Sloppy work that would have shamed school­boys

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

Posh­bossGran­tMcCan­nwas harsh to de­scribe the de­fen­sive ef­forts of his team in the fi­nal few min­utes as ‘school­boy-like’.

First- for­m­ers and PE teach­ers all over the city should be up in arms at hav­ing their rep­u­ta­tions trashed so un­fairly.

McCann was how­ever rightly up­set his side failed tode­fendalead­given­tothem by­full debu­tan­tGe­orgeMon­cur’s sec­ond­goal six min­utes from the end of nor­mal.

It was a lead Posh thor­oughly de­served against poor op­po­si­tion and one that would have ar­rived ear­lier had striker Tom Ni­chols not­missedt­wosit­ters­dur­ing a dom­i­nant sec­ond-half.

Ni­chols ap­peared to have wrig­gled off the hook when Mon­curslot­ted­home­fol­low­ing fine work from su­vsti­tute Paul Tay­lor, but in­stead of the goal gal­vanis­ing Posh and de­liv­er­ing third place in the League One table, they in­stead slipped into panic mode.

Passes went stray, de­fen­sive clear­ances were sliced into the air and Vale winger Jerome Thomas, ef­fec­tively shack­led by Posh right-back Michael Smith for three- quar­ters of the game, started to tor­ment his re­place­ment Hay­den White.

The equaliser when it ar­rived there­fore came as lit­tle shock. Nor did the route a s Pos h co n - ceded their fourth penalty in seven League One matches, plus the added shame of a red card for An­drew Hughes as heblockedagoal-bound­shot with his hands.

Alex Jones com­fort­ably con­verted the 94th-minute penalty to go with his six­th­minute strike which gave Vale a lead they main­tained for just two min­utes.

Mon­cur, who was head and shoul­ders above his team- mates, scored that equaliser af­ter latch­ing onto Mar­cusMad­di­son’s finepass and Posh re­ally should have gone on to win this game at acan­ter. Hughes missed a glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity to score a goal when clev­erly set up by Mon­cur and he was dou­bly­pun­ishe­datthedeath for his slop­pi­ness.

Clearly de­fen­sive frail­ties are hin­der­ing what has still beenasteadys­tart to the sea­son, although on-loan goal­keeper Luke McGee made a de­cent­de­butwhich­in­cluded afinelate­save­with­h­is­feet to thwart Thomas.

An­drew Hughes takes on Port Vale’s Alex Jones.

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