ANDERSON BOO-BOYS BLASTED BY McCANN
GRANT MCCANN vented his frustration at referee Tim Robinson and some of his own fans after his Peterborough United side were twice pegged back at home.
McCann was annoyed Michael Bostwick had been penalised for blocking a Michael Doughty shot with his arm inside the area, but what aggravated him more was the sniping at Jermaine Anderson, the 20-year-old midfielder who slotted in neatly at right-back against Swindon.
Posh had led through Gwion Edwards before Doughty converted the spot-kick he had won. Marcus Maddison then scored a penalty for the home side before a Jack Baldwin own goal made it 2-2.
Both managers felt the draw was fair, unlike the criticism which has been aimed at Anderson.
McCann said: “I’ve seen the flak he gets off some of our fans and it’s scary. To play right-back shows how good a footballer he is. He’s had a bad injury and he’s just coming back to full fitness.
“It was probably a couple of weeks ago a couple of fans said we need another midfield player. He’s one of the best young midfielders in the country for his age. It’s upset me a little bit.”
On the penalty his side conceded, McCann added: “It was a bit frustrating. I do not think Michael Bostwick could have done anything about it. It’s harsh.
“There were some really good performances and Marcus Maddison was exceptional.” Swindon fell behind after a debatable free-kick was given for a foul by Doughty on Maddison. Maddison whipped the set-piece in from the right and from a few yards out Edwards’ header hit his knee then bounced onto the underside of the bar before crossing the line. Doughty equalised from the spot, but new Swindon signing Sean Murray tripped Chris Forrester four minutes after coming on for his debut and Maddison’s penalty found its way past Lawrence Vigouroux.
Baldwin then diverted Doughty’s fizzed cross into his own net, and Swindon nearly pinched it in injury time but substitute Luke Norris narrowly fired wide.
Swindon head coach Luke Williams said: “We looked very comfortable until we conceded then the game changed a lot.
“To come from behind twice was exceptional and shows we are capable of digging in.
“It’s disappointing we conceded from a set-play when it was not a free-kick, but sometimes you get decisions against you.
“It was disappointing for Sean to concede a penalty but anyone can make a mistake.
“He looks very capable and we are going to see a lot more of him.
“Michael’s been involved in the last 10 goals including the end of last season. He is committed to doing everything.
“He wants to be involved in everything, and when you have players like that you are always in the game.”
DOUGHTY SPIRIT: Michael Doughty, right,whose shot led to Swindon’s equaliser, gets one step ahead of Marcus Maddison