McCann: Posh must tune out the hype

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Joel Lamy

PETER­BOR­OUGH boss Grant McCann blasted his un­der-per­form­ing play­ers for be­liev­ing their own hype af­ter a heavy loss to MK Dons.

The North­ern Ir­ish­man saw his side ca­pit­u­late in the sec­ond­half against their lo­cal ri­vals, with Har­vey Barnes, Kieran Agard and Chuks Aneke (twice) find­ing the net in­side 24 min­utes.

McCann has seen plenty of trans­fer spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing some of his play­ers, and he ques­tioned whether some had their heads turned.

“I could not see hurt, fight and pas­sion – things you can’t teach a player,” he said.

“That was the big­gest dis­ap­point­ment against one of the lo­cal ri­vals.

“I don’t know if the play­ers are be­liev­ing their own hype. The only way some of those play­ers will leave the club is by go­ing to a club below.

“For the past three to four years at this foot­ball club, Jan­uary has been dis­ap­point­ing.

“The ex­pec­ta­tions that sur­round the play­ers be­liev­ing they are go­ing to leave this club does not help.

“I was wor­ried about Jan­uary and play­ers’ heads be­ing turned by agents. It hap­pens at ev­ery club but it hap­pens more here.”

The sec­ond-half car­nage started with a short cor­ner worked to Paul Down­ing, who played a clever ball into Barnes to fin­ish.

Agard then found the cor­ner from in­side the area be­fore Aneke ab­so­lutely ham­mered in a shot from 20 yards.

Aneke, who also scored two goals against Northamp­ton last week, then turned past a static de­fence be­fore fir­ing past Luke McGee.

Peter­bor­ough’s best mo­ments came in the first half when Lee An­gol’s goal-bound shot was blocked by Down­ing be­fore Martin Sa­muelsen failed to con­vert Mar­cus Mad­di­son’s cross. Dons boss Rob­bie Niel­son was full of praise for Le­ices­ter­loa­nee Barnes, who capped his first start with a goal af­ter scor­ing as a sub­sti­tute on his de­but last week.

Neil­son said: “I thought the first 10-15 min­utes we strug­gled to get hold of the game, but once we did that we were com­fort­able.

“Har­vey I thought was fan­tas­tic. We’ve got to try and en­joy the time we’ve got with him as he’s des­tined for big­ger and bet­ter things.

“Our job is to get him to de­velop and play men’s foot­ball. He was ex­cel­lent for a kid mak­ing his full de­but for us.

“And I was de­lighted for Chuks – it’s been a tough year for him. His first goal was a great strike but I’m hop­ing he can score a few more bet­ter than that.”

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