A VIEW FROM THE POSH #4
BY IAN McFARLANE
Hi folks and welcome to the fourth instalment of ‘A View From the Posh’, as usual we will have a review of the latest action and an in-depth overview of the current situations.
SATURDAY 23rd SEPTEMBER 2017, English Football League 1, GAME #9
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 3-2 WIGAN ATHLETIC
(For an in-depth match report of this League 1 classic go to match reports, week 9)
TUESDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 2017, English Football League 1, GAME #10
OLDHAM ATHLETIC 3-2 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 2,975
Doyle 51, 85 Maddison 58 pen
Gardner 80 Marriott 90+2
Posh line-up: Bond, Shephard (Da Silva Lopes 60), Taylor, Baldwin (Miller 70), Tafazolli, Hughes, Forrester, Doughty, Maddison, Morias (Kanu 37), Marriott
A controversy filled 90 plus minutes occurred at Boundary Park, as Oldham won their first home league game and consequentially Posh fell to their first league loss on their travels. After going behind Posh levelled from the spot, only just as Maddison scored off the under-side of the bar. After going down to 10 men, Oldham upped their game went 3-1 up and later appealed said red card. Marriott continued his rich goalscoring form, but by the 92nd minute it was too little too late. To make things worse Morias went off in the first half with a thigh tear.
SATURDAY 30th SEPTEMBER 2017, English Football League 1, GAME #11
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1-4 OXFORD UNITED ATT: 6,153
Marriott 15 Ruffels 48, Thomas 53, Rothwell 75,
Posh line-up: Bond, Taylor, Baldwin, Tafazolli, Hughes (Lloyd 69), Maddison, Da Silva Lopes, Grant, Anderson (Doughty 62), Miller, Marriott
A capitulation of epic proportions is the only way of explaining this performance by the Posh. After taking an early lead, from yeah Marriott again, such a good job we have him in the forward line. After the break Boro fell apart, with the slow starting expansive Oxford taking full advantage of Boro’s defensive second half woes. Four different goal-scorers and a comprehensive home defeat that left McCann and Posh supporters furious.
TUESDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2017, “old” Football League Trophy Group Stage
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1-1 NORTHAMPTON TOWN
(Northampton win 4-2 on penalties).
A real baptism by fire for Peterborough United, coming off a wonderful performance/victory against Wigan the wheels fell off in spectacular fashion within the following two league games. Seven goals conceded and three scored demonstrates the era of outscore the opposition, no matter how many they score is sadly over. The proprietor of this formula, Darren Ferguson has long since left and even though current boss Grant McCann must look up to the man who managed him when he played during this goal-laden era, that era has subsided and now pragmatism needs to be McCann’s modus-operandi.
It was probably a relief that through fortuitous circumstances, (the away clash vs Charlton was cancelled through international call-ups), McCann has had near-enough two weeks with his team to prepare for Gillingham this Saturday and the immediate future.
One of the problems McCann faces is using (as mentioned before), the 3-4-1-2 formation against expansive, width orientated sides. The finest example, against Oxford in the last league outing, a solid 4-4-2 formation would have surely been the way forward. Changing to 4-4-2 has helped Posh defeat MK Dons, Wigan (implemented just before half-time) and initiated for the second half against Bradford however too late as already 3-0 down at the break. You could though notice the difference after the break, Boro pulled one back, should have won a penalty and with chances created could have amazingly won 4-3, also keeping a second half clean sheet.
We will soon see if the break has benefited the Posh with the next league game at home to Gillingham, struggling at the wrong end of the table, however cannot be taken lightly after a decent performance in the televised clash against Pompey at the weekend. I will be providing a full comprehensive match report on this said game, as I will be attending the ABAX on Saturday.