D3D4 Peterborough United Correspondent Ian McFarlane gives us hi biweekly column on all things Peterborough….
A VIEW FROM THE POSH
BY IAN McFARLANE
Hi all, this is the first instalment of a column I will be releasing every two weeks, there will be round ups of Peterborough United’s latest games, as well as news, views and some nostalgic insight. Let’s get on with issue one.
Saturday 5th August 2017, English Football League 1, GAME #1
PETERBOROUGH UTD 2-1 PLYMOUTH ARGYLE Att: 7,622
Sawyer 4 (og) Wylde 76
Posh started the season with a positive result and not away to Rochdale for a change. A very positive attendance at the ABAX, who witnessed the Posh take an early lead through an unfortunate own goal from Sawyer. The score is not the true story of the game, Argyle had the majority of possession and predominantly carried the greater threat on goal. Jonathan Bond had a busy day in the Posh goal, but could do little to prevent the goal which he did concede, which ended up as a consolation. Marriott and Morias linked up well for the second, with Morias poking the ball past McCormick. Good start, but I stress, it’s only the start.
Tuesday 8th August 2017, English League Cup 1st Round
PETERBOROUGH UTD 1-3 BARNET Att: 2,725
Edwards 30 Akpa Akpro 22, Vilhate 39, Coulthirst 58
A reshuffled Posh went crashing out of the League Cup to a Barnet side, who quite frankly wanted it more. Edwards scored a composed equaliser, however Barnet went in at the break with the lead. To rub salt into the wound after missing a spot kick, former Posh boy Coulthirst followed in with the rebound to score against his old club. A low crowd despite reduced ticket prices, Barnet fully deserving of their progress and trip to Premier League Brighton in round two.
Saturday 12th August 2017, English Football League 1, GAME #2
BRISTOL ROVERS 1-4 PETERBOROUGH UTD Att: 9,758
Gaffney 85 Marriott 6, 55, 90+5, Taylor 78
New signing Marriott from Luton made his goal scoring mark for the Posh and how. A delectable hat-trick had the Posh purring. Good build up play from Gwion Edwards on the wing set Marriott up for his first with only 6 minutes played, he would add a second ten minutes after the restart. Former Newcastle defender Steven Taylor added a bulldozing header to put it beyond doubt, his first for the club since his move in pre-season. Rovers added a consolation before Marriott completed his treble in stoppage time.
OVERVIEW, League wise, Posh have made a very positive start, as previously stated though it is only a start. Marriott whom I stated in a previous column is going to be a more than adequate replacement for the vastly under-appreciated Tom Nichols.
Goals at this very early stage don’t seem to be too much of a problem, however keeping clean sheets seem more difficult. McCann has been utilizing a three man defence which seems to have galvanized the English league structure at this current point in time. If adhered to properly it can work a treat, however I am more in favour of a rigid back four within a 4-4-2 formation, where you would get the full benefit of Tafazolli and Taylor as Centre Halves, this would also allow the impressive Da Silva Lopes to play to his strengths as an attacking winger, instead of tracking back and defending which is not his strong point. However it should not be of detriment as we have many players who are more than capable of filling the void without disrupting the formation.
How far Posh can go with this is anyone’s guess, I feel though being pessimistic it may well be a false dawn, on the bright side, we are still yet to see Ricky Miller ( still serving a ban), but are still scoring to an effective level, so there is your positive. Rotherham at home next which I will be attending and delivering a match report on next week.
FANS BEING PRICED OUT AT POSH
I feel I have to ruin the feel good factor of the early season high points. A lot of people who don’t attend Posh matches have scoffed when I have informed them that I pay £26 to watch a mid-table League 1 side within the Family Stand. I listened and would just come back with a polite, “well I’ve been going since 1992”.
I have started to see things from the point of views of fans who go to a lot of games, but pay on the day of the match and it is truly disgusting. Firstly a friend from my 5-a-side team stressed to me that he purchased a ticket in the Family Stand for £28, yes the ticket prices have gone up without any progress to speak of.
Upon flicking through the programme, which has stayed at the same price I stress, Peterborough have noted that our next home game vs Rotherham is a ‘CATEGORY A GAME’. “WHAT THE HELL”, a lot of us attend League 1 and 2 games to get away from the overhyped propaganda of the Premier League. Now they’re using the dreaded Category system in League 1, realistically to increase and not decrease ticket prices. MacAnthony (owner), wonders why season tickets are at an all-time low and match day goers are staying away, here are your answers.
Speaking to a Manchester City fan he informed me that he attends games at the Etihad with an impeccable view for a fiver more than I pay to watch League 1 football. Something should be done about this, it is disgusting and all they seem to dangle like a carrot is a ’12 card’, like a mini season ticket, this does not alleviate the issue of extortionate prices for fans paying on the gate. Also lovely touch for retiring the number 12 jersey for the fans, sadly Mr MacAnthony that does not do anything for any of our bank balances, especially since even shirt printing is a pound a letter and three quid for a number. Truly ridiculous, just wanted this rant to reach a further demographic. “Up the Posh, but not the ownership”.
Until next time, stay safe.
Words Ian McFarlance