D3D4 Peterborough United Correspondent Ian McFarlane brings you his regular update about all things POSH….
A VIEW FROM THE POSH #6
BY IAN McFARLANE
Hi and welcome all, a little earlier with this edition as I have some matches to round up including the FA Cup replay from Wednesday. Also there is an update on the troubled Ricky Miller situation….
Saturday 4th November, FA Cup 1st Round
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1-1 TRANMERE ROVERS
(Full match report within FA Cup reports)
Tuesday 7th November 2017, ‘Old’ Football League Trophy Group Stage
CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0-2 PETERBOROUGH UNITED
Sunday 12th November 2017, English Football League 1, GAME #16
AFC WIMBLEDON 2-2 PETERBOROUGH UNITED
(Full match report within the week 17 section)
Wednesday 15th November 2017, FA Cup 1st Round Replay
TRANMERE ROVERS 0-5 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 4,199
Harris s/off 25 Lloyd 16, 22, 73, Baldwin 67
Maddison 75 pen
Line-up:- O’Malley, Baldwin, Taylor, Tafazolli (Forrester 77), Hughes, Da Silva Lopes, Grant, Doughty (Anderson 68), Maddison, Marriott (Kanu 69), Lloyd.
Posh were ravenous in a delightful display if you’re of a Peterborough persuasion. After a defensive breakdown Danny Lloyd, fresh off a good outing at Wimbledon, capitalised and rounded the keeper for the opener, with footwork Michael Flatley would be proud of. He would receive ill-treatment from the home fans for celebrating, even having a bottle cast in his direction. This just spurred the youngster on, as he hammered his and Posh’s second, latching onto a set piece and drilling the ball into the upper-echelons of the net.
Along with idiotic actions from certain fans, Tranmere’s cause was not helped by a ridiculous challenge from Harris on Maddison which could have broken the Boro man’s ankle. A straight red was bestowed in only the 25th minute, and rightly so, diving and theatrics not needed this time by Marcus.
After the break, Baldwin headed home from a set-piece, followed by Lloyd completing a richly deserved hat-trick. Maddison added even further gloss to the scoreline with the fifth, a nonchelant finish from the penalty spot. The penalty being given after substitute Jermain Anderson was brought down by the flap-happy keeper.
Peterborough now face a tricky trip to non-league Woking in the second round.
Fixture congestion is looking to be a factor for Posh, a busy November, averaging two games a week in all competitions, all this before a typically bumper festive period.
Peterborough though are battling on all fronts, topping their Checkatrade group and making it to the second round of the FA Cup, albeit needing a replay to secure that spot. League form has to improve, and slowly it is, after the latest slump, a win over table-topping Shrewsbury and a goal-laden draw at Wimbledon has led to optimism.
Two really tough home games in four days take place next, against two very valid play-off hopefuls in Blackpool and Portsmouth. Ideally McCann should be looking for at least a four-point swing out of these fixtures, especially because of home advantage.
Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick’s emergence in the starting line-up is great to see. He is complimenting the attacking model very well over his last two starts. This is just what Posh need in the longitudinal absence of hotshot Junior Morias.
RICKY MILLER DOUBTFUL TO PLAY FOR POSH AGAIN
Since signing from Dover in the summer and starting the season in the stands, serving a ban for biting, controversial striker Ricky Miller has struggled for form and game-time. Often used as a substitute to attempt to sporadically integrate him into the team and a consistent mode of form. Sadly this has not transpired, and maybe now never will…
Peterborough United have given Miller a leave of absence, following an altercation between Miller and a police officer in ‘what I believe to be’, the morning of Sunday 5th November. By account he was abusive (both physically and verbally), before failing to give a specimen of breath.
A date in court has been set. This is not the first time Miller has had a brush with the law as he was also arrested following an assault at an awards night at one of his former clubs Luton Town. On that occasion he was released by the club and was found not guilty of the crime.
Grant McCann in interviews declared Miller has not been well, as the reason for the lay-off, this is not a brush-off from the manager. It is well documented, from those close to Ricky Miller that he is said to be struggling mentally with personal issues, which will not be elaborated upon within this piece out of respect. This could in-turn have led to what happened on November 5th, but in no way should be condoned.
After being brought up in Bretton, a suburb within the Peterborough demographic, Miller’s move both professionally and personally was a dream move. However it seems to have materialised into more of a nightmare.