Make sure Dale don’t hurt us again

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - Alan Swann @PTAlanSwann

New Posh man­ager Grant McCann wants the hurt from last sea­son’s open­ing day de­feat at Rochdale to mo­ti­vate his team on Satur­day. Posh went down 2-0 at Spot­land 12 months ago fol­low­ing a dis­mal dis­play which set the tone for Dave Robert­son’s brief spell as man­ager.

McCann is a big fan of the work done by Dale boss Keith Hill on a lim­ited bud­get, but hebe­lieves his side needto lay down a marker of their own this time around.

“We were very dis­ap­point­ing at Rochdale last sea­son,” McCann ad­mit­ted. “We de­served­tolose, al­thoughthere­sult mighthave­been­dif­fer­ent had Joe Gorm­ley not missed a good chance to make it 1-1.

“The re­sult started Rochdale out on a good sea­son. They gained con­fi­dence from beat­ing us and they kept it go­ing for most of the cam­paign.

“That’s what we aim to do this sea­son. We didn’t play that well when we won 1-0 at Rochdale on the open­ing day of the pre­vi­ous sea­son, but we bat­tled­to­getare­sul­tandwent on to win a few games.

“It is a long sea­son, but a good start is im­por­tant and that’s whatIwill­instill into the play­ers be­fore kick-off.

“It hurt us to play so badly last sea­so­nandwe­can’tafford a re­peat per­for­mance.

“I’m con­fi­dent we can get there­sultwe­want, bu­tit­won’t be an easy game.

“Rochdale are ex­cep­tion­ally well run and man­aged. They make great sign­ings for League One ev­ery sea­son and they will be or­gan­ised and tough to beat.

“It’s as tough an open­ing gameaswe­could­have, but we go there in good shape and in good spir­its.”

Un­less he’s played out an elab­o­rate bluff, McCann’s ini­tial start­ing line-up is easy to predict.

His one is­sue might be perming two from Gwion Ed­wards, Jer­maine An­der­son and Leo Da Silva Lopes for the slots in front of skip­per Chris For­rester in a mid­field di­a­mond.

Jack Bald­win looks to have edged out Michael Bost­wick for the cen­tral de­fen­sive role along­side new sign­ing Ryan Tafa­zolli, while Paul Tay­lor and Shaquile Coulthirst look set to start up front.

McCann added: “One or two places are still un­der dis­cus­sion, butin­my­head­I­know my team.

“Some play­ers will be dis­ap­pointed, but it’s a long sea­so­nandwewil­l­neede­v­ery­one at some stage.”

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