Robin­son’s feel­ing the strain with Addicks...

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By John Brind­ley

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.”


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