Grant keeps faith
Posh - A knockout blow won’t lead to panic stations
Peterborough United manager Grant McCann won’t be panicked into changes in personnel or playing formation.
One bad result against Barnet in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday had fans clamouring for the abandonment of McCann’s preferred 3-4-1-2 system.
But McCann said: “I have great faith in my players and I have great faith in the way I want to play.
“We did look more dangerous when we switched formations for the second half againt Barnet, but I know I have the players who can make 3-4-12 work.
“We’ve only played two games and we played very well in the first of them.
“We made changes for the Barnet game, but it was a sluggish start by the players and not the system that caused us problems.”
Posh opened their League One campaign with a 2-1 home win over Plymouth last weekend before losing 3-1 to League Two side Barnet in the cup.
Posh travel to Bristol Rovers for their first away game of the season on Saturday.
Peterborough United manager Grant McCann admitted his side got exactly what they deserved from the first week of competitive action at the ABAX Stadium.
McCann insisted Posh were worthy 2-1 winners over Plymouth in their opening League One match last Saturday, but accepted they were beaten by a superior side when bowing out of the Carabao Cup at the first round stage to League Two side Barnet.
McCann made three changes to his starting lineup for the game against the Bees, but refused to use that as an excuse for a poor performance.
“I was surprised and disappointed the absence of two experienced players in Steven Taylor and Anthony Grant caused so much confusion,” McCann stated. “It was a very disappointing performance and we won’t shy away from the fact we deserved to be beaten.
“I could tell from the first minute we were not at the races. We played as though we had made it as footballers already and that this game would be easy for us.
“The club wanted a Carabao Cup run, but it’s gone now and we will make sure we do well in the Checkatrade Trophy and in the FA Cup, but most importantly of all, we will do well in League One.
“We deserved to beat Plymouth. I was pleased with the way we stood up to a strong team who have been used to winning over the last couple of seasons.
“We were cruising at 2-0 up, but once they scored we had to manage the game well.
“And we did. I was confident that this group of players would stand firm and not concede again which wasn’t the case against Barnet.
“The things we did well against Plymouth, like showing aggression, winning second balls and tracking runners, we just didn’t do very well at all against Barnet.
“It’s impossible for players to think they can just switch on and off when they feel like it. At this level you have to be on it for every minute of every game or you get punished as Barnet proved.
“We created plenty of chances in the second half which was a positive, but Barnet deserved to win.”
McCann gave competitive debuts to Taylor, Danny Lloyd, Michael Doughty, Jack Marriott, Jonathan Bond, Idris Kanu and Alex Penny in the opening two fixtures of the campaign.
Alex Penny made his Posh debut against Plymouth.
Steven Taylor missed the Carabao Cup tie.
McCann: “You can’t just switch on and off when you feel like it.”
Posh blow it. Grant McCann after Tuesday night’s cup defeat.
Posh midfielder Anthony Grant is in the thick of things against Plymouth.
Gwion Edwards shoots and scores for Posh against Barnet.