A VIEW FROM THE POSH
BY IAN McFARLANE
Welcome folks to another edition, there will be the usual round up, overview and a few moans regarding some spectators at the Cup clash vs. Leicester……
Saturday 6th January 2018, FA Cup 3rd Round.
ASTON VILLA 1-3 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 21,667 (4,639 away)
Davis 8 Marriott 75, 90+3
Line-up- Bond, Shephard, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Grant, Forrester, Da Silva Lopes (Morias 72), Lloyd, Maddison, Marriott.
Villa rang the changes, however still took the lead through youngster Davis early on. Peterborough looked strong throughout, that strength and persistance paid dividends within the last 15 minutes. Marriott twice found the net with a header from Tafazolli sandwiched between. A convincing path into the fourth round against the odds.
Tuesday 9th January 2018, Football League Trophy, Last 16.
LUTON TOWN 0-0 PETERBOROUGH UNITED (Peterborough win 7-6 on pens)
Saturday 13th January 2018, English Football League 1, GAME #27
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0-0 PETERBOROUGH UNITED ATT: 8,602
Line-up- Bond, Shephard, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Grant, Forrester, Doughty (Ward 68), Lloyd (Morias 68), Maddison, Marriott.
No double-cup hangover for the Posh who set their stall out positively at the league pace-setters, even having a Marriott goal chalked off for offside. In the two fixtures against the side expected to be at the top when the 46 fixtures are complete, Boro managed to snuff out Wigan’s plentiful attack, collecting 4 out of 6 points against Athletico Wigan.
Saturday 20th January 2018, English Football League 1, GAME#28.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 3-0 OLDHAM ATHLETIC
Match report, within Match Reports section.
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, Football League Trophy, Quarter-Final.
LINCOLN CITY 4-2 PETERBOROUGH UNITED
Saturday 27th January 2018, FA Cup 4th Round.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED 1-5 LEICESTER CITY ATT: 13,193
Hughes 58 Diabate 9, 87
Iheanacho 12, 29, Ndidi 90+2
Line-up- Bond, Shephard, Taylor, Tafazolli, Hughes, Forrester, Grant, Maddison (Borg 89), Da Silva Lopes (Morias 61), Lloyd (Kanu 80), Marriott.
Leicester were ruthless and clinical and did not require Mahrez, Okazaki or Vardy to see the job out. Posh were 2-0 down within the first 12 minutes and never truly recovered. Shephard afforded Damarai Gray far too much time and space on the left flank throughout the game. Iheanacho wasn’t given the defensive attention warranted and showed why (at one time), he had the best goals-to-minutes ratio in the top tier. Being 3-0 down at half-time, I was not overly distraught, as I knew that the Posh generally battle harder in second periods. This did happen with Hughes hitting the target in a scrappy, but deserved finish. Posh also had a goal ruled out for a dubious (from where I was sat), offside call. Fatigue eventually showed as Diabate (his second) and Ndidi rounded the romp off.
DAY-OUT DWELLERS LEAVE EARLY WHILE LITTERING.
Yes on Saturday, the usual 5,000 attendance was upped to a 13,000+ as the Premiership big-boys hit-town. I booked my tickets on the day of the Leicester vs Fleetwood replay, as I would have still been there if the ‘Cod Army’, had caused an upset. I summise that many who were in the home areas on Saturday would not have been, if that unlikely event had transpired.
For many I imagine this was their first trip to the ABAX as the atmosphere in the Family Stand resembled that of a film premier than a Cup tie. People had their phones out trying to grab a pic of Mahrez and Vardy, neither of which came on. They will be back in their arm-chairs next weekend, watching said two on Match of the Day, or yet another televised Premier League clash.
Once Leicester went 4-1 up “fans” hit the exits on mass while chuntering and throwing litter and random objects onto the pitch, disgusting. “We wont be coming here again”, was uttered, in which I respond “good riddance to bad rubbish”. I stayed until the end and applauded the Posh for, what I considered decent endeavour. I will be part of the expected 4-5,000 for next weeks clash with Southend, I seriously feel a lot that left early will not.
Off the back of Posh exiting two cup competitions in a week, I am not really devastated. The old “concentrate on the league”, mantra now needs to go into overdrive. At one point 6th place was the conceivable position Boro could look at obtaining, however recently Bradford in 5th have been in freefall results wise. This meaning another play-off place is looking up for grabs over the remaining months of the season.
Peterborough showed grit and resolve to dismiss Oldham in the last league encounter, a side whose lowly league position normally construes problems. Now similar needs to occur at London Road Saturday against Southend. February also throws-up a total of four home games along with away days to Gillingham and Blackpool.
In the last edition, I was on cloud nine, salivating at the prospect of what seemed a done-deal and imminent arrival of Kiefer Moore. Sadly McCann become financial advisor and bemoaned Moore’s wages of being too much to consolidate, so Championship Barnsley signed him instead, nice one!
However trying not to talk too soon, but it looks like Marriott is staying put for now, Morias is also looking back to his best, so that tandem should produce the goals and entertainment which is required.
Good to see Anthony Grant as the new captain, not just because I predicted this to happen, as he is the most suitable for the armband. He is a constant defensive-shield, reads the game immaculately, weighs in with phenomenally timed interceptions and challenges. Also he looks a good, strong leader on the pitch. Let’s just hope the captaincy jinx doesn’t hit Grant the way it hit Forrester and Baldwin before him.
Posh have made a couple of positive signings in the window, with the former Brighton winger Joe Ward arriving along with George Cooper from Crewe’s ranks. Cooper made an immediate impact in his debut appearance as a late substitute against Oldham, by scoring a delectably worked team goal.
Roll on the closure of the transfer-window, then we can realistically look to hopefully obtain a berth within the play-offs come May.