New Dad An­thony has dream 48 hours

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Latham

GRANT McCann sin­gled out mid­fielder An­thony Grant’s com­mit­ment af­ter a Posh dis­play that sug­gested a big sea­son ahead.

While Jack Mar­riott de­servedly grabbed head­lines for an op­por­tunis­tic hat-trick, Grant’s im­pres­sive con­tri­bu­tion came in un­usual cir­cum­stances.

McCann ex­plained: “An­thony’s girl­friend gave birth to a lit­tle boy on Fri­day morn­ing and he drove to the game on his own last night, not get­ting to the ho­tel until 11pm

“He has turned in a ter­rific per­for­mance and that is the sort of heart and pas­sion I want at the club.”

Of Mar­riott, McCann added: “Jack de­served his tre­ble. The amount of work he put into the pre­vi­ous two games with­out scor­ing was tremen­dous.

“He is an out-and-out goalscorer, who gets chances and takes them. That’s why the chair­man was pre­pared to spend so much money on him.

“It was a great team per­for­mance from the first minute to the 95th. But we won’t be get­ting car­ried away.”

Mar­riott fired Posh ahead on six min­utes from a Gwion Ed­wards cross, which Ryan Sweeney might have cleared for a cor­ner.

It set the tone for a night­mare Rovers de­fen­sive dis­play. Ten min­utes into the sec­ond half Mar­riott was on tar­get again, slip­ping the ball past Adam Smith from a Ju­nior Mo­rias pass.

Ex­pe­ri­enced de­fender Steve Tay­lor forced the ball home when Jack Bald­win headed on a 78th-minute cor­ner. And al­though Rovers sub­sti­tute Rory Gaffney headed home a Lee Brown cross, Mar­riott had the fi­nal say.

The striker tapped in an An­drew Hughes cross at the far post to set the seal on an em­phatic win, leav­ing Rovers boss Dar­rell Clarke fu­ri­ous.

“I don’t want to hear any more talk about us be­ing a top-six side be­cause we are miles off that at the mo­ment,” he said.

“The play­ers face a tough week on the train­ing ground. We looked vul­ner­a­ble to vir­tu­ally ev­ery Peter­bor­ough at­tack and it sim­ply wasn’t good enough.

“We have to build some bricks be­fore we can con­sider our­selves a good side. I have faith in my play­ers, but there is a lot of hard work ahead.

“It has been a night­mare start for us. I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity as al­ways. That sim­ply wasn’t good enough.”

Rovers hit the wood­work twice through Billy Bodin’s first half shot and a loop­ing sec­ond half header from Ol­lie Clarke, but were well beaten.

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