Powell ponders what might have been had Wagstaff scored against Owls

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CHRIS Powell believes the turning point in today’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday came when Scott Wagstaff hit the post.

The Addicks were leading 1-0 against the Owls when Wagstaff’s shot hit the woodwork midway through the second half.

A second goal would have been hard for Wednesday to comeback from but they made the most of their reprieve with late efforts from Reda Johnson and former Valley loanee Leroy Lita to seal an unlikely victory.

Powell said: “Football is a game we love and hate in equal measure sometimes.

“It is just one of those days that it hasn’t gone for us and it has been a positive month.

“We were obviously in a terrific position in the game.

“Whether the turning point was when we hit the post - because I felt that would have really sealed the deal for us - but they got an equaliser and then we paid the price.

“It is a tough way to lose the game after playing a part in a tough game on a pitch that was quite tough to play on.

“I felt we got stronger and better as the game went on and went ahead with a terrific goal, a really good team move, but sadly for us we couldn’t see it out.

“It has been a really positive start to our campaign in 2013 and it looked as if we could have done it for a fourth time today but Brian Clough said it only takes a second to score a goal.

“They put us under pressure and I thought we weathered a storm for a five or 10 minute period and then we broke away and had one or two efforts as I said. Obviously one hit the post.

“I’m like everyone else, it is just amazing how it happened. People are saying I could have made changes at 1-0 but obviously the players were doing the job right.”

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