KARL CURSES HIS FRAGILE ADDICKS
KARL ROBINSON was exasperated his Charlton side couldn’t play consistently enough to capitalise on their opportunities against playoffchasing visitors Peterborough United.
Ryan Tafazolli gave Posh the lead after 21 minutes, nodding in a contentious free-kick at the back post.
Charlton hit the woodwork twice soon after the restart, Josh Magennis denied by the post before Jordan Botaka’s shot was deflected onto the bar.
But Gwion Edwards’ superb solo goal on 66 minutes, nutmegging Patrick Bauer before firing past Dillon Phillips, secured the points to leave Robinson waiting for his first Charlton victory.
“The truth? I don’t think I can tell you the truth really,” Robinson said. “Not good enough, in every facet of the football match.
“What I want to say is bubbling up inside me, but I have to keep my head.
“I thought in the first 15 minutes, we showed what we wanted to do, then we were poor. Second half, first 15 minutes we were excellent again, but then after that we were poor again. At 1-0, we hit the post, we hit the bar and the game would’ve been oh-so different and that’s a fact.
“We play so well, miss one or two chances and all of a sudden we just lack that bit of belief.”
Both sides had early chances, Paul Taylor finding Tom Nichols after a jinking run but Shaquile Coulthirst missed, before Botaka curled one just wide.
But Peterborough broke the deadlock through poor marking from a questionable free-kick.
Ezri Konsa believed he dispossessed Nichols fairly, but the referee gave a free-kick and Tafazolli headed home Taylor’s delivery with ease.
Charlton were reeling but Posh created few chances until just before half-time, when Taylor threaded a pass to Leonardo da Silva Lopes, whose low shot was easily saved.
The hosts began the second half brightly, Magennis chesting down a cross to Nicky Ajose on 49 minutes, but he blazed his shot into the stands.
Magennis went close, cutting inside Michael Bostwick and beating Luke McGee, but not the post, before Botaka’s deflected 25-yard effort rattled the bar. Posh then punished those near misses through Edwards’ one-man effort, skinning Bauer 30 yards from goal and storming into the box to score. A corner fell at Ajose’s feet on 80 minutes, but his backheel into his standing leg summed up Charlton’s afternoon. “We were very good for 75 minutes,” Peterborough boss Grant McCann said. “Only at the start of the second half, when we were a bit slow out of the blocks, did we struggle. “But I can’t grumble at that really. “It was an outstanding display against a good side on their own pitch. We could have won by more than two goals. “What a goal from Gwion. He was close to not playing in this game, as we couldn’t get him off the toilet before the game, so to get 75 minutes from him was pleasing. “This was a strong all-round performance which should give us confidence in the future.”
HEADS I WIN: Ryan Tafazolli opens the scoring for Peterborough
OPENER: Ryan Tafazolli celebrates
STAR MAN PAUL TAYLOR Peterborough