Charlton boss in Posh warning, form guide, happy Valley memories, ex-Posh striker back from injury, key fixtures, big match odds, controversial referee
Confident Charlton boss Nigel Adkins has warned Posh they’re in for a tough League One game at the Valley tomorrow (April 24, 3pm).
But a manager who has yet to taste defeat in his new role since replacing Lee Bowyer in the middle of March is also respectful of the threat Posh pose to a side who are unbeaten in their last 10 League One matches and who thrashed Plymouth 6-0 at Home Park on Tuesday. That result lifted Charlton back into the play-off places.
Adkins told Londonnewsonline: “Peterborough are a good side, massive threats. There’s every chance they’re going to go up automatically.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game, but I’d like to hope Peterborough know it’s going to be a tough game for them as well. We’ve got momentum, spirit. We’ve been solid in our defensive resolve and we’ve got massive goal threats ourselves.
“We’re in the race. I think that’s the important thing. We’ve got good momentum. We’ve got tough games coming up, but what we’ve got is a group of players who are working extremely hard for each other. There’s a good spirit amongst them.”
Charlton couldn’t be in better spirits as they prepare to host Posh. A 6-0 win at Plymouth on Tuesday equalled the club record away win and stretched an unbeaten run to 10 matches. Six of those games have been won.
Surprisingly Charlton have lost more than they’ve won at home in League One this season. They’ve won six of 19 matches and lost seven.
PAST CHARLTON v POSH
The last time Posh played at Charlton in a Football League match in August, 2018 Jason Cummings won the game by claiming the only goal of the match in the 90th minute from the penalty spot.
Posh: Chapman, Naismith, Daniel, Tafazolli, Bennett, Woodyard, O’Hara, Dembele, Ward, Godden, Cummings. Subs used: Cooper, Maddison, Toney.
Posh boss Steve Evans was sacked after the return League One game at London Road the following January which finished 0-0.
Posh have won three and lost four of eight Football League fixtures at Charlton. The hosts last beat Posh at the Valley in November, 2012 when two late goals. including a screamer from Ricardo Fuller, secured a 2-0 win in a Championship contest.
DANGER MEN Target man Jayden Stockley has impressed since joining Charlton on loan from Preston in January.
His return of six goals in 17 appearances is modest, but he’s proved to be a real handful for League One defences.
Ex-Posh striker Conor Washington is due back in the Charlton squad tomorrow after recovering from a hamstring issue. He scored one of his 11 League One goals this season from the penalty spot at Posh. He is the club’s second top scorer behind Chuks Aneke who has 13 goals. One-time Posh goalkeeper Ben Amos is the Charlton number one.
Key League One fixtures
Saturday: Blackpool v Shrewsbury, Lincoln v Hull, Gillingham v Northampton, Oxford v Plymouth, Portsmouth v Bristol Rovers, Sunderland v Accrington.
Tuesday: Charlton v Crewe, Posh v Doncaster, Shrewsbury v Lincoln, Sunderland v Blackpool.
BIG MATCH ODDS Posh to win: 11/8, Charlton to win: 9/5, Draw: 23/10 with Sky Bet.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Championship referee Keith Stroud is the whistle-blower at the Valley tomorrow. He’s issued 88 yellow cards and two red ones in 33 outings this season.
Stroud hasn’t taken charge of a Posh match since a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Bradford City in September, 2017 when he sent of Anthony Grant and City’s Adam Chicksen. He’s also sent off Posh men Lee Tomlin, Dean Holden and Mark Little in the past.