A moment of sheer magic from Marcus Maddison completed back-to-back League One wins for Peterborough United for the first time since December today (April 1).
Maddison delivered an amazing chip six minutes from time from 20 yards which kissed the underside of the crossbar before nestling in the back of the net.
Maddison had also produced a brilliant cross which was headed home by substitute Martin Samuelsen from close range 10 minutes earlier as Posh completed a second 2-0 win over Charlton this season.
Posh were at their best after the arrival of substitutes Samuelsen and Craig Mackail-Smith and a switch to a 4-4-2 formation. Before then centre-backs Jack Baldwin and Michael Bostwick had been forced to play strongly to get in the way of numerous shots on goal.
Posh made one change to their starting line-up with striker Junior Morias rewarded for back-to-back scoring games from the substitutes’ bench. MacKail-Smith dropped out of the team.
Charlton matched the Posh midfield diamond and there was little between the sides in a goalless first half, although the visitors had the best chance to score on 17 minutes when slick passing opened up the home defence.
Lee Novak was the man left with a clear sight of goal, but his dithering enabled Bostwick to get back and block.
A minute later Novak’s shot was turned aside by Luke McGee in the Posh goal.
Posh were losing possession too easily with balls over the top often overhit. Too many challenges were lost in midfield, but thankfully for manager Grant McCann, Baldwin and Bostwick were robust at the heart of the Posh back four. Full-backs Michael Smith and Jerome Binnom-Williams also defended strongly.
Posh created little, although a 20-yard volley from Maddison after a fine pass by Leo Da Silva Lopes did bring a save from Charlton ‘keeper Declan Rudd that was more spectacular than necessary.
Da Silva Lopes fired just wide from a tight angle after fine hold-up play by Morias before a poor half came to an end.
Charlton started the second half strongly, but Baldwin and Bostwick again made good blocks to thwart Ricky Holmes and Novak.
Posh did eventually stir with substitute Mackail-Smith forcing a save from close range from Rudd following a low Maddison free kick.
And then Maddison, who played poorly, gained yet another goal assist with a far post right wing cross that Samuelsen nodded home from close range to claim his first goala of the campaign. That’s 15 assists for the season for the mercurial Maddison.
And Maddison’s moment of genius made it eight goals for the season for a player who still divides opinion among the Posh faithful.
Posh: Luke McGee, Michael Smith, Jerome Binnom-Williams (for Andrew Hughes, 76 mins), Jack Baldwin, Michael Bostwick, Anthony Grant, Chris Forrester (sub Martin Samuelsen, 73 mins), Leo Da Silva Lopes, Marcus Maddison, Junior Morias, Tom Nichols (sub Craig Mackail-Smith, 60 mins). Unused substitutes: Mark Tyler, Brad Inman, Callum Chettle, Andrea Borg.
Charlton: Declan Rudd, Nathan Byrne, Adam Chickesn, Fredrik Ulvestad, Jorge Teixeira, Patrick Bauer, Johnnie Jackson (sub Andrew Crofts, 66 mins), Jake Forster-Caskey, Ricky Holmes, Lee Novak (sub Jordan Botaka, 73 mins), Tony Watt (sub Josh Magennis, 66 mins). Unused substitutes: Dillon Phillips, Andrew Jordan Botaka, Jason Pearce, Joe Aribom, Jay Dasilva.
Goals: Posh - Samuelsen (76 mins), Maddison (84 mins).
Cautions: Posh - Morias (dissent).
Charlton - Byrne (foul), Bauer (foul).
Referee: Graham Salisbury 5
Attendance: 5,482 (716 Charlton).