Four points mathematically promotes us but a slip up from Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday with Charlton winning takes us up at Carlisle. However it will not be a simple task with the Cumbrians unbeaten at home game September.
They have already picking up wins against Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield this season and no doubt will be looking for the scalp of Charlton to increase their own playoff ambitions. Carlisle head into the game on the back of a frustrating 0-0 home draw with Scunthorpe, a result that dropped them down to 7th position following Notts County’s victory.
They will have to go for the remainder of the season without one of their key stars this season in Lee Miller who has bagged himself an impressive 15 goals, but is ruled out with injury. So Carlisle will be relying upon the Ivorian striker Francois Zoko to add to the 12 goals his already scored this season. The highly-rated striker was linked with quite a few clubs during the January transfer window but nothing materialised and he is still a Cumbrian. Another class act within the Carlisle squad is the very experience John-Paul McGovern, the Scottish midfielder has been a key member of a prominent midfield throughout the season bagging the odd goal here and there aswell.
The Addicks have already beaten Carlisle twice this season, following a comfortable 4-0 victory in the league and then a hard fought 2-0 fa cup second round victory. But I’m sure Chris Powell will be telling his men how this game will be so much harder than those two routine wins at the Valley earlier in the season, and Carlisle definitely will not be taken for granted.
But Charlton seem to have their mojo back and will be thinking if they can keep that 4th consecutive clean sheet then they have a great chance in getting three points again. However there is one thing for sure this fixture always brings out goals, following last season Charlton’s 4-3 win in Carlisle and then their 3-1 defeat at home and so far 4-0 and 2-0 successes at home so going on past results this game promises us goals.
I will be making the long trek north just off the Scottish boarders, with what is expected to be a good Charlton following. I do believe Saturday could well be the day we get promoted as I can see Colchester being a tough side for Sheffield Wednesday to beat. But first things first, let’s get our win against a tricky Carlisle side before concentrating on results elsewhere. Come on lads, carry on doing us proud.
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