High and lows for McCann

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

Grant McCann has ex­pe­ri­enced the ex­treme highs and lows of man­age­ment in the space of four days.

The rookie Posh boss was thrilled with his side’s 2- 0 League One win at arch ri­vals MK Dons last Satur­day, but ap­palled by a dis­mal dis­play from a much-changed side that crashed 6-1 at home to Nor­wich City in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy on Tues­day night.

That’s a club record-equalling mar­gin of de­feat in a home match for Posh in the club’s Foot­ball League era and it left McCann froth­ing at the mouth.

He ac­cused some of his play­ers of ‘ar­ro­gance’.

“I’m frus­trated, angry and em­bar­rassed,” McCann said af­ter the Nor­wich game.

“I take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the de­feat as I was the one who made seven changes to the start­ing line-up, but the bot­tom line is some of the play­ers are clearly not as good as I thought they were.

“That was an un­ac­cept­able per­for­mance from play­ers who per­formed with a level of ar­ro­gance that was un­war­ranted. I don’t know why, be­cause we stressed be­fore­hand that Nor­wich would bring a good side, but we started the game as though we ex­pected an easy win.

“This com­pe­ti­tion is a pri­or­ity for us and we started with a side ca­pa­ble of so much bet­ter than we showed, but few play­ers did them­selves any favours.

“It was a good op­por­tu­nity missed by sev­eral play­ers to make my se­lec­tion this Satur­day far harder. I feel sorry for the fans who turned out to watch that. Nor­wich were ruth­less and fully de­served their win.”

McCann’s mood was in di­rect con­trast to his de­meanour af­ter a win at sta­dium:mk took his side up to sev­enth place in League One.

An­drew Hughes scored his first Posh goal in the sec­ond minute and a late own goal se­cured the win.

“We de­liv­ered the per­fect away per­for­mance,” McCann enthused. “We con­trolled the game from the first minute to the last.

“We were very solid de­fen­sively and we looked a threat ev­ery time we went for­ward.

“We also man­aged the game very well. We dic­tated the tempo of the match thanks in part to the out­stand­ing per­for­mances of cap­tain Chris For­rester and Leo Da Silva Lopes in mid­field.

“It was quite a dis­play from Leo. At 17 he pro­duced one of the most com­plete per­for­mances I’ve ever seen from a Posh player. His calm­ness and tem­per­a­ment are re­mark­able for one so young. Noth­ing seems to faze him and he fully jus­ti­fied his in­clu­sion in what is al­ways a big game for our club.

“The clean sheet was also very en­cour­ag­ing.”

Posh now have back-to­back home games in League One against Swin­don (Septem­ber 3) and Port Vale (Septem­ber 10).

They are also still in­volved in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy de­spite their heavy mid­week de­feat. They will host League One ri­vals MK Dons in their next out­ing on Oc­to­ber 4.

McC ann handed first-team de­buts as sed­cond-half sub­sti­tutes to youth team play­ers De on Moore and Mor­gan Pen­fold against Nor­wich.

Grant McCann: “Leo pro­duced the com­plete per­for­mance.”

Posh play­ers cel­e­brate the sec­ond goal at MK Dons.

Debu­tant Mor­gan Pen­fold in ac­tion for Posh against Nor­wich.

Cen­tral de­fender Ryan Tafa­zolli re­turned from in­jury against Nor­wich

Dean Moore made his first-team de­but against Nor­wich

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