Friday, November 12, 2010

Posh Accent

Four clean sheets in a row and two wins from Wembley. The 'Parky Out' brigade are notable by their absence.

I'm not really firmly in the 'Parky In' bridgade to be honest, but the last three weeks have shown just how dangerous short-term decisions can be based upon what in truth was a single poor home performance.

After that Brighton game I looked at the next four fixtures with trepidation, yet we've taken nine points from the first three of them.

Equally relevantly, the Brighton side that humiliated Charlton at The Valley have continued to humiliate, with Yeovil, Peterborough and Exeter dismissed without the concession of a goal.

Maybe the Seagulls really are a class apart (which if true suggests Gus Poyet may be a real star in the making), but Charlton have as good a chance as any side to grab second place.

Charlton haven't visited Peterborough since November 1993, when a single Garry Nelson goal gave the visitors three points.

The popular blond front man followed up that winner with a hat-trick in the home game, Carl Leaburn and (say it quietly) Alan Pardew also helping to secure a 5-1 win.

The Posh enjoyed a double promotion to the Championship in 2009, but Darren Ferguson was surprisingly dismissed just three months into the new season by colourful Spanish-based property magnate, Darragh MacAnthony.

An inevitable relegation followed, but they now have Gary Johnson in charge, a manager with an impressive record at Yeovil and Bristol City.

Indeed he was a name regularly put forward by anxious Charlton fans keen for an able permanent replacement for Pardew.

With the teams only separated by goal difference, the importance of this game is clear. However they have reached their respective goal differences in diverse ways.

The Posh are in the unusual position of having the most potent attacking force at home (21 goals) and the 2nd worst defence (15 goals). The recent 5-4 home win over Swindon summed up the entertainment on show.

By comparison, goals-starved fans at The Valley have seen just 14 goals scored in either net. Indeed Charlton have scored more goals in their past three away games (8) than they have scored at home all season.

Somewhat quietly therefore, the Addicks are now League One's highest scorers on the road.

I'm in the midst of an uncomfortably long betting losing streak, so I'm going to ignore all of the statistics above and opt for a goalless draw, a result which would not displease either manager.

The 7/1 odds on Johnnie Jackson scoring at anytime meanwhile seem attractive given he has managed 2 goals in 4 since being pushed into midfield.

NY Addick bets £5 on 0-0 correct score (at 14/1)
NY Addick bets £5 on Johnnie Jackson to score anytime (at 7/1)


At 2:25 PM, Anonymous Pat said...

I admit I was one of the ones very fed up after the Brighton game - well, half way through it really. And although the results have improved the quality of the football hasn't. After all these years I don't expect miracles, - this is the 3rd division - but it would be nice if we could learn to cross a ball, or improve our first touch. I see little improvement - whether this is PP's fault, or poor coaching, I don't know. But I'll be there Tuesday, of course, and I'll get behind them. I was a temporary Parky Out person because I was SO fed up - but not just because of one game as you imply. I pray every week he will come good.

At 5:06 PM, Anonymous SLC Addick said...

Good call on Johnnie Jackson. Did the bookies know he was our penalty taker? 1-5 feels pretty good doesn't it?


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