Unbeaten record at Peterborough threatened

Charlton have never lost a league game at Peterborough. In fact, until the Posh won 2-0 at The Valley on 17th December last year, we had never lost a league game to them at all.
True, we have only shared a division with them on six occasions but our away record of four draws and two wins might be the source of some small amount of confidence ahead of Saturday's encounter.

Relegation is still a possibility that has to be taken seriously in SE7. It is beginning to look as if Coventry, Chesterfield and Swindon are being cut loose, but only five points separate fourth bottom Port Vale from Charlton, and Port Vale still have a game in hand. If Charlton lose at Peterborough and Port Vale beat Wimbledon the gap will be reduced to two points. It is unlikely that Shrewsbury and Gillingham will both win but they might both make up ground.

Peterborough lie in eleventh place but their form is not inspiring and a play-off place is no longer looking likely. Their 90th minute win at Gillingham last week was their first in six games and they failed to beat Oldham at home last time out. Charlton will have to watch out for former non-league striker Junior Morias who has scored their last two goals and should be well aware of the danger of Craig Mackail-Smith who is back at London Road and has recently recorded his 100th goal for the club. A point at London Road would be very valuable and it doesn't seem beyond the bounds of possibility, particularly with two of Solly, Pearce and Magennis likely to be appearing.

Avoiding relegation has to be the top priority but Charlton would also like to avoid finishing lower than fourteenth because to fail to do so would mean the club's lowest finish in ninety one years. Chris Powell's team managed 13th place in 2010/11 before his memorable summer rebuilding. Theo Foley was in charge in 73/74 when the club finished 14th, although the Irishman had been replaced with four games to go by Andy Nelson who was to lead the club to promotion the following year. Surely, we are not now going to witness the lowest finish since the 21st in The Third Division (South) which our long-suffering supporters endured in 1925/26 ?

To reach 14th place Charlton will need to catch Milton Keynes and Northampton. They could make a start by beating Milton Keynes in the rearranged fixture on Tuesday April 4th.