D3D4 Peterborough united Correspondent Ian McFarlane is back with his regular update on all things Posh…
A VIEW FROM THE POSH #5
BY IAN McFARLANE
Hello and welcome to an up and down edition, both on and off the field. Three league games reviewed, aswell as the overview, plus an additional piece on the disgusting antics of a few in the away end at Glandford Park.
Tuesday 17th October 2017, English Football League 1, GAME #13
SOUTHEND UNITED 1-1 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 5,789
Fortune 10 Marriott 55
Line-up: Bond, Baldwin, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Da Silva Lopes, Grant, Anderson (Chettle 78), Edwards, Maddison, Marriott.
A tough place to go Roots Hall, so it proved after only ten minutes, over-exuberant Posh defending led to Fortune giving the hosts the lead. Posh did rally, once again more-so after the break and reaped their rewards with Marriott tapping in his tenth of the season. A good point after a recent lack of form.
Saturday 21st October 2017, English Football League 1, GAME #14
SCUNTHORPE UNITED 2-1 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 4,275
Novak 79, Morris pen 87 Hughes 51
Line-up: Bond, Shephard, Taylor, Baldwin, Hughes, Grant, Da Silva Lopes (Miller 84), Anderson (Chettle 68), Edwards, Maddison Marriott
An all-ticket following of 560 saw their visit to Glandford Park as worth it as Hughes gave the Posh the lead in the second half. This his first for Boro after a rather lifeless first half. Defensive capitulation struck again for Posh as Lee Novak pulled the hosts level, before conceding a penalty late on in which Morris confidently buried.
Saturday 28th October 2017, English Football League 1, GAME #15
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1-0 SHREWSBURY TOWN ATT: 5,606
Line-up: Bond, Baldwin, Tafazolli, Taylor, Hughes, Grant, Doughty, Da Silva Lopes, Edwards, Maddison (Anderson 80), Marriott (Kanu 90).
The only undefeated record in the EFL was put to rest at the ABAX. Maddison’s 40-yard wonder strike, easilly an early contender for ‘goal of the season’. Posh showed pragmatism for a change to hold out an obviously resolute and talented Shrewsbury attacking intent. What a way to hopefully end the current downward slide.
OVERVIEW:- After a run of three league games where it seemed Posh’s defence had gone missing, Saturday’s performance against the previously undefeated Shrews proved otherwise. The last time Peterborough were to lead at that particular minute, they were to be torn apart in the second half by Oxford. This time though they held firm.
The two previous away games were not shocking results, just despairing in patches. Early on against Southend, it seemed some members of the Posh line-up were still on the coach. Apart from Marriott scoring the goal that gave his team the point and led him to double figures in the goal scoring ranks, it was also great to see Calum Chettle return as a sub after a lengthy spell off with a hamstring tear.
The defeat against Scunthorpe basically looked like Boro switched off too early, this can not happen anyway, let alone against well respected play off contenders on their own patch………..
GET THEM OUT OF THE CROWDS
This brings me to a shameful occurrence at Scunthorpe of that aforementioned game. Grant McCann’s wife and children were attending this particular match, they were victims of heinous threats and abuse from certain visiting Peterborough ‘supporters’. Yes in the end they were supposed to feel safe in.
There are ways to voice your disapproval, this behaviour is the furthest down the spectrum and should be criminal. Daragh MacAnthony, the club owner has issued a £1,000 pound reward to anyone who will name the perpetrators. It should not be about the money, the initiative should be human decency and having these mental midget beasts banned from football at least.
I find it hard to call these idiots fans, they just simply attend football and spread their putrid vitriol over the blanket of true support. I can only hope they are found and banned before another such instance occurs.
Sad to end on a negative, but on the positive FA Cup First Round this weekend, I will be bringing you the match report for Peterborough’s clash with non-league Tranmere Rovers at the ABAX. All the best, regards.