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Jon Riley 16th May 2010 - 11:06

Recovering Addicks need to score


Charlton Athletic and Swindon Town lock horns for the fourth and final time this season in this season in their League One semi-final second leg.

The Robins travel to the Valley with a 2-1 lead to protect. Goals courtesy of Charlie Austin and Darren Ward sent the Swindon fans at the County Ground into ecstasy.

Swindon had the edge but Friday's victory was a bittersweet one since they had sufficient chances to have won by a wide margin. Still, they did find the net twice even without their key striker. 29 goal Billy Paynter is still doubtful for the second-leg and was a surprise absentee from the first encounter.

Danny Wilson's men could only hold onto that two goal advantage for five minutes as Deon Burton's brave header dragged Charlton right back into contention in this tie.

This is Addicks Manager Phil Parkinson's first experience of the play-offs and he's hoping it will be a happy one. He's backing the clubs fans to generate an atmosphere that will spur his team on to victory, "The tables will be turned on Monday at The Valley, we're going to have a full house and a terrific crowd behind us."

As it is, the semi-final is finely poised for Monday's return leg.

The home side are the favourites to win in 90 minutes at 4/5 while the visiting Robins can be backed at 13/5.

However, when it comes for qualifying for the final Swindon are slightly in front of their rivals when vying for favouritism. Swindon are 8/11 to progress to Wembley and Charlton are evens.

Both games between these two teams this season have finished as a draw. Nicky Bailey rescued a point for Charlton at the County Ground while Miguel Llera scored in the dying seconds at the Valley to snatch a draw for a nine man Addicks team. Two first half red cards had swung the game massively in Swindon's favour but the hosts managed to recover.

A draw in this fixture is priced at 12/5.

The first goal in this game could be crucial. A goal for the home team, even better an early goal, could see them overturn the first leg disadvantage. Deon Burton and Nicky Forster are 4/1 to open the scoring while captain Nicky Bailey is 8/1.

If Swindon can break the deadlock it gives them a massive lead to hold onto, leaving Charlton needing to penetrate their backline twice. If Billy Paynter can pass a late fitness test he'll head the first scorer betting at 6/1. Charlie Austin, scorer in the first leg is 13/2.

Que sera sera, whatever will be will be. Will it be Wembley? Or Notts County?

 

 
 
 

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