The excitement of the Italy v Ireland 6 Nations encounter kept me from tuning in to CAFC Player for most of the match yesterday, so I was following the updates on Charlton Life. It was all so very familiar - another first-half in which we didn't muster and effort on the opponents goal and another game at The Huish played in grim conditions, this time a howling wind and biting cold.
Nil-nil at the break then and and expectation of better to come in the second-half. Bradley Wright-Phillips missed a great chance with 800 baying Charlton fans on tenterhooks behind the goal. Just as all of our rivals were taking or increasing leads up and down the country, Wright-Phillips headed home from a Johnnie Jackson corner to make it two from two. With a Dailly handball in the box being missed by the officials, that was enough and before the end, leads let slip by Oldham and MK Dons meant our third successive win moves us up to fifth in the table with games in hand.
Peterborough scored four again at home in the late game against Southampton although the Saints matched that to deny either side the three points. Posh have now scored 45 goals at home, a couple more than we have managed home and away. They bring their distinctly average away form to the Valley next week where I suspect we may get the biggest test so far in terms of Chris Powell's managerial reign.
I don't believe we can keep winning games playing the way we are and it's high time we put in a full shift in a higher tempo match where more than a handful of players really perform to the best of their ability. I really hope that is next week or I can seeing Peterborough putting a spoke in our wheels and avenging the freak 5-1 trouncing we handed them at London Road.