The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Tobin

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.”


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