McCann chases points rather than plau­dits

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

Posh man­ager Grant McCann is ig­nor­ing the praise his side re­ceived for their per­for­mance at Sh­effield United last week­end. Posh went down 1-0 to one of the pro­mo­tion favourites at Bra mall Lane de­spite en­joy­ing the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion.

An early goal for Matty Done set­tled the des­ti­na­tion of the points, but Posh played foot­ball good enough to im­press Blades boss Chris Wilder, if not McCann.

“I was with Chris on Tues­day night and he com­pli­mented me on our per­for­mance ,” McCann re­vealed.

“It’s al­ways nice to hear other clubs say­ing we played well, but it’s scant con­so­la­tion. I’m not in­ter­ested in plau­dits. I’m in­ter­ested in points.

“Of course I want us to play good, en­ter­tain­ing foot­ball, but I want us tow­ing ames first and fore­most. We got what we de­served at Sh­effield even though we played well.

“We played well with­out win­ning and that’s the bot­tom line. And that frus­trates me and dis­ap­points me.

“With the pos­ses­sion we had we should have cre­ated more scor­ing chances than we man­aged.

“We made some bad de­ci­sions in at­tack. We de­liv­ered some pow­der­puff shots at goal from long range when we should have taken an­other pass.

“And when we did cre­ate a scor­ing op­por­tu­nity we just weren’t ruth­less enough.

“Gwi on Ed­wards had an op­por­tu­nity to score in these con d-half and if that chance had fallen to Billy Sharp at the other end it would have been a goal.

“We also started the game slowly and that’s some­thing we have to ad­dress. Start­ing slowly against sides of Sh­effield United’s qual­ity will prove costly and so it proved. The man­age­ment staff have been look­ing at statis­tics that sug­gest if we score first weare 70 per cent more likely to get a pos­i­tive re­sult.”

It was the first time Posh had failed to score in an away game this sea­son and the de­feat dropped McCann’s men to ninth place.

Posh have now failed to win any of the three League games played since the im­pres­sive 2-0 win at MK Dons.

“Fail­ing to win the two pre­vi­ous home matches hurt us ,” McCann added.

“If we’d won those matches - which we should have done - it would have been a ‘free’ game for us in Sh­effield.

“We could have gone there and en­joyed our­selves, but in­stead we put our­selves un­der pres­sure to get a re­sult.

“But an early goal en­abled Sh­effield to sit deep in the sec­ond-half which made it dif­fi­cult for us.

“I made three changes in the sec­ond-half to give us a bit more en­ergy, but we just couldn’t get the goal we needed.”

McCann handed 17 yearold striker Deon Moore his Foot­ball League de­but as a sec­ond- half sub­sti­tute for Tom Ni­chols. Left-back Jerome Bin­nom-Will i ams and Paul Tay­lor also started after miss­ing out the week be­fore against Port Vale. Blades boss Wilder was de­lighted with his side’s win against a team he rates highly.

Wilder said: “It was a very pleas­ing win against dan­ger­ous op­po­si­tion, who have sev­eral tal­ented play­ers. We recog­nised their strengths in our anal­y­sis of them and we were res­o­lute and de­ter­mined, and cre­ated the bet­ter chances.

“We played well and de­served the vic­tory, but credit to (goal keeper) Si­mon (Moore) who made a ter­rific save with the game at 1-0.

“Peter­bor­ough will cause a lot of teams so many prob­lems with the way they play, so credit to them and their man­ager, but I’m de­lighted we kept our win­ning run go­ing.”

The Blades were win­ning for the fourth League One match in a row to move upto sixth place.

Chris Wilder: “Peter­bor­ough will cause many teams a lot of prob­lems.”

Gwion Ed­wards missed a great chance to equalise for Posh.

Paul Tay­lor was re­called to the start­ing line up at Bra­mall Lane.

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