that we dodged a bullet when our January move to Peterborough’s Marcus Maddison fell through. At the nightfall of the January window we were told that Maddison couldn’t be bothered with the London traffic and Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony covered for his counterfeit mate Southall that Maddison was a bad egg and we were both better off without him.

History now tells us to trust no one and we were all taken for a huge ride, MacAnthony as well.

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League One 2020/21 Preview – Part II

We’ll push on with this even though we are two games in. For Part II we are moving south to Lincolnshire as I continue my preview of our League One competitors.

Lincoln City comfortably survived their first season in tier 3 for over 20 years and will approach this season confident of further improvement under Michael Appleton.

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Dodged a bullet with Maddison

Last word on the transfer window.

You have to admire Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAntony who issued a video diary today of his open and honest thoughts of the transfer window. You can watch here, and it gets interesting after about 4 minutes as he discusses Marcus Maddison.

Maddison it seems had no interest at all in coming to us. London was a turn off and he initially refused even to meet Bowyer and Gallen. When he did he demanded too much money like he did to Birmingham and another unnamed Championship club.

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Marcus Maddison bid accepted

Maybe when Matt Southall and Darragh MacAnthony met in Costa last week for a latte more than coffee was on their minds. Turns out that Peterborough chairman MacAnthony has accepted a bid from Charlton for midfielder Marcus Maddison. Two other Championship clubs have put in bids but only the Addicks have permission to talk to the player.

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Oh look. A new pronouncement from our leader.

The old bugger escaped from his ward again this afternoon and managed to crank open the charge nurse’s typewriter.

No…. not a well done message to Lee Bowyer for our very encouraging start, or to the noisy Addicks in the big crowd on Saturday. Or to explain how he supported the manager in the transfer window, even though it meant selling another Premier League star of the future. Not even a pat on his own back by telling the story of turning down Brentford’s seven offers for Lyle Taylor.

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Luton and Barnsley promoted

Nerves rattled both Portsmouth and Sunderland last night when with an eye on second place both came unstuck meaning that without kicking a ball both Luton and Barnsley were promoted.

Peterborough were two-up at Fratton Park, but then we’re hauled level. However with their own promotion push on a knife edge Posh went back in front and are now a point behind Doncaster. On Sunday Peterborough are at home to Burton and Doncaster home to Coventry.

Who one of those plays in the play-offs is all up for grabs. Even the Addicks can snatch 3rd on Sunday but Portsmouth are in pole position facing Accrington at home, although Stanley did score five last week. Sunderland have a tricky one away at Southend, who need to win.

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Brave face

Bow put on a brave face when talking about our promotion rivals spending in the January transfer window, but if it didn’t only highlight the budgetary disparities between us and them, it also shone a massive spotlight on differing board ambitions.

None of the clubs at the top with us are loaded with money, yet Bow’s fellow managers and Steve Gallen equivalents were all allowed to haggle and barter in the window for the betterment of their squads and Sunderland, Portsmouth, Luton and Peterborough have all come out the other end with a deeper and, on paper at least, a stronger collection of players.

Doncaster, who have one of the lowest budgets in the league, were pretty inactive in January but importantly kept John Marquis despite interest from Sunderland, and a late bid from Swansea. In demand Alfie May also signed a contract extension.

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Peterborough United 0 Charlton Athletic 0

Seems as Karlan Grant wasn’t the only person on his way out at the ABAX today as Posh’s Steve Evans also got his marching orders after the game. Posh have won just 3 games since October.

On paper a draw away at fellow promotion rivals is a good point but we dominated proceedings in the 2nd half and Grant’s poor penalty ultimately cost us 3 crucial points.

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Charlton Athletic 0 Peterborough United 1

The misery continued for Addicks tonight. After the Daily Mail carried a story that Roland Duchatelet is refusing to pay a 10% bonus on salaries to certain staff if specific cross-cutting targets, put in place by the Belgian, were met. Those targets driven home by latest puppet Lieven de Turck have been achieved amongst job losses and a hard restructuring of expenditures across the whole club.

These normal hard working people have worked in a rudder-less and depressing environment for a long time, but have had promises broken by a multi-millionaire pocketing any incoming cash he can and notably refusing to give academy players, lauded by him initially, bottled water and taking out paper towels from the dispensers.

Now we know what a c*** Duchatelet is, but.. Richard Murray. Hold your sorry head in shame.

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2018/19 League One Preview – Part Two

The second part of my look at our League One rivals as we enter our third consecutive season under our current genius owner. I am sure he is reading this as he renews his subscription for Valley Pass.

Here was Part One of my 2018/19 League One preview, which went Accrington Stanley to Coventry City.

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Bolton agree a fee for Magennis

According to Rich Cawley. I would count Josh Magennis as gone by the middle of next week, with the only variable being that Peterborough come back with a matched or better offer. Posh are flush with cash after selling Jack Marriott to Derby. Marriott was the top scorer in League One last season with 27 goals. Magennis got 10.

Not in anybodies imagination is Magennis a goalscorer, but he has lots of attributes and brings others into the game in offensive situations, and is very useful in defence at set-pieces. At 27, you’d have thought the Northern Irish international would want to try his arm at a higher level. Bolton had £500,000 bid rejected by Charlton for Magennis in January.

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Peterborough United 4 Charlton Athletic 1

I would say that is season over..

An open and even 1st half at London Road but of course we had to concede with a few minutes to go before the break. We came out 2nd half with what sounded like a sense of urgency and were awarded a penalty. Magennis unforgivably missing the target completely from the spot.

And as obvious as the sun coming up every morning, minutes later Posh win a penalty and of course score from it to make it 2-0. Fosu then missed a sitter before sub Michal Zyro headed in a fine goal. It will be criminal if the Pole did not start on Tuesday.

Jack Marriott had a different view of any Charlton comeback when he scored twice in the last 10 minutes to give the scoreline an embarrassing look as Posh benefited from new manager bounce and the Addicks’ season continued as flat as a pancake.

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Charlton Athletic 2 Peterborough United 2

90+4 mins..

A storming comeback should not be sniffed at and can often be a catalyst for a good run, but it should not hide the fact that this was a poor performance from Charlton last night. Defensively it sounded as if we were all over the place, with Bauer particularly poor, and we should have already been behind before Posh scored their opener.

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