Peterborough United place their promotion celebrations on hold despite a crucial victory at Charlton
Peterborough United’s promotion celebrations are firmly on hold for now.
Yesterday’s (April 24) 1-0 League One win at Charlton Athletic and favourable results elsewhere moved Posh to the brink of the Championship.
One win from their final three League One matches will confirm a top two finish and the first of them is a home match on Tuesday (Aprl 27, 7.45pm kick off) against Doncaster Rovers, a team in freefall.
Posh did celebrate the win at the Valley loudly in the dressing room, but by the time the players emerged back into the South London sunlight they were all business again.
Centre-back Frankie Kent, a big contender for man-of-the-match at Charlton despite conceding a first-half penalty which on-loan goalkeeper Josef Bursik saved, said: “It’s getting exciting, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves. Our job now is to win on Tuesday and then we can celebrate properly.
“This was a big win of course, especially after losing at home (to Gillingham) in the previous game. The reaction was excellent. We had to get a result and we did, and the day itself couldn’t have gone any better with the other results.
“We wanted to start well and we did. We were very good at the start, scored a great goal and created other chances.
“They did get back into the game and Joe (Bursik) has helped me out big time with a penalty save.”
“We came under a bit of pressure in the second-half, but we saw it out well. We worked hard on how to nullify their threats and we did. We managed the game well towards the end.
“It was a great team performance and now we need one more.”
Third-placed Sunderland drawing 3-3 at home to Accrington Stanley after leading 2-0 at the break left them nine points behind Posh with three games to go so a point for Posh will end their automatic promotion challenge.
Fourth-placed Lincoln lost at home to leaders Hull City and are now 10 points behind Posh, but have four games to go, Posh host Lincoln next Saturday (May 1). Hull’s win means they are promoted under former Posh manager and player Grant McCann.
Lincoln are at Shrewsbury on Tuesday when Sunderland host Blackpool.