In-Cum­mings at Posh

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

Posh man­ager Grant McCann sur­veyed an ex­cel­lent open­ing week of the 2016-17 sea­son, but in­sisted he still has plenty to work on.

Posh won their first League One match 3-2 at Rochdale and fol­lowed it up with a 3-2 home suc­cess over AFC Wim­ble­don in the first round of the English Foot­ball League Cup.

Both matches were won by last-minute goals by sub­sti­tutes, Gwion Ed­wards and Tom Nichols.

That strength from the bench pleased McCann as did the team’ s char­ac­ter in­com­ing from be­hind in both games, but he’s not fooled into think­ing he is work­ing with a squad with­out prob­lems.

“It’s ob­vi­ous we have plenty to work on,” McCann ad­mit­ted. “And we will do just that.

“We need to man­age games bet­ter and con­ced­ing four goals in two games is a con­cern, but then we’ve scored six our­selves which seems to be the Peter­bor­ough way!

“It’s been a very pleas­ing start in terms of the char­ac­ter of the play­ers, the goals we have scored and the ob­vi­ous strength in depth we have.

“I want selec­tion prob­lems and Gwion Ed­wards gave me one with his per­for­mance as a sub­sti­tute at Rochdale and Tom Nichols has given me an­other one with his dis­play against Wim­ble­don. It’s vi­tal to have a strong squad rather than just hav­ing a strong XI and we have that.

“I am al­ways look­ing for new play­ers, but oth­ers will look af­ter that dur­ing Au­gust while I con­cen­trate on get­ting the team right.

“We have two tough games com­ing up at home against Brad­ford on Satur­day and Mill­wall next Tues­day, but we go into them with the con­fi­dence win­ning brings.

“I ac­tu­ally lost my cool with the play­ers for the first time at half-time in the Wim­ble­don game as we had been way off the pace in the first half, but the re­ac­tion they gave me was ex­cel­lent.

“To score three goals against any­one in the se­cond half of a game is im­pres­sive.

“And to score three goals at Rochdale was also a top ef­fort. Not many teams will win at Rochdale like we did as they area very good side.

“To think peo­ple were think­ing we might strug­gle for goals this sea­son! It’s good that they’ve been ar­riv­ing from dif­fer­ent play­ers. Any for­ward player should rel­ish play­ing for us as we will cre­ate so many chances.”

Posh have suf­fered in­jury con­cerns in the open­ing two games.

New cen­tral de­fender Ryan Tafa­zolli lasted just 21 min­utes of his de­but at Rochdale be­fore suc­cumb­ing to a ham­string strain. He should be fit to re­turn this week­end.

Cap­tain Chris For­rester limped out of the Dons match with a groins train. He was be­ing as­sessed to­day( Thurs­day ).

Grant McCann: ‘Peo­ple thought we might strug­gle to score goals.’

Tom Nichols heads his first goal in the win over AFC Wim­ble­don.

Mar­cus Mad­di­son scores for Posh at Rochdale.

Chris For­rester picked up a knock against AFC Wim­ble­don.

Ryan Tafa­zolli went off with an in­jury at Rochdale.

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