Robinson’s feeling the strain with Addicks...
MARCUS Maddison’s moment of magic sealed another uncomfortable afternoon for under-fire Addicks boss Karl Robinson.
The Posh midfielder sent a delightful leftfooted chip into Declan Rudd’s net via the bar, after substitute Martin Samuelsen broke the deadlock with just his second touch.
In contrast, Robinson was booed for persevering with striker Lee Novak by disgruntled Charlton fans worried about a second successive relegation.
Robinson said: “I’m not going to defend the undefendable – and that includes me. The last 20 minutes was nowhere near good enough.
“But this was a game we should have had sewn up in the first half. We just aren’t as good as our opposition in both boxes at the moment.
“My decisions weren’t black and white. Tony Watt took painkillers to play and I didn’t want to lose him for three or four games.
“Lee also passed a fitness test this morning but is struggling with his groin.”
Charlton edged an uninspiring first half of few real chances.
A last-ditch block by Posh’s Michael Bostwick denied Novak in the 17th minute, before the Charlton striker saw a powerful shot beaten away by home goalkeeper Luke McGee.
Posh’s best offering was a 22-yard snapshot from Maddison that was pawed away by Rudd.
The introduction of Craig Mackail-Smith produced the first Posh stirrings and they broke the deadlock when Maddison’s precise right-wing cross was nodded home unchallenged by Samuelsen at the far post.
Maddison’s goal shortly after was magnificent and out of context with the rest of the afternoon.
There appeared to be little danger as he picked up possession on the right flank, but his deft touch gave Rudd no chance from just outside the box.
And Charlton showed little sign of making a fight of it once they fell behind.
Posh boss Grant McCann said: “Marcus has the ability to do things like that.
“He has way more assists than anyone else in League One and can also score tremendous goals.
“The ball he put in for Martin was pure class, and I was really pleased for him to follow that assist up with such a great strike.
“I’m sure it will be all over the TV this weekend and so it should. He hasn’t played a lot lately due to injury, but he’s got the bit between his teeth again.”
STAR MAN MARCUS MADDISON Peterborough