Posh pro­mo­tion push

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

Posh have sneaked into a League One play-off place, but man­ager Grant McCann ad­mits he still has plenty to work on.

Last Satur­day’s 2-2 draw with Swin­don at the A BA X Sta­dium was enough to move Posh up a place to sixth, but it could have been even bet­ter as goals from Gwion Ed­wards and Mar­cus Mad­di­son (from the penalty spot) twice saw McCann’s men in front.

Swin­don also con­verted a penalty and equalised for the fi­nal time cour­tesy of an own goal by Jack Bald­win in front of the live Sky TV cam­eras.

McCann said: “In the end a draw was a fair re­sult against a very good Swin­don side.

“Ob­vi­ously we want to be win­ning our home games, but we stood off them too much in the first half.

“In the sec­ond half we tried to pres­surise them a lot more when they had the ball and we cer­tainly im­proved.

“It’s been a de­cent start, but there is plenty for us to work on.

“We are sixth, but we can get much bet­ter. That’s a pos­i­tive thought to take into the next match.

“We scored two good goals against Swin­don, but I was dis­ap­pointed for our back four that we con­ceded a penalty and an own goal as they had all put in a good shift and de­fended well.

“The penalty they were given was a dis­ap­point­ment. Even the Swin­don man­ager felt we were hard done by.

“The ball did hit Michael Bost­wick on the arm, but he did all he could to get his arms and hands out of the way of the ball.

“You of­ten get the ben­e­fit of the doubt when th­ese things hap­pen in a home match, but un­for­tu­nately not this time!

“It’s a shame be­cause lead­ing twice at home ought to lead to a win.”

McCann was pleased with some in­di­vid­ual dis­plays in the Swin­don game and de­lighted he was able to give de buts from the sub­sti­tutes bench to trans­fer dead­line day loan sign­ings Ge­orge Mon­cur and Nathan Od­u­awa.

“Mar­cus Mad­di­son was out­stand­ing,” McCann stated. “His at­tack­ing qual­ity has never been in doubt, but he’s learn­ing the de­fen­sive part of his role as well.

“And we saw a glimpse of what Ge­orge Mon­cur can do. There’s a rea­son why he ended up at a Cham­pi­onship club in the sum­mer and there’s no doubt he will be­come a top player for our club. He has a lot of qual­ity.

“Nathan didn’t have long to show us his best, but he can take the breath away with his abil­ity.”

Bost­wick col­lected the ‘For­ever Posh’ player of the month prize for Au­gust ahead of the match fol­low­ing a string of strong de­fen­sive dis­plays.

But it’s M ad­di­son and Ed­wards who have been catching the eye fur­ther for­ward. Ed­wards is joint sec­ond­top scorer in League One with four goals in his first sea­son at Posh, while Mad­di­son is just a goal be­hind, but has also con­trib­uted five goal as­sists.

Mad­di­son was sec­ond in the League One as­sist charts last sea­son and he’s promised to de­liver an­other pro­duc­tive sea­son.

“Three goals and five as­sists in Au­gust is pleas­ing,” Mad­di­son stated. “But it’s im­por­tant I main­tain the form for the whole sea­son.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing not to beat Swin­don. When you are ahead at home with 15 min­utes to go you ex­pect to win.”

The third Posh loan sign­ing of trans­fer dead­line day, Spurs goal­keeper Luke McGee, sat on the sub­sti­tutes’ bench af­ter fail­ing to dis­lodge 39 year-old Mark Tyler from the start­ing line-up.

“Mark is a great pro­fes­sional ,” McCann added .“He never lets us down.”

Mar­cus Mad­di­son: “I need to main­tain my cur­rent form all sea­son.”

Posh mid­fielder Gwion Ed­wards (left) is thrilled with his goal.

Mar­cus Mad­di­son cel­e­brates his goal for Posh from the penalty spot.

Michael Bost­wick was un­lucky to con­cede a penalty against Swin­don.

Nathan Oduwa made his de­but as a Posh sub­sti­tute against Swin­don.

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