A VIEW FROM THE POSH#7
BY IAN McFARLANE
Hi folks, welcome to another bumper edition, obviously we are entering the bustling festive phase of the season, much excitement and talking points to behold…….
Saturday 25th November 2017, English Football League 1, Game 19
ROCHDALE 2-0 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 2,555
Line-up- O’Malley, Da Silva Lopes, Baldwin, Taylor, Hughes, Grant, Doughty (Forrester 45), Anderson (Kanu 45), Maddison, Marriott, Lloyd (Miller 45).
This heralded Keith Hill’s 500th game in charge of Rochdale, they provided a performance befitting of the occasion. Two goals in three, first-half minutes signalled Dale’s intentions in a half they had the best of. Andrew turned Hughes, to then unleash a shot into the bottom corner, to open the scoring. Shortly after Camps fired a free kick into the roof of O’Malley’s net. Three Posh subs were made at the interval in the hope to inject improvement, that did happen, but the damage was already done.
Tuesday 28th November 2017, English Football League 1, Game 20
CHARLTON ATHLETIC 2-2 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 9,532
Holmes 90+1 pen Edwards 11, Marriott 58
Line-up- Bond, Penny, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Grant, Forrester, Maddison (Doughty 90+2), Da Silva Lopes, Edwards, Marriott (Miller 90+2).
I feel Posh would have taken a point before kick off, however the way the game unfolded this was two points lost against play off chasing rivals. Posh opened the scoring in the 11th minute from a Maddison free kick which Edwards duly converted at the back post. Just over ten minutes into the second-half Boro doubled their lead, this time Edwards turned provider for Marriott to put away from six yards. Fresh legs were needed perhaps to hold on, however were only delivered in stoppage time after Charlton had pulled one back from the penalty spot, which was a dubious decision. Then Ahearne-Grant, a substitute who replaced debuting Leon Best, scored the goal that earned Charlton a crucial home point.
Sunday 3rd December 2017, FA Cup 2nd Round
WOKING 1-1 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 3,072
Ward 84 Tafazolli 24
Line-up- Bond, Hughes, Tafazolli, Penny, Edwards (Baldwin 85), Forrester, Da Silva Lopes, Taylor, Grant, Maddison, Marriott.
Another tricky non-league contender, after the exploits of Tranmere in the previous round. Woking in their own right knocked out League 1 Bury in the previous round. They showed it was no fluke, and should have won against a Posh side whom lacked spirit. Boro did take the lead, Maddison’s free-kick, found the head of Marriott which the keeper originally kept out, only for Tafazolli to tap in from close range. Posh conceded a penalty when Penny brought down Effiong, only for Bond to save Isaac’s spot-kick. The equaliser did come in the second-half, Joe Ward hitting a rasper past Bond, no-less than the plucky Cards deserved. A replay at the ABAX on the 12th to come, for the winners, a trip to Villa Park.
Wednesday 6th December 2017, The Old Football League Trophy, 2nd Round.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 2-0 SOUTHEND UNITED
Since the last edition, a lot has changed at the Posh. It seems goalkeeping wise, O’Malley has been dropped back behind Bond, not even participating in the FA Cup tie. This is strange as he was originally Boro’s cup keeper. Maybe this could be an incentive of McCann to try and keep Jonathan Bond on loan from Reading until the end of the season, instead of sending him back in January.
Also McCann has been utilising squad depth and rotation, this most probably because of the notoriously rigorous fixture pile-up throughout the festive period. Such players to have benefitted from this is young defender Penny, who started the game at the Valley and the FA Cup tie also. Also Ricky Miller, back in the squad following an on-going judicial situation and personal problems. He played the whole second-half at Rochdale, which consisted of him winning a free-kick, committing a foul and also construing an attempt on target. He also came on too late to make a difference against Charlton.
Jermaine Anderson also made a rare start against Rochdale, even though he was unfortunately culled at half-time. Also former Captain, Forrester played a half at Rochdale and full games in both the Charlton and Woking encounters. This being strange as he has seemed to be out of favour most of the season so far.
Also on a subject of substitutions, it seems over the season, McCann has been keeping it fresh, using all three subs in most games. However, the Charlton game he made two, both on the 92nd minute and at Woking in the Cup, just the one. I feel he needs to keep the consistency of using three subs before the ninety minute mark, especially in said busy period.
That’s all this time, I will be releasing a festive edition in a couple of weeks, also a match report from the Blackburn clash at the ABAX. Take care.