A VIEW FROM THE POSH
BY IAN McFARLANE
A Happy New Year edition of ‘A View’. Within this piece, all the results and line-ups from the festive period, an overview of those particular fixtures. Also the pending debut of Kieffer Moore. Let’s get to it…………
Tuesday 12th December 2017, FA Cup 2nd Round Replay.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 5-2 WOKING ATT: 3,022
Doughty 29, Marriott 45,69 Effiong 19
Maddison 78 pen Young 68
Line-up- Bond, Penny, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Grant, Doughty (Forrester 84), Edwards, Da Silva Lopes (Lloyd 61), Maddison, Marriott.
Sunday 17th December 2017, English Football League 1, Game 22
FLEETWOOD TOWN 2-3 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 2,273
Bell 29, Bolger 82 Doughty 55, Marriott 88,
Line-up- Bond, Penny, Taylor, Tafazolli (Miller 84), Hughes, Grant, Doughty, Edwards (Lloyd 8), Da Silva Lopes (Anderson 60), Maddison, Marriott.
Saturday 23rd December 2017, English Football League 1, Game 23
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 3-0 BURY ATT: 4,640
Lloyd 3, 71, Marriott 63
Line-up- Bond, Penny, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Grant (Kanu 80), Doughty (Da Silva Lopes 64), Anderson (Forrester 45), Lloyd, Maddison, Marriott.
Tuesday 26th December 2017, English Football League 1, Game 24
BRADFORD CITY 1-3 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 21,220
Taylor 83 Lloyd 14, Marriott 33, 67
Line-up- Bond, Penny, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Grant, Forrester, Doughty, Lloyd (Da Silva Lopes 79), Maddison, Marriott.
Saturday 30th December 2017, English Football League 1, Game 25
MILTON KEYNES DONS 1-0 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 10,304
Walsh s/off 9, Sow s/off 35
Line-up- Bond, Penny (Morias 38), Tafazolli, Taylor, Hughes, Doughty (Anderson 63), Grant, Lloyd, Forrester (Da Silva Lopes 45), Maddison, Marriott.
As you can see Posh had an exceptional festive period, though with the extraordinary defeat at Milton Keynes and draw with Doncaster, is inconsistency going to rear it’s ugly head once more? At Stadium MK, the home side were down to ten men before the ten-minute mark, went ahead through Aneke’s seventh of the season before half-hour was told and went down to nine men before the interval. Yet Boro still couldn’t perforate their defence in the remaining half.
Enough negatives, Posh were twice behind away at Fleetwood, yet carved out a great 3-2 victory. This was to set off Danny Lloyd’s renaissance and scoring partnership with the goal-scoring machine Jack Marriott. Also Junior Morias is back playing sparingly until I assume he is 100%. Since there have been rumours over Lloyd’s departure, he has scored four goals within the time-frame of three games, his second against Bury was stupendous. Continuing with the forward line, Miller has recently been removed from the first team squad since making his last substitute appearance at Fleetwood. I can’t see him turning out for Posh again. Kanu has also been somewhat of a flop, but still gets on for a cameo here and there.
Sticking with personnel, Penny a product of the Jamie Vardy V-9 academy has become a first team regular, in the absence of the likes of Baldwin and Shepphard. This is a positive, however he does show a lot more trepidation and can look error-laden on occasions, in which the two other aforementioned names are definitely more assured. The spine of the Posh is very strong, Bond in goal (extended loan spell from Reading until the end of the season), Taylor/Tafazolli (unfair to exclude one), Grant (surely future captain), Maddison and Marriott, truly mouth-watering.
I’m sincerely hoping that Marriott is staying put and not joining QPR. Even though there are some obscure rumours of Jack going that way and Posh receiving Conor Washington back in return. Sadly I rate Marriott over Washington at this level and hope this does not happen. Good news is secondary League 1 top scorer Kieffer Moore with 13 scored and 3 assists, averaging a goal every 132 minutes for Rotherham, looks set to come to Posh from parent club Ipswich Town. This is massive, with Marriott (top scorer in League 1), Moore and fit-again Morias up-front the goalscoring possibilities at this level would be astronomical. Just think of what a diverse 3-3-1-3 formation could herald, with Maddison pulling the strings behind the front three. If this materialises, will there be room for in-form Danny Lloyd?
Exciting times indeed at the Posh, Happy New Year, until next time take care and stay safe.
words Ian McFarlane D3D4 Peterborough United correspondent