Tom’s backed to fire

Man­ager Grant McCann in­sists his side have too many good play­ers not to mount a con­certed League One pro­mo­tion challenge.

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

Posh dom­i­nated a home game against Wal­sall last Saturday and an away match at Shrews­bury on Tues­day, but drew both matches 1-1.

Mar­cus Mad­di­son scored a great equal­is­ing goal against Wal­sall, but Posh wasted a dom­i­nant first-half dis­play at Shrews­bury and re­lied on a penalty save from Luke McGee to pre­serve a point.

Cen­tral de­fender Ryan Tafa­zolli was sent off con­ced­ing the penalty with over half an hour to go.

Posh failed to win any of five League One matches in Septem­ber. Four were drawn and Posh are ninth ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Southend.

But McCann said: “We are frus­trated, but we have too many good play­ers not to turn it around.

“We dom­i­nated a lot of the game against Wal­sall, but ran into one of the best goal­keep- ers in League One play­ing at the top of his form.

“And we were out­stand­ing in the first-half at Shrews­bury with the play­ers ac­cept­ing they should have been four or five goals ahead at half-time.

“We just needed a sec­ond goal and we would have won the game. We would also have won the game if Ryan Tafa­zolli hadn’t been sent off, but that’s the way things have been lately. We are miss­ing too many chances to score and we can’t com­pletely cut out the de­fen­sive mis­takes, but I was en­cour­aged by what I saw at Shrews­bury.

“It was a very good awayper­for­mance, es­pe­cially in the first-half when we reg­u­larly cut them open.

“We also showed great re­solve af­ter we went down to 10 men. We were dis­ci­plined and or­gan­ised and we might have nicked it at the end.

“When I see the likes of Mar­cus Mad­di­son and Gwion Ed­wards work­ing so hard de­fen­sively for the team I know there is noth­ing wrong with the spirit in the team.

“Nei­ther player is known for that sort of work, but they dis­played great ma­tu­rity. I was pleased with how well the whole team dug in.

“Mar­cus also showed his qual­ity again with a great goal against Wal­sall, while Gwion con­tin­ues to prove ex­actly why I brought him to the club.

“He makes great runs and he’s a brave lad who likes to get on the end of things. Four of his five goals this sea­son have been head­ers. “Ob­vi­ously we went into both games want­ing three points, but it’s im­por­tant that if we can’t win then we don’t lose. This is go­ing to be a very com­pet­i­tive di­vi­sion this sea­son and I have no doubt we will be in the right end of it when it mat­ters.

“No team is threat­en­ing to run away with pro­mo­tion, but any team that can string four or five wins to­gether will get them­selves into a very strong po­si­tion.

“We are ca­pa­ble 0f do­ing that.”

Posh are cur­rently four points off the fi­nal League One play-offspot, bu­talso just four points away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

Scun­thorpe sre set­ting the pace with 21 points from 10 matches.

Grant McCann: “If you can’t win, it’s im­por­tant not to lose.”

Posh striker Paul Tay­lor takes on the Shrews­bury de­fence.

Ex­cel­lent Wal­sall ‘keeper Neil Etheridge beats Gwion Ed­wards to the ball.

Grant McCann has seen signs of en­cour­age­ment.

Ryan Tafa­zolli was sent off at Shrews­bury.

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