Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Peterborough United 1 v Charlton Athletic 4

In a Cup competition which has been about as disappointing for Charlton Athletic during it's history as it's possible to be, last night's victory at the Abax Stadium stands out. The draw for the third round, which pitches us against local rivals Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park also gives us a rare draw we can actually get excited about. Manchester United away in the 70's was the last one I can think of and I was too young to be there on a school-night.

What was remarkable about last night's victory was that it was achieved by a side with an average age of 21 and over half the side was home-grown. Mikhail Kennedy opened the scoring three minutes into his debut and he was brought down after 53 minutes to win the penalty that effectively won the match. Ahearne-Grant stepped up to score his second goal in the competition and from then on we could relax and hit Posh on the break. 

Luzon brought on more experienced fresh legs in Kashi and Vetokele who bought added to the goal tally. Kasha's was a 40 yarder and he also hit a post. There was time for Oliver Muldoon to also make his debut (I think) and even a late Peterborough consolation goal wasn't enough to take any shine of the showing.

Cynical Addicks were comfortably predicting Carlisle away in the next round, but the draw paired us with the Nigels. It's an evening they won't look forward to. Thousands of baying visitors, a poor home turnout, possibly a weakened Palace side and we have nothing to lose. A chance to put one of Pardew too. Rubs hands in eager anticipation.

Guy Luzon has eclipsed the start made by Bob Peeters last season. Confidence must be flowing through entire squad and players will need to be raising their game or risk losing their place. Exciting times for a long overdue change....

5 comments:

Martin Cowan said...

Luzon - he does know what he's doing!! Who knew?

Ian said...

Its great to see us brimming with confidence and playing some great stuff , it's this sort of game we normally lose even with a near full strength team , so to win so comfortably with so many youngsters in will hopefully keep everyone performing at a very high level in fear of losing their place ! .I think the players he's brought in view the championship as a step up to what they were playing and realise how close they are to the promised land so let's hope Luzons 3 points every game , fight to the last whistle attitude will get us there.

801912601 said...

so are you gonna go to the Palarse game? A few of us saga boys will be having a few beers in london and then a train ride down for an evenings entertainment.

Dave said...

No show without Punch.

Dave said...

No show without Punch.