McCann’s men de­liver a men­ac­ing per­for­mance

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - TWO BIG WINS -

Posh de­liv­ered a per­for­mance full of men­ace at Whad­don Road.

That was Posh man­ager Grant McCann’s de­scrip­tion, a man who is con­vinced he has as­sem­bled a for­ward line to frighten the life out of League One de­fences this sea­son.

Jack Mar­riott’s hat-trick was the ma­jor plus, as was the per­for­mance of play­maker Mar­cus Mad­di­son, although praise of that mercurial ta­lent comes tinged with sad­ness at his im­pend­ing de­par­ture.

Whether or not Posh can hang on to him for a while could de­ter­mine how well his team start the 2017-18 cam­paign.

As is cus­tom­ary Posh in­sist they have iden­ti­fied a re­place­ment - it might even be sum­mer sign­ing Danny Lloyd - but who­ever it is will need time to get near Mad­di­son’s goal-as­sist and goal-scor­ing stan­dards. Mad­di­son scored here and helped cre­ate a cou­ple of other goals, most notably with a rak­ing pass that en­abled Ju­nior Mo­rias to pick out strike part­ner Mar­riott to com­plete his hat-trick from close range.

An own goal from a Mad­di­son free-kick com­pleted a rout that had looked un­likely when Posh skip­per Jack Bald­win con­ceded two penal­ties in the open­ing quar­ter of the game. For­tu­nately ‘keeper Jonathan Bond saved the sec­ond one from Dan Hol­man.

“We were a bit lack­lus­tre at the start,” McCann stated. “But once we got go­ing we looked full of men­ace. Mar­cus Mad­di­son was un­playable and Jack and Ju­nior were very dan­ger­ous up front to­gether.”

How long Posh can keep Mad­di­son will de­ter­mine how well they start.

Steven Tay­lor made his Posh de­but at Chel­tenham.

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