Gary Johnson returned from a stint managing the Latvian national team to take the reins at Kettering when he relaunched his career in England. Since those days at Rockingham Road he has enjoyed success at Yeovil – taking them into the Leaague – Bristol City, where he took them from League One to the cusp of the Premier League. Only a narrow Play-Off Final defeat to Hull halted the Robins.
Johnson is now at the helm of free-scoring Pterborough who the Addicks face at London Road. The Posh have won five and lost two of their seven home games, netting 21 times in the process. Posh are the division’s leading scorers but also concede plenty at the other end. The signs tend to indicate a high scoring affair which probably means it will be a 0-0 draw!
Phil Parkinson will be keen to revert to the team that has done so well since the Brighton match and, with everyone seemingly fit enough to play, he should get his wish. Joe Anyinsah was taken off at Barnet with a niggle but is expected to be in the starting line-up. The one major decision Parkinson will have to make is whether to start with fit again Kyel Reid or use him from the bench.
Paul Benson’s former Dagenham strike partner, Craig Mackail-Smith, will be in tandem with the prolific Aaron McLean for the hosts with George Boyd adding a further goal threat from midfield.
Chritian Dailly and Gary Doherty will be pivotal to the result and the manager will be hoping their experience will nullify the threat posed by Peterborough’s front two.
Vital Quotes:Gary Johnson’s slant on the match.
“We are at home and need to make sure we take control of the game and play it our way. For that to happen we need lads to step up to the plate and want to effect the game in a good way.
“I am looking for my team to be a constant threat. We have to be dangerous and we have to be looking to feed our attacking players every minute of the match.
“We have two of the top goalscorers in the division and we have to make sure we get the ball to them so they can influence the game. I would certainly like to see them receive the ball more than they have at times this season.
“We have done our homework on Charlton and know quite a lot about them. Now it is about putting it into practice and alleviating their strengths while looking to take advantage of any weaknesses.
“There are always ups and downs in football. We had a down in our last home game against Brighton when we didn`t perform on the day, but you have to be in it for the long haul.
“We have shown we are good enough to challenge, but that in itself is not enough.
“It is about continuing to improve and striving to get up there in the top two.”
Peterborough United Team News:
Peterborough will be hoping to have a full squad to pick from.
Player to watch: George Boyd
Supplies the bullets and scores goals.
Charlton Athletic Team News:
Joe Ansinyah should be fit to partner Paul Benson up front.
Player to watch: Scott Wagstaff
His energy could cause the Posh rearguard problems.
Match Facts & Stats
David Foster from Tyne & Wear is the referee.